Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif. --
Operation Live Well has landed aboard the Combat Center. Service members and patrons are being strongly encouraged to practice healthy behaviors in their everyday lives. Operation Live Well covers healthy living in many different aspects. It encourages a tobacco-free life, exercise and healthy diets. Many labels of unhealthy foods look appealing but Wednesday’s tour offered by Semper Fit showed patrons what is good and bad in certain products aboard our installation.
“A lot of people don’t know what actually goes into the food they are getting,” said Danielle M. Kyle, certified athletic trainer, certified strength and conditioning specialist. “If you take time to look at the ingredients and see what is actually in the food, you would be surprised. This tour helps with noticing those ingredients.”
The commissary tours will be offered the first Wednesday of every month. They are about 30 minutes long depending on the amount of questions asked by the participants. The tour is led by a Semper Fit official and covers different aspects on how Combat Center patrons should shop.
These tours show what ingredients service members and their families should be looking for and which ones they should be trying to avoid. Each food group has a detailed explanation and patrons are shown the good and bad foods of that group. The tour also isolates popular, unhealthy foods and patrons are shown healthy alternatives to their favorite foods.
“Marines can do physical training all day long but if they don’t eat healthy, then it will be hard to improve,” said 1st Lt. Lamontie James, 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, assistant operations officer. “It makes no sense to make my Marines roll around in the dirt and train if they are going to go home and eat unhealthy food. Then they will be wondering why they look the same a few months later.”
Operation Live Well encourages service members and families to want to practice healthy behavior not only for the remainder of the operation but for the rest of their lives. With healthy nutrition tips, the goal is well within reach.