Holistic fitness, a family affair
April 14, 2010
- Comprehensive Soldier Fitness, launched in October, represents the Army's investment in the readiness of the force and quality of life.
- In January, the CSF program started reaching out to family members.
- Family members are encouraged to take the Global Assessment Tool to assess their emotional, social, spiritual and family fitness.
FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii--Comprehensive Soldier Fitness, launched in October, represents the Army's investment in the readiness of the force and the quality of life for our Soldiers, family members and Department of Army civilians by giving the same emphasis to psychological, emotional and mental strength that we have previously given to physical strength.
The program takes a holistic approach to fitness by optimizing five dimensions of strength: Physical, Emotional, Social, Spiritual and Family.
In January, the CSF program started reaching out to family members. CSF aims to strengthen a person's resilience so he or she will be able to better deal with adversity. The first step in making the program available to family members was the modification of the Global Assessment Tool. The GAT is a self-assessment survey that provides a baseline in the social, emotional, family and spiritual dimensions of strength.
Dana Whitis, subject matter expert for the family component of Comprehensive Soldier Fitness, said that although the family GAT is slightly different from the one that Soldiers take, the survey fulfills the same function.
"The family GAT is talking to the family members, specifically, so the (Soldier-centric) language is removed," Whitis said. "But as far as measuring the strengths ... that isn't changed." Family members are encouraged to take the GAT to assess their emotional, social, spiritual and family fitness.
The GAT provides immediate results with links to tailored self-development training. This training provides a wide range of tools to help you and your Soldier to better communicate with one another, while maximizing your overall potential.
Lt. Col. Carolyn Fota of the USARPAC Patient Administration Office said, "The Army recognizes the increased sacrifices that families make on a daily basis. Comprehensive Soldier Fitness for families provides invaluable skills, resources and coping strategies to help a family build resilience."
These tools provide families with a baseline in four dimensions of strength: emotional, social, spiritual and family and an opportunity to track self-development and growth in these areas over time.
USARPAC Deputy Surgeon Col. Joseph Pina said, "Our Army is strong because of the support our Soldiers receive from their families. CSF enables them to actively manage physical and psychological challenges in their personal lives, and continues to be the pillar of support behind our Soldiers. The Strength of our Nation depends on it."
To access the CSF GAT and the Comprehensive Resilience Modules visit https://www.sft.army.mil/sftfamily (AKO log-in required).