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'Live Healthy, Save Big!'

Lifestyle festival offers patrons best of military resale partnership

FORT LEE, Va. (May 11, 2017) – Special savings on commissary and exchange products along with the opportunity to participate in fitness-related events are in store for military members and their families during the worldwide Your Healthy Lifestyle Festival, May 26 - June 25.

This annual military resale partnership event is hosted by the Defense Commissary Agency and features the best of military resale. Discounted prices are available on produce at commissary farmers markets and workout equipment and apparel at exchange sidewalk sales.

Military health clinics will also conduct health screenings, and the installation's morale, welfare and recreation activities will host fitness events and children's programs. Industry partners will offer demos, music, free nutritious food samples, prize giveaways and discount coupon offers.

The majority of sale dates occur over a weekend in late May and throughout the month of June, while in some locations, such as Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy, the fest can be as early as May 12-14 or stretch into July such as at Naval Base Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (June 29 - July 2). An overall schedule listing installations and dates can be found on the Healthy Lifestyle Festival page. Customers should contact their local installation media for specific festival event schedules.

"This event has traditionally been a spectacular example of what our installations have to offer through our military resale partnership – combining savings while supporting our community's health and wellness goals," said Tracie Russ, DeCA's director of sales.

"Our patrons can also expect to hear from military veterinarians offering information on keeping our pets healthier and food safety specialists explaining how to read food labels correctly, and prepare and store fresh fruit and vegetables properly," she added.

The overall theme of the partnership event is "Live Healthy and Save Big!" while for DeCA the farmers markets are part of its ongoing celebration of the commissaries' 150th anniversary celebration. The agency will also be highlighting its Nutrition Guide Program, a food labeling initiative that identifies important healthy attributes of products throughout the store.

"We enthusiastically support the military's many efforts to improve the health and wellness of service members and their families," Russ said. "This fest is another example of the community coming together to take care of its own. Ultimately, our goal is to reinforce the installation as the No. 1 destination for partnership events."

Commissary patrons should also check the individual store web pages for more information on farmers market dates and other scheduled events. Customers who live near multiple commissaries are encouraged to use the DeCA website to frequent all sales in their area.

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. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons save thousands of dollars annually on their purchases compared to commercial prices when shopping regularly at a commissary. The discounted prices include a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. 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.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

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