Healthy Military Families Initiative

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We understand the unique challenges for military families, and our organizations are committed to working together through the Healthy Military Family Initiative to provide essential programs and services to allow military families to thrive.

Sponsored by Humana Military, Healthy Military Families Initiative is a partnership with the American Heart Association, USO of Greater Jacksonville, VyStar Credit and the YMCA.

Healthy for Life® is a community-based nutrition and well-being program created by Aramark and the American Heart Association (AHA) that focuses on empowering people to make healthier food and lifestyle choices. The program incorporates interactive components such as cooking demonstrations through a 4-session program. These sessions are created to build food literacy to improve your health and the health of your family.

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The First Coast YMCA strives to support the fitness goals of current Service Members and their families through our VIRTUAL wellness program Operation Strong & Ready (OSR). OSR is the Y’s new wellness program specially designed for service members and their families. In partnership with the Healthy Military Families Initiative, OSR will help service members with their overall wellness goals, be prepared to operate at peak performance and pass their branch’s fitness test.

In response to COVID-19, we will be delivering the program in a safe and supportive, virtual environment. This will also allow us to increase access from our local service area to service members across the state of Florida and beyond.

Program Information

OSR registration is currently open and will run through February 2022. OSR participants will be provided a complimentary Virtual Y Membership sponsored by Humana Military.

Once enrolled you will have the opportunity to join live training sessions twice a week or browse the library of classes and participate in any previously recorded class all in the comfort of your own home. In addition to all OSR classes you will also have access to the First Coast Virtual Y Library that is home to 100’s of virtual offerings. All OSR training sessions are led by certified First Coast YMCA wellness coaches and personal trainers.

Interested in learning more? Complete our online form using the button below.


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Humana Military, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Humana Inc., partners with the Department of Defense to administer the TRICARE health program for military members, retirees and their families in the East Region. For more than 20 years, Humana Military has strived to create better health outcomes and simplified experiences for millions of beneficiaries across the United States through TRICARE and other military healthcare programs. High-quality service, cost-effective platforms and progressive approaches to care drive Humana Military to be a thought leader in the industry and an essential partner to the government.

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Jacksonville USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. At hundreds of locations worldwide, we are united in our commitment to connect our service members and their families through countless acts of caring, comfort and support. We have programs for our Active-Military Service Members and their dependents such as our No Dough Dinners/Lunch 2 Go, Care Packages, Healthy Military Families Initiative, and Educational classes. Some educational classes include Nutrition in the Kitchen, Outdoor Adventure Team and Bob Hope Reading Legacy Program. To find out more, log on to our website at

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VyStar’s Money Makeover, along with the help of your own VyStar Money Coach, is a unique money management exercise to help drive down debt, increase savings and improve your financial outlook. This program will provide monthly online financial education courses focused on budgeting, saving, achieving good credit scores and loans. Participants will be required to complete three sessions (one session a month for three months).  VyStar is committed to ensuring service members receive offerings tailored to their needs, and this is one more way they will be able to enhance their financial knowledge.

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Operation Within offers education through the Operation Within Podcast hosting meaningful and innovative conversations with military leaders, families and subject matter experts exploring ways to optimize, empower and nourish wellbeing through relevant topics and providing resources for the military community.

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To activate your participation in any of the individual partner programs, you must first create a YMCA account.

STEP 1 – Create your account.

  1. Click here to create your account through Daxko Engage.
  2. Select Barco-Newton Family YMCA from the drop-down list of locations. Click “Next.”
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and select “Non-Member” from the list. Click “Next.”
  4. Input your information and setup your username and password.

STEP 2 – Register for programs using the drop-down menu above.