Tools for Warfighters

Downloadable documents, videos, and apps to help you make informed decisions about dietary supplement use. Videos will automatically download when you click on the files.

Get the Scoop

Get the Scoop on Supplements: Realize, Recognize, and Reduce Your Risk

This interactive tool provides evidence-based information to help service members minimize the potential adverse effects of some dietary supplements.

Click here to access Get the Scoop on Supplements

Infosheets

Downloadable documents from HPRC

Essential information about dietary supplement use.

OPSS Campaign Background and Overview [PDF] A one-page infosheet with an introduction to the OPSS Campaign.
Stimulants Found in Dietary Supplements [PDF]

HPRC prepared this list to help you determine whether dietary supplements contain stimulant ingredients, which can have potentially harmful effects.

Energy Drink OPSS InfoSheet [PDF]  This one-page infosheet reviews some common ingredients in energy drinks and things about them to keep in mind for your health and safety.
Red Flags—What You Need to Know [PDF] A two-page infosheet with a checklist of clues to potentially harmful dietary supplement products, along with a list of substances to watch out for.
Dietary Supplement Education for Warfighters [PDF] An extensive overview of dietary supplements, associated risks, and resources—from a slide presentation available in the Tools for Providers section of OPSS.
Dietary Supplements Containing DMAA [PDF] A frequently updated infosheet with names of dietary supplement products containing DMAA currently on the market—as well as ones recently removed from the market.
Reporting Adverse Events Associated with Dietary Supplement Use [PDF] This one-page infosheet has information about how to report adverse reactions to dietary supplements—reporting is essential to help the FDA and the Warfighter community identify products and ingredients that are harmful.
Dietary Supplements and Drug Testing [PDF] Information about what to do if you think a dietary supplement might cause a problem with military drug testing.
Don't Be a Victim of Health Fraud Scams [PDF]

“Be Smart, Be Aware, Be Careful”—tips for avoiding health fraud scams.

A Spanish version can be found here.

Health Fraud Scams...are Everywhere. Get the Facts. [PDF]

 

FDA fact sheet reviewing the common types of health fraud scams.

OPSS Overview for Warfighters [PDF]

This quick overview of OPSS, including key campaign messages and resources, is from a slide presentation available in the Tools for Providers section of OPSS.

Dietary Supplements and Other Commercial Products Containing SARMs

SARMs are not legal dietary supplement ingredients, so OPSS provides this list of dietary supplements and other commercial products currently on the market that contain SARMS.

Videos

Videos will automatically download when you click on the links. Be prepared for a lengthy download time for large files. Check back after 100 pushups. Or visit the OPSS Video channel here.

 

Decoding the Dietary Supplement Industry

There’s a lot that dietary supplement manufacturers don’t tell you. Learn the facts about the dietary supplement industry and how to choose supplements wisely.

A Mother's Plea
[1.01 min]
Gold Star mother Terri Bellamy-Coleman urges service members to seek out information and guidance on dietary supplements from the appropriate channels before taking them.
OPSS Concerns
[2.5 min]
MOV; 90 MB
WMV
; 91 MB
A video to raise awareness of the risks of dietary supplements. What are you taking? Do you really need it? Is it safe?
What You Need To Know About Dietary Supplements
[10.06 min]
MOV; 90 MB

Considering dietary supplements? Consider this information first!

 

Energy Drinks PSA: The Gym
[31 sec]

Get a real boost by eating healthy.

 

Energy Drinks PSA: Teens
[31 sec]

Teens need healthy food, not sugar and caffeine.

USADA Jareem Adverse Events
[3 min]
MOV; 193 MB
WMV; 197 MB
MP4; 15 MB

Former college baseball player Jareem Gunter talks about how taking a dietary supplement ruined his dreams and nearly ended his life.

 

Weight-Loss Supplements [1.5 min]
MOV; 56 MB

WMV; 55 MB
A video pointing out the issues of weight-loss products. Is yours safe?
Roger That [.31 min]
MOV; 56 MB

WMV; 55 MB
MP4; 55.8 MB
You could be putting yourself at risk by taking dietary supplements.
Health Fraud Scams – Be Smart, Be Aware, Be Careful
FDA video on health fraud scams that claims to prevent, treat, or cure disease and/or health conditions.

A Spanish version can be found here.
Health Fraud Scams – Don't Let This Happen To You

More tips for identifying health fraud scams.

The Dangers of Supplements [4 min]

In this video from Performance Triad, Drill Sergeant David Cross talks about his experience using dietary supplements and the consequences he dealt with, including permanent liver damage.

 

Operation Supplement Safety App [1 min]

Do you know what’s really in your dietary supplement? Use the OPSS App to find out.

Apps

OPSS
High-Risk Supplement List App

OPSS App [JPG]The Operation Supplement Safety (OPSS) High-Risk Supplement List is now available as a free app to help you identify supplements that might pose a potential risk to your health or career. The app is currently available for iPhone/iPad from the Apple App Store and coming soon for Android. Download it directly to your phone or tablet.

NMCD for Warfighters

OPSS App IconUse your .mil email address to open an account with the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database to access information about more than 86,000 natural medicines. The OPSS & ND app is available at these links for Android and for iPhone/iPad, or go to the Google or iTunes stores and search for “Operation Supplement Safety."

NSF for Sport App

OPSS NSF Sport App IconA free App from NSF Certified for Sport to help you keep up with dietary supplements approved or banned for use by athletes.

Now available for iPhone, iPad, and Android from the Apple App Store and Android Marketplace.

For more details, see the press release from NSF.

 

Print Materials

Stimulants: Get up to speed [PDF]

Are you up to speed on information about stimulants and how to tell if a dietary supplement product contains stimulants? Use the OPSS infographic to learn more.

OPSS Stimulants Thumbnail

SARMs are unapproved drugs [PDF]

SARMs are not allowed as ingredients in dietary supplements. Use this postcard to learn more about SARMs and help you identify some of them in products.

HPRC SARMs Postcard Thumbnail

OPSS Campaign Overview Postcard for Leadership, 5x7 [PDF]

Click the link above to download a high-resolution PDF of this double-sided card or order from the Health Information Products e-Catalog.

    OPSS Postcard Leadership [JPG]

    OPSS Campaign Overview Postcard for Warfighters and Families, 5x7 [PDF]

    This two-sided postcard/handout for Warfighters and families has quick facts about Operation Supplement Safety. Click the link above to download a high-resolution PDF or order from the Health Information Products e-Catalog.

      OPSS Postcard Warfighters [JPG]

      OPSS Real Food Poster [PDF]

      Click the link above to download a
      high-resolution PDF (large files require
      time to download), or order from the Health Information Products e-Catalog.

        OPSS Real Food Poster [thumbnail]

        OPSS Energy Drinks Poster, 11.75x15.875 [PDF]


        Click the link above to download a
        high-resolution PDF (large files require
        time to download), or order from the Health Information Products e-Catalog.

        OPSS Energy Drinks Poster Thumbnail

        OPSS Adverse Events Poster, 11.75x15.875 [PDF]


        Click the link to the above to download a
        high-resolution PDF (large files require
        time to download), or order from the Health Information Products e-Catalog.

        OPSS AE Poster Thumbnail

        Ripped or Ripped Off Poster, 11x17 [PDF]


        Click the link to the above to download a
        high-resolution PDF (large files require
        time to download), or order from the Health Information Products e-Catalog.

        Ripped or Ripped Off? OPSS Poster

        Ripped or Ripped Off Table Displays


        Tray Mat: Order from the
        Health Information Products
        e-Catalog.


        Table Tent: Order from the
        Health Information Products
        e-Catalog.

        OPSS Table tent and tray mat

        OPSS Postcard, 5x7 [PDF]

        "Should I buy this supplement?"
        Click the link above to download a high-resolution
        PDF of this double-sided card or order from the  Health Information Products e-Catalog.

        OPSS Postcard thumbnail

        OPSS Nutrition: Fueled for Fitness Brochure, 3.75x8.5 [PDF]

        Click the link above to download a high-resolution
        PDF of the OPSS Nutrition brochure or order from the Health Information Products e-Catalog.

        OPSS Nutrition Brochure thumbnail