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Operation Live Well

We want to improve the health and wellness of the entire defense community. As part of Operation Live Well, we have assembled a set of resources which you can use to adopt or maintain a healthy lifestyle. Please join us in our journey to health and wellness.

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Repetition, intensity can build a ‘recipe for injury’ during workouts

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9/22/2017
Avoiding any sudden increases in activity level, duration, load, and intensity can help prevent overuse injuries. Injuries can also happen as a result of technique errors, such as poor form during strength training exercises. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Robert Cloys)

Doing too much too soon, or too much of the same, can lead to overuse injuries but there are many ways people can prevent these injuries

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Setting goals, logging miles: How to train for a running event

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9/20/2017
Runners participate in the Mulberry Island Half Marathon at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, in September 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard)

Whether you’re training for a 5K or a full marathon, preparing properly takes more than just running

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New school year, same risk: Don’t forget the sunscreen

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9/20/2017
Whether at recess or recreational sports, children and teens are exposed to UV rays and it’s important to protect their skin throughout the school year. Experts recommend re-applying sunscreen after an hour and a half – especially while playing sports outside or swimming. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Kristen Wong)

As children and teenagers return to school, experts remind parents to make sunscreen application part of their daily routines throughout the school year

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Getting ZZZZs: Military sleep clinics keep troops on their toes by shutting their eyes

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9/19/2017
An Airman is hooked up to wires and a continuous positive air pressure mask in the 673d Medical Group Sleep Disorder Clinic at the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Hospital, Alaska. The equipment monitors a patient's brain function, heart rate, temperature, breath, and movement. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher R. Morales)

Sleep is an important preventive health tool, and military sleep clinics help patients get the shut-eye they need

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The importance of sleep - you lose if you don't snooze

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9/6/2017
It's no secret that military service often results in periods of decreased sleep. Service members need to use what opportunity they have to get good sleep. (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Mark Burrell)

Sleep is an important element of health and well-being just like nutrition and physical fitness

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Health Readiness | Sleep | Operation Live Well

Watch out for 'hidden' sugars

Article
7/14/2017
Some sugars occur naturally in fruits and milk products. However, other sugars are added to foods and drinks during preparation, processing, or at your table. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Caleb McDonald)

Some sugars occur naturally in fruits and milk products. However, other sugars are added to foods and drinks during preparation, processing, or at your table.

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Getting back on track: Changing your behavior to achieve goals

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4/17/2017
Tracking how you behave in situations related to your goal can help you detect which of your habits or behaviors may cause you to fail. Identifying the behaviors that led you off track is the way to help you understand what works for you and get you back on track. (U.S. Air Force photo by Bill Evans)

Tracking how you behave in situations related to your goal can help you detect which of your habits or behaviors may cause you to fail

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Preventive Services for Prime Beneficiaries

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1/3/2017
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This TRICARE TV Episode discusses TRICARE's preventive health benefits for TRICARE Prime Beneficiaries.

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FDA says no to methylsynephrine

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4/26/2016
If you’re considering taking a dietary supplement with methylsynephrine or oxilofrine on the label, you might want to think twice.

The FDA recently announced that methylsynephrine does not meet the statutory definition of a dietary supplement ingredient

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How to avoid stress fractures

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4/8/2016
Stress fractures are common among military recruits, in about 3% of men and 9% of women, and it can take several weeks to months for stress fractures to heal. Most occur in the lower extremities, especially the lower leg and foot.

A stress fracture is a tiny crack in a bone that happens when your muscles can’t absorb shock and transfer stresses to the bone

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Nootropics on your mind?

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Armed with sleep: The importance of sleep on warfighter performance

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3/22/2016
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The need for speed workouts

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Motivational Monday Message: Preventing Head Injuries

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Repetition, intensity can build a ‘recipe for injury’ during workouts

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Setting goals, logging miles: How to train for a running event

Article
9/20/2017
Runners participate in the Mulberry Island Half Marathon at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, in September 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard)

Whether you’re training for a 5K or a full marathon, preparing properly takes more than just running

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Physical Activity | Operation Live Well

New school year, same risk: Don’t forget the sunscreen

Article
9/20/2017
Whether at recess or recreational sports, children and teens are exposed to UV rays and it’s important to protect their skin throughout the school year. Experts recommend re-applying sunscreen after an hour and a half – especially while playing sports outside or swimming. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Kristen Wong)

As children and teenagers return to school, experts remind parents to make sunscreen application part of their daily routines throughout the school year

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Preventive Health | Children's Health | Operation Live Well

Getting ZZZZs: Military sleep clinics keep troops on their toes by shutting their eyes

Article
9/19/2017
An Airman is hooked up to wires and a continuous positive air pressure mask in the 673d Medical Group Sleep Disorder Clinic at the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Hospital, Alaska. The equipment monitors a patient's brain function, heart rate, temperature, breath, and movement. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher R. Morales)

Sleep is an important preventive health tool, and military sleep clinics help patients get the shut-eye they need

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The importance of sleep - you lose if you don't snooze

Article
9/6/2017
It's no secret that military service often results in periods of decreased sleep. Service members need to use what opportunity they have to get good sleep. (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Mark Burrell)

Sleep is an important element of health and well-being just like nutrition and physical fitness

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Health Readiness | Sleep | Operation Live Well

Watch out for 'hidden' sugars

Article
7/14/2017
Some sugars occur naturally in fruits and milk products. However, other sugars are added to foods and drinks during preparation, processing, or at your table. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Caleb McDonald)

Some sugars occur naturally in fruits and milk products. However, other sugars are added to foods and drinks during preparation, processing, or at your table.

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Nutrition | Human Performance Resource Center | Operation Live Well

Getting back on track: Changing your behavior to achieve goals

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4/17/2017
Tracking how you behave in situations related to your goal can help you detect which of your habits or behaviors may cause you to fail. Identifying the behaviors that led you off track is the way to help you understand what works for you and get you back on track. (U.S. Air Force photo by Bill Evans)

Tracking how you behave in situations related to your goal can help you detect which of your habits or behaviors may cause you to fail

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Preventive Services for Prime Beneficiaries

Video
1/3/2017
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This TRICARE TV Episode discusses TRICARE's preventive health benefits for TRICARE Prime Beneficiaries.

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Operation Live Well | Integrative Wellness | Heart Health | Immunizations | Men's Health | Children's Health | TRICARE Health Program | Preventive Health | Women's Health

FDA says no to methylsynephrine

Article
4/26/2016
If you’re considering taking a dietary supplement with methylsynephrine or oxilofrine on the label, you might want to think twice.

The FDA recently announced that methylsynephrine does not meet the statutory definition of a dietary supplement ingredient

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Nutrition | Human Performance Resource Center | Operation Live Well

How to avoid stress fractures

Article
4/8/2016
Stress fractures are common among military recruits, in about 3% of men and 9% of women, and it can take several weeks to months for stress fractures to heal. Most occur in the lower extremities, especially the lower leg and foot.

A stress fracture is a tiny crack in a bone that happens when your muscles can’t absorb shock and transfer stresses to the bone

Recommended Content:

Operation Live Well | Physical Activity | Human Performance Resource Center

Eat to succeed in your training envIRONment

Article
4/5/2016
Steaks on a grill

Iron is essential to form hemoglobin, which carries oxygen in the blood

Recommended Content:

Operation Live Well | Nutrition | Human Performance Resource Center

Nootropics on your mind?

Article
3/30/2016
Two Marines shop for dietary supplements.

Nootropics are substances marketed to improve mental performance

Recommended Content:

Operation Live Well | Nutrition | Human Performance Resource Center

Armed with sleep: The importance of sleep on warfighter performance

Article
3/22/2016
Army Soldiers catch a few minutes of sleep on board an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III.

Scientists at the Naval Health Research Center’s Sleep and Fatigue Research Laboratory are studying the sleep concerns warfighters face

Recommended Content:

Sleep | Operation Live Well

The need for speed workouts

Article
3/22/2016
A leisurely long run isn’t bad for you – it just means that if you want to run faster, you have to train faster.

Incorporate speed workouts into your runs

Recommended Content:

Physical Activity | Human Performance Resource Center | Operation Live Well

Motivational Monday Message: Preventing Head Injuries

Article
3/14/2016
Joggers at Sunset, Motivational Monday Message wellness column

Our military community is active. Not only do the armed forces emphasize fitness, but sports are a personal passion for a lot of us, whether riding a bike or motorcycle, playing on a team or competing in extreme sports

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Operation Live Well
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