Comprehensive Soldier Fitness

September 28, 2009 By
Posted in Veteran Benefits

According to the Army, there are five dimensions of strenth:

* Physical – Performing and excelling in physical activities that require aerobic fitness, endurance, strength, healthy body composition and flexibility derived through exercise, nutrition and training.
* Emotional – Approaching life’s challenges in a positive, optimistic way by demonstrating self control, stamina and good character with your choices and actions.
* Social – Developing and maintaining trusted, valued relationships and friendships that are personally fulfilling and foster good communication including a comfortable exchange of ideas, views, and experiences.
* Family – Being part of a family unit that is safe, supportive and loving, and provides the resources needed for all members to live in a healthy and secure environment.
* Spiritual – Strengthening a set of beliefs, principles or values that sustain a person beyond family, institutional, and societal sources of strength.

About a year ago, the Army established the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program. Subordinate to the Army G-3/5/7, the mission is to “develop and institute a holistic fitness program for Soldiers, families, and Army civilians in order to enhance performance and build resilience” in order to “build confidence to lead, courage to stand up for one’s beliefs and compassion to help others. Comprehensive Soldier Fitness is about maximizing one’s potential.”

The Army is aggressively attacking the stigma associated with mental health issues and recently introduced “resiliency training.” We spoke briefly about that on our show last week.

Recently, Brigadier General Wanda Cornum spoke about this project.

One Response to Comprehensive Soldier Fitness

  1. The Army’s new ACS will help improve the overall health of Soldiers Mental health doctors have been accused of over subscribing medicine when Soldiers have a complaint. I think medicine is healthy, but only when it is combined with physical and cognitive follow-up. Research conducted by James A. Blumenthal, Ph.D. and his colleagues are just one study that demonstrated that regular exercise is as effective as antidepressant medications for patients with major depression. People complain that exercise is a waste of time. Exercise is not a waste of time. Exercise is multifaceted and can help improve our overall health, one major aspect being our mental health when combined with medicine.

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