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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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New dietary guidelines for Americans

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2/11/2016
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The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services released the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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Motivational Monday Message: Kicking the habit in a warzone

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Motivational Monday Message: Heart Health

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2/1/2016
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Operation Live Well’s message this week is raising awareness of the leading cause of death in America: heart disease.

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Overcome your weight-loss plateau

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1/28/2016
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You might be at a “plateau” in your weight-loss journey if those last pounds refuse to go away

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Motivational Monday Message: Digging out from Jonas

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1/25/2016
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Operation Live Well’s message this week looks past a mountain of snow to make sure those we care about have also made it through the storm.

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Shine some light on the winter blues

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1/22/2016
Got the wintertime blues? You’re not alone. But Navy Medicine attests there are ways to shine some light to prevent and cope with the dark days of winter. (U.S. Air Force photo Senior Airman George Goslin)

The winter blues affects approximately 10-20 percent of the U.S. population

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Sleep is a performance asset

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1/21/2016
Navy Chief Mass Communication Specialist Keith DeVinney takes a long-needed break and sleeps on a bur during a field training exercise in the Angeles National Forest near Azusa, California.

As people become more sleep-deprived, they become less aware that they’re impaired

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Wondering about weight-loss supplements?

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1/20/2016
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If your goal is to lose weight this year, challenge yourself to do it the old-fashioned way

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Gym Safety: Helpful tips

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1/13/2016
Dangers at the gym can include injury and infections, and almost all are preventable.

According to Army Maj. Jesse DeLuca, a sports medicine specialist at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, most gym injuries are preventable, from dropping weights on a foot to pulled muscles.

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Monday Motivational Message: I must be the best

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1/11/2016
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Col. Thomas Hundley’s Operation Live Well message this week looks at a sudden life-changing realization while watching two star athletes compete in an NFL football game.

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Five ways to stay active at work

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1/11/2016
Biking to work is one thing people can do to help keep them moving.

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Medical experts look beyond drugs for sleep solutions

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1/8/2016
Soldiers from the 824th Quarter Master Company find a convenient place to rest while waiting for transportation to their deployment.

One in 20 active-duty Soldiers are on sleep medications

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Daylight deprivation causes depression during autumn, winter months

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1/7/2016
Military personnel can suffer from a form of depression known as seasonal affective disorder or SAD, which results from a lack of daylight during the cold, dark months of autumn and winter.

Lack of daylight brings with it “dark days.”

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High-stress holidays can leave their mark with anxiety, depression

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1/6/2016
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Holiday stress and depression can carry over after the New Year if not recognized. Those affected by post-holiday stress should get back to their normal routines and identify any pressures that affect their mental health.

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Peak nutrition in cold weather

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