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What role should leadership play regarding dietary supplement use?

    OPSS' Answer

    “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

    Last reviewed 17 April 2014

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