InDependent’s mission is to create a thriving community of military spouses that support preventative wellness by inspiring each other to make health and fitness a priority.
With over 40 years combined military spouse experience, we understand firsthand the burden of frequent relocations, mission-related stress, deployments/long-term field rotations, and isolation/loneliness. While we spouses are proud to support our service members, our own goals and aspirations are often sacrificed, with fitness and well-being neglected as a result. This makes us that much more susceptible to obesity and its related illnesses – cancer, heart disease, high cholesterol, and type two diabetes.
For the longest time these issues seemed bigger than us, and were deemed someone else’s problem to solve. We realized that if we wanted to see real change, we had to take matters into our own hands.
Using our professional backgrounds and innovative technology, our team of volunteers set out to develop a social, supportive, and informative community where military spouses could connect and inspire each other to make health and fitness a lifestyle priority. All of our programs are free to use and are designed specifically with your needs in mind.
At InDependent we believe that with the right structure and environment, healthy behavior can be contagious. The platform we’ve created is designed for military spouses by military spouses in the hope of supporting individual change. So if you’ve caught the wellness bug – like we have – hop on board and join the movement toward creating a life you love.
“We’re social creatures who get a psychological boost from bonding with people going through a similar experience. Make an effort to help others hit their goals – which can be as simple as throwing them an encouraging word or as involved as taking a newbie under your wing – and you’ll become more dedicated to your own health and well-being too.” -- Women’s Health, June 2013
A community blog that uses social modeling to inspire healthy eating, physical activity, and mindful living. Using this platform, community members are encouraged to share helpful tips, offer advice, show support, discuss new ideas, and highlight success stories. Together, we can discuss and shape the way health and fitness is perceived within the military spouse community. We encourage all spouses to contribute to the blog. If you’d like to share your story, contact us today!
In partnership with Mightybell, we have created a digital wellness community subdivided into small groups based on geographic location. Mightybell powers a unique way for spouses -- who are stationed at or around the same military instillation -- to meet virtually before meeting in-person. Communities can be searched by location and then narrowed down by shared interests. By joining a regional community, spouses can connect, message, share posts, and participate in conversations in their own area while staying within the larger InDependent platform. This service is free to join and you don’t need Facebook to interact. So far we have three active communities. Our long-term goal is to offer this service to spouses from all branches of the Armed Forces stationed in multiple U.S. states and foreign countries. Contact us if you are interested in starting one in your area.
As of January 2014 we became a fiscally-sponsored nonprofit in partnership with Public Health Foundation Enterprises. Through grants and corporate sponsorships we hope to offer our community members a free social fitness program. This will take time to develop, but hopefully it’s in our near future.
'You guys at InDependent are helping me try to stay focused on health and blessings I have and not dwell on the pain and limitations.'
~Jess, Army Spouse
'Just love you guys and the work you do!'
~Nicole, Army Spouse
'I love your website! I am an Army officer but soon going to become also a spouse and this is all new territory to me. I would like to assist in any possible way because I truly believe in what your mission.'
~Maria, Army Officer
'I love what you are doing! I am an army wife in Colorado. I've seen many military spouse bloggers, but none that have created the community that you seem to have created, even across continents!
~Mindy, Army Spouse
'What you’re doing is absolutely amazing!! Good for you. Prior to my commission, I was actually a Navy spouse myself, so I know very well how useful something like this will be.'
~Air Force Officer
I love this initiative! Between the recipes, fitness tips and gorgeous graphics, I can’t wait to see more.
~Naomi, Military Spouse
'This was amazing! I am very health conscious when it comes to eating due to the high mileage I log when training for races. I look for foods that are protein rich balanced with carbs to build muscle and keep my glycemic index in check. This protein rich yogurt and fruit (carbs) is a perfect balance! Thank you!'
~Kate, Military Spouse
'I love the InDependant name. I was just lamenting the other day with another spouse and her husband that we family members are hardly 'dependant,' & the very idea gets under my skin! We are highly independent & absolutely have the power to make healthy choices and changes!'
~Michelle, Military Spouse
'I am a huge fan of exposing Military spouses to health, wellness and creating a supportive team environment.'
~Liz, Military Spouse
'Your website is AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME. You ladies did a wonderful job coming up with and creating it. I look forward to all the future posts.'
~Jen, Military Spouse