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Commissaries Partner with Military OneSource to Promote Better Health Habits
03/26/2008

As part of the Defense Commissary Agency’s service as nutritional leader for the Department of Defense, commissaries are now boosting awareness of a great “healthy habits” partner, Military OneSource.

A free service to military members and their families, Military OneSource offers help 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the Web at http://www.militaryonesource.com or via toll-free phone at (800) 342-9647 in the United States. Numbers to use from different overseas locations are provided on the Web site.

“Customers are now seeing colorful ‘Healthy Habits Coaching’ banners in their local commissaries,” said Rick Page, DeCA’s acting director. “The banners advertise the website and phone number of OneSource. We hope to remind everyone of this amazing resource offering so much assistance in getting and staying healthy.”

Provided by the Department of Defense, OneSource represents “one-stop shopping” for a wealth of help and information on everything from preparing tax forms to parenting to moving. Its considerable health resources include health calculators, health library, weight loss toolkit and information on fitness and nutrition, finding health resources, managing stress, healthy recipes, and children’s exercise and fitness.

“We’re proud of our partnership with OneSource,” said Page. “Like your commissary, this is a benefit offering so much to improve your quality of life. DeCA team members in our 258 commissaries worldwide remain committed to serving the military community, and we will do everything possible to spread the word on this valuable resource.”

Military OneSource periodically funds advertising on commissary grocery bags as well, placing contact information directly in the hands – and trunks – of military shoppers everywhere. A website link may also be found on DeCA’s home page at http://www.commissaries.com.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings worth about $3,000 annually for a family of four. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.


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