TRADOC Command nutritionist, Maj.
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Fort UC, V. – The main objective of the new Holistic and Fitness Initiative, created by the US Military Training and Doctrine Command Center, is military readiness. This goal is achieved by following the five domains of H2F – physical, nutrition, mental, spiritual and sleep. Each of these domains is interconnected and supported.

Dietary readiness domain

Field Manual 7-22, the official H2F document, describes dietary readiness as “the ability to identify, select, and eat the food and drink necessary to meet any physical or non-physical needs.” Healthy. ”

The manual states that the overall performance diet should be “active, active and responsive.” This means that the program must take into account any dietary interventions that need to be taken to provide effective prevention of malnutrition, to help soldiers recover from incidental and post-traumatic stress disorder, and to rehabilitate soldiers.

An active diet, also called a basic diet, focuses on preventing any eating disorders. It is the basis on which we desire and how we are established, and it influences a variety of factors, including personal taste, culture, and beliefs.

“There is no right way to eat a healthy diet,” said Major Jordan Dimay, head of the USACIMT H2F Nutrition Domain. However, there are dietary goals to ensure that we meet our vitamin and mineral needs.

By adjusting their diet and adjusting their diet, soldiers are better prepared to handle certain tasks and to maintain their overall health.

In an active diet, or diet, the main goal is to balance eating habits with physical activity. Soldiers do this in the event of an operation that involves consuming the right amount of food and the right amount of food for the professional event they intend to do and recovering and repairing the body after that event.

Responsive diet, also called therapeutic diet, involves working with a person who has an illness, injury or other medical condition that plays a significant role. This dietary intervention can address short-term issues, such as high cholesterol or diabetes.

There are many ways for soldiers to improve their diet on their own initiative, but before they can improve their individual diet, they need to go back and evaluate their current diet. When deciding what is best for them, they should consider lifestyle, diet, attitudes, outdoor and personal food, social support, and more.

“Soldiers often change their diet because they want aggressive, rapid changes in body composition and / or performance. These changes may give some initial results, but for the most part they are frustrating and unsustainable, ”said Major Brenda Bustilos, PhD, TRADOC-ordered dietitian.

Bastillos recommends that all soldiers be introduced to Chapter Eight in FM 7-22 and work regularly with the dietitian to establish practical and sustainable goals and to be accountable for those goals.

Physical fitness domain

The physical readiness domain focuses on a special goal called “mobility killer,” which is the ability to destroy an enemy on the battlefield and return home successfully. Since every soldier has the ability to deploy, the killing skill is an essential skill for every soldier, regardless of his or her military background.

“Although the Army’s first physical fitness test is the Army’s fitness test, the second is the fitness level,” said Lt. Col. Jose Durbin, a USACMT Physical Therapist. There is ample evidence to support the link between high fitness levels and reduced musculoskeletal injury.

FM 7-22 describes the essential parts of the body that need to be trained to achieve physical activity: muscle strength, muscle endurance, aerobic endurance, anaerobic endurance and strength. These specific organs are directly affected by certain repetitive exercises that improve the following exercises: efficiency, coordination, dynamic balance, kinetics, speed, perception and response time.

Strengthening both aerobic and anaerobic systems, with muscle strength and endurance, and mental endurance, give soldiers full physical fitness. This requires a great deal of commitment from the leaders when creating training plans for their troops.

Durbin emphasized the need for special attention to individual development, as it provides an in-depth assessment of the current state of physical fitness of soldiers and the potential for tolerance among soldiers.

Hospital Technical Publications 7-22.02, Universal Health and Fitness Test Guide, provides a list of general exercises and exercises that soldiers can use when creating their fitness plans.

“Determining the appropriate frequency, strength, time, recovery, and integration with a unit training program requires someone with experience in a knowledge and exercise program,” says Durbin. “Strength trainers are suitable and included in the H2F team model, but Army Master Fitness Trainers can also perform this important task.

H2F success

Leaders within the organization are currently conducting experimental programs that include H2F to assess the impact on ACFT success and overall military security. Dubin and Bustillos are currently working with USACIMT’s team of experts to implement one of these 10-week programs that will implement H2F. After the first month of the program, Durbin noticed that participants were constantly building their speed and strength and that they were growing confident and motivated to train as they looked forward to seeing more results as the program continued.

“As a group, from pre-program to this point, they have lost an estimated 33 percent of their body fat by leaning or gaining fat by 23 pounds,” said Bustillos. She attributes these positive results to the “commitment and hard work of the participants and the excellent leadership of the coaches and the H2F team,” and she looks forward to seeing the final results.

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