MCAHC 'steps up' for Performance Triad Kick-off
More than 60 U.S. Army Soldiers and civilian employees of participated in the first of three kick-off events to promote the Army's Performance Triad hosted by McDonald Army Health Center at Fort Eustis, Va., June 3, 2014. The Performance Triad is an Army Medicine health initiative that promotes an optimal balance of sleep, activity and nutrition to improve the overall health of soldiers, family members, civilians and retirees. (U.S. Army photo by Andrew Brown/Released

More than 60 U.S. Army Soldiers and civilian employees of participated in the first of three kick-off events to promote the Army's Performance Triad hosted by McDonald Army Health Center, June 3.

The Performance Triad is an Army Medicine health initiative that promotes an optimal balance of sleep, activity and nutrition to improve the overall health of soldiers, family members, civilians and retirees.

The first event, called "Step Up and Step Out!" , included a sign up for a 10,000 step, 30-day challenge.

"Hospital staff members showed their willingness to step out of their activity comfort zones and step up to the challenge of 10,000 steps per day over the next month," said Maj. Tameka Bowser, Army Public Health Nursing chief.

Additional kick-off events included presentations on "Fuel for Healthy Living," and "10 Tips for Better Sleep."

While the hospital staff target their kick-off events this month, the health aspects of the triad should always be a focus, Bowser said.

"This is just the beginning," she said. "We will continue to have challenges over the summer that will concentrate on improving what we eat and the quality of our sleep. We take a step-by-step approach to the triad, addressing one pillar each month and we hope to incorporate all of our healthy habits into the 26-week Performance Triad Challenge in the fall."

For now, the team is looking for creative and fun ways to reach their 10,000 steps. Some are tracking with pedometers, but plenty are using their smartphone apps. All have "stepped up" and are "stepping out."

For more information on the triad or to participate in McDonald Army Health Center programs, contact Bowser at 314-8037 or e-mail tameka.d.bowser.mil@mail.mil.

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