STAND-TO! Edition: Wednesday August 7, 2013
Army Performance Triad Stand Up For Health Day
What is it?
A major priority for the Army Surgeon General and Medical Commander Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, is the health, readiness and resiliency of the force. The Performance Triad (Activity, Nutrition, and Sleep) pilot program supports the Army's Ready and Resilient campaign, and begins this September at three U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) units located at Fort Bragg, N.C., Fort Bliss, Texas and Joint Base Lewis McChord, Wash.
What has the Army done?
Leaders, Soldiers, providers and staffs at all Army regional medical commands, major subordinate commands, medical treatment facilities and clinics will take a knee for a few hours on August 8 to receive training on the Performance Triad Pilot Program led by the Surgeon General. During the training, Lt. Gen. Horoho will present her vision to move Army Medicine from a health care system focused on disease, to a system for health focused on prevention, to sustain the health, readiness and resiliency of Soldiers and the Army family.
Why is this important to the Army?
The Performance Triad program directly supports the Army’s Ready and Resilient Campaign with the intention to motivate individuals and units to reach their peak performance, readiness and health through good habits of Activity, Nutrition, and Sleep. Targets of opportunity include taking 10,000 steps, eating 8 fruits and vegetables and getting 7-8 hours of sleep each day. These seemingly simple goals are a key part of the transformation of the healthcare system from a disease model to one that impacts behavior choices and health in the “Lifespace”. The “Lifespace” is where we believe health really happens – where we sleep, how active we are, and what fuel we are putting in our bodies and where providers can prescribe appropriate health targets to their patients. Improving behaviors around activity, nutrition, and sleep has the potential to optimize performance, mental and physical health, overall unit readiness, and the resilience of the Total Force, as well as Family members and our DA Civilians.
The August 8th training prepares Army Medicine to support the FORSCOM units during the pilot and facilitates the health communication effort that supports cultural change in the Army about the importance of embedding healthy activity, nutrition and sleep behavioral and lifestyle changes into the Army's DNA.
What does the Army have planned for the future?
Educating and training Soldiers and line leaders about the benefits of making healthy lifestyle and behavioral choices will be tested and refined during the six-month pilot. Once the Performance Triad Pilot is completed, a team of Army scientists will analyze the data program lessons learned will help the Army modify and improve the Performance Triad program, the educational materials and resources before further expansion across the total Army.
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