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Release No: 154-13
March 18, 2013

DOD Launches Healthy Base Initiative

            The Department of Defense announced today the selection of 13 sites to participate in its Healthy Base Initiative (HBI), a demonstration project for Operation Live Well, aimed at increasing the health and wellness of the total force, including civilians and family members. 

            Eleven of the pilot sites participating in the assessment are military installations:  Fort Bragg, N.C.; Fort Sill, Okla.; Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; Sub Base New London, Conn.; Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho; Yokota Air Base, Japan; Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center/Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command, Twentynine Palms, Calif.; Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va.; U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Mass.; March Air Reserve Base, Calif.; and Camp Dodge, Iowa.  The remaining two sites participating are the Defense Logistics Agency, Fort Belvoir, Va.; and Defense Health Headquarters, Falls Church, Va.. 

            A healthy and fit force is essential to national security as service members must be physically prepared to deploy in a moment's notice anywhere on the globe to extremely austere and demanding conditions.  As part of this year-long demonstration project, participating installations will be examined for their ability to createenvironmentsthat enablesustainable healthy lifestyles.  

            While HBI is designed to identify effective ways to improve the overall health and wellness of service members, families, and civilians, specific efforts will focus on making informed nutritional food choices, increased physical activity, weight management, and tobacco cessation. Many of the services’ and installations’ longstanding programs will be evaluated to ensure efficiency and effectiveness.  Best practices across participants will be shared with the services for further implementation throughout the force. 

            HBI and DoD’s Operation Live Well are part of the president's National Prevention Strategy and complements the first lady’s Let’s Move! campaign to promote good health for all Americans. The National Prevention Strategy involves all agencies within the federal government and includes an aggressive plan for each agency to take action.  The Let’s Move! campaign is designed to combat and prevent childhood obesity nationwide. 

            More information about Operation Live Well and the Healthy Base Initiative, http://www.militaryonesource.mil/olw .

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