Department of Defense Healthy Base Initiative

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  1. The ultimate objective of the Healthy Base Initiative is to improve the health and wellness of service members and their families by reducing obesity and decreasing tobacco use.


    Our vision of success is an installation that provides an environment that makes healthy choices the easy choices; a place that encourages good nutrition, active lifestyles and tobacco-free living.


    Thirteen sites are participating in the Healthy Base Initiative. DoD is examining the participating installations for their ability to create environments that enable sustainable healthy lifestyles. Best practices across participants will be shared with the services for further implementation throughout the force.

    See the list of sites and learn more about the Healthy Base Initiative at,

  2. Marines and civilians pack Barber Physical Activity Center aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico on Jan. 7, 2013. The base’s numerous health-oriented programs will be fodder for suggestions to promote healthy living across the Department of Defense through the Healthy Base Initiative. Photo by Ameesha Felton
  3. DLA Employee Promotes the DLA Wellness/Fitness Program
  4. McNamara Headquarters Complex employees wait in line to pick and purchase produce at a farmers market May 29. The market, which will take place every Wednesday through the summer, is part of Defense Logistics Agency Headquarters’ participation in the Healthy Base Initiative. Photo by Bridgette White
  5. "Healthy Base Initiative" Encourages Good Choices
  6. The Healthy Base Initiative takes a total approach to wellness focusing on exercise, diet and lifestyle choices.
  7. DLA Director Navy Vice Adm. Mark Harnitchek; Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs; and Charles Milam, acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for Military Community and Family Policy, warm up during the kick-off for the Healthy Base Initiative May 15 at the McNamara Headquarters Complex. Photo by Daniel Henry, Military Health System Strategic Communications
  8. DoD Launches Healthy Base Initiative
  9. Defense leaders designate 13 installations to focus on ways to increase the health and wellness of service members, civilians and families
  10. New Center Promotes Health, Fitness