What role should leadership play regarding dietary supplement use?
“Young, impressionable service members seek mentors and role models in their leaders. Every leader, at all levels of an organization, has a responsibility to model healthy behavior. A leader who discusses using or uses weight-loss dietary supplements is sending a signal that this behavior is permissible. It is not. It is incumbent upon leaders to go a step further and also educate subordinates on the risks associated with taking dietary supplements and help direct them to the scientific information about the risks associated with these products.” – Jonathan Woodson, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs and Director, TRICARE Management Activity