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Operation Live Well

The Department of Defense (DoD) wants to improve the health and wellness of the entire defense community. As part of DoD's 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.

Our Focus Areas

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Integrative Wellness

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Mental Wellness

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Nutrition

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Physical Activity

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Sleep

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Tobacco-free Living

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Monday Motivational Message: A little something to work with

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1/4/2016
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Col. Thomas Hundley’s Operation Live Well message this week looks at a grandfather’s wisdom that can lay the foundation for positive life changes in 2016.

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Exercising in cold weather: Some helpful guidelines

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Exercising in cold weather requires extra care in what you wear on your body and your feet, and paying attention to the weather forecast.

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Dietary expert: Be careful of ‘quick fix’ supplements and diets

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12/31/2015
Stimulants and other ingredients in weight-loss supplements can potentially be dangerous to human health. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

Dietary expert explains why avoiding weight loss supplements are so important.

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Motivational Monday Message: Say it loud

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12/28/2015
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Col. Thomas Hundley’s Operation Live Well message this week channels James Brown for a look at holiday temptation and holiday moderation.

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Football season fitness

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12/24/2015
The average football game consists of about 11 minutes of actual play – so you’re watching huddles, replays, and commercials in-between. Use that downtime to your advantage, call an audible, and get moving during time-outs.

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Motivational Monday Message: Go higher

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12/21/2015
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Col. Thomas Hundley’s Operation Live Well message this week looks at Great-grandfather’s lesson about the soaring eagle’s ability to weather storms.

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Decrease your holiday food stress

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12/18/2015
Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Salle Bergh, a food service specialist aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Spar, prepares a meal for the ship's crew. Bergh, along with her fellow chefs, has made healthy recipe alterations to common menu items to help the crew eat healthier, more nutritious meals. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Diana Honings)

Some tips to enjoy a healthy food holiday

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Motivational Monday Message: The chicken or the eggs?

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12/14/2015
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Col. Thomas Hundley’s Operation Live Well message this week looks at Great-grandmother’s ultimatum: change what you’re doing, or get pecked to death!

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Motivational Monday Message: The Country Dirt Road

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12/7/2015
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Col. Thomas Hundley’s Operation Live Well message this week looks at the need for personal maintenance when life’s roads get rough.

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How to get over a workout plateau

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12/7/2015
Damage Controlman 2nd Class Evelyn Medina lifts weights during a workout session on the boat deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland.

Periodization is a training method that can help you overcome the plateau and boredom from doing the same workout repeatedly.

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Eating on the road again

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12/4/2015
Foods such as coffee, doughnuts, energy drinks and candy bars aren’t the right fuel

A critical part of any road trip is making sure you are nourished for the journey

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Big gains with lighter weights

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12/2/2015
Lifting heavy weights isn't necessarily bad, but lifting lighter weights may be good for maintaining muscle mass and growth in certain cases. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. David Lipp)

If you’re trying to increase your muscle mass lifting lighter weights can be a useful

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Motivational Monday Message: All You Can Eat, The Coffee and Reflection

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11/30/2015
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Col. Thomas Hundley’s Operation Live Well message this week, wrapping up his “All You Can Eat” series, serves up “coffee and reflection.”

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Motivational Monday Message: All You Can Eat, Seventh and Final Course - The Dessert

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11/23/2015
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Col. Thomas Hundley’s Operation Live Well message this week, the final of his seven-part “All You Can Eat” series, serves up “the dessert,” in this case desserts that are low in saturated fat and always consumed in moderation.

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Motivational Monday Message: All You Can Eat, Sixth Course - The Cold Dish

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11/16/2015
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Col. Thomas Hundley’s Operation Live Well message this week, part six of seven, serves up “the cold dish,” which samples the courses from previous weeks as we begin to put our program together for maximum health and nutrition.

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