STAND-TO! Edition: Tuesday March 12, 2013


Today's Focus:

Performance Triad Pilot Program

What is it?

A healthy mind and body are essential for Soldier and unit readiness. The three components of the Army surgeon general's vision of Performance Triad - Activity, Nutrition and Sleep - are essential for improving the health, readiness and resilience for the Army family - Soldiers, family members, retirees and civilians.

In early 2013, U.S. Army Medical Command will roll out a new Performance Triad Pilot Program at Fort Bragg, N.C., Fort Hood, Texas, and Joint Base Lewis McChord, Wash., to test a new wellness program with Soldiers before expanding further across the Army.

What has the Army done?

The Performance Triad complements the Army's Ready and Resilient campaign, the Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness program and the Defense Department's Operation Live Well program. The pilot will use a tiered prevention strategy to ensure the Army family receives the education and/or services to help them maintain, improve or restore health.

Why is this important to the Army?

Army Medicine is committed to improving health and are engaged in a number of initiatives. Even under the current budget constraints, the Performance Triad is an organizational imperative the Army must invest in to promote health to improve the readiness and resilience of the Army family.

The Performance Triad Pilot Program returns the Army back to health basics by emphasizing that the Army family get adequate physical activity, nutrition and sleep to be mentally and physically fit and able to perform at their best. Enhancing Soldier and leader knowledge, attitudes and behaviors on these three areas will also help Soldier performance and resiliency, unit, and Army readiness to improve.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

Education and leader support are essential for program success. The Army will encourage the Army family to incorporate the healthy behaviors of Activity, Nutrition and Sleep into their daily lives. Army Medicine will initiate a comprehensive education and awareness campaign in phases to provide Performance Triad educational materials to Soldiers, family members, retirees and civilians.

A Performance Triad Communication Toolkit for Leaders is also being developed to serve as the "one stop shop" and comprehensive resource for information for Army leaders about the Performance Triad Pilot Program. The program's success will be measured by improvements in health and the reduction of disease and injury for the Army family.

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