By Army MedicineMay 29, 2014
Health is personal and each of us defines it in our own way. Health is more than the absence of illness; achieving better health means taking a proactive approach to your well-being. This includes quality sleep, regular activity, and good nutrition. Combined, these elements make up the Army Performance Triad and can apply to everyone! Army Medicine will host Performance Triad kick-off events June 2-6.
Health is more than meets the eye. It looks like:
-8 is great! Current Army guidance is 7-8 hours of sleep per 24-hour period for effective performance. The first step to getting a full night's sleep is to maintain a consistent, regular routine.
- 10,000 steps per day and regular exercise (at least 150 minutes per week) that fits your lifestyle.
-8 is great! Eat 8 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Healthy nutrition and nutrient-rich food choices support muscle growth, recovery, tissue repair, and immune function, and improve mental and physical performance.
What does health look like to you? Share your thoughts with us at http://armymedicine.mil.
RESOURCES FOR HEALTH
The System for Health is a partnership among Soldiers, Families, leaders, health teams and communities.
Use the following resources to support healthy sleep, activity and nutrition for you and your Family.
Visit a Local MTF or Army Wellness Center
Access Electronic Resources and Connect with Online Communities:
Comprehensive Soldier & Family Fitness http://csf2.army.mil/
Visit USDA's MyPlate Super Tracker http://supertracker.usda.gov
Technology can be used to enhance your personal health and readiness. Did you know that 52% of smartphone users search for health information on their phones and 1 out of 5 have at least 1 health app on their phone? Personal readiness devices and fitness trackers can be used to help automatically track sleep, activity, and nutrition. mHealth (mobile health) solutions can help you set and track your goals, decrease barriers, and motivate new healthy habits.