Army Physical Fitness Research Institute Opening at Fort Leavenworth

Wednesday January 7, 2009

What is it?

On Jan. 7, 2009, the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute (APFRI) will open the doors to its new satellite facility at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. APFRI is the Army's center for leader education in health and fitness through research, education and outreach.

In 1982, the commander of Training and Doctrine Command directed the establishment of APFRI in Carlisle, Pa., to develop a comprehensive health and fitness program for senior officers studying at the Army War College. A key focus was to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. In 2006, Gen. William Wallace, commanding general, TRADOC, directed APFRI to expand their program to the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy. Through the years, the APFRI leader education programs evolved to address the complex interplay of leadership, health and fitness as a component of professional military education.

What has the Army done?

The Army has expanded the APFRI program to focus on the more than 1,200 mid-grade officers attending the Command and General Staff College annually, as well as the staff and faculty of CGSC. APFRI has also opened its services to the family members of Soldiers in order to increase awareness and to allow families as a whole to implement healthy lifestyle changes.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army is well known for its demanding and rigorous physical training, culminating semi-annually in a physical fitness test for all of its Soldiers. In the past, mid to upper level leaders have maintained the fitness level specified in the APFT, but have not necessarily focused on the "Formula for Fitness." This formula focuses on linking leader development with an enhanced understanding of how nutrition, aerobic conditioning and strength training combine in relation to disease prevention and body composition, enhancing both endurance and resiliency for our leaders. The stress and challenges of leadership can lead to increased blood pressure and high cholesterol which could develop into more serious conditions like strokes or heart attacks.

The APFRI education process begins with an in-depth analysis of the individual's level of fitness and health, along with identified risk factors. The personalized and comprehensive assessment becomes the foundation for learning how to "reset" and "balance the Soldier" while reducing their risk for life-threatening illnesses. Leaders then take these lessons to teach, coach, and mentor their subordinate leaders into developing a new and healthier force.

Resources:

Army Physical Fitness Research Institute

United States Army Combined Arms Center Web site

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates

- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace

- Army Public Affairs Portal

- Stories of Valor

- Speaker's Toolkit

- Information Papers with " 2008 Army Posture Statement"

A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT

The Army Community Relations Calendar

Blogger's Roundtable

SOCIAL NETWORKING

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • Army leaders kick off year of NCO at Texas installation (ARNews)
  • In final weeks as commander in chief, Bush cites military's valor, sacrifice (AFIS)
  • Bush thanks military for undertaking 'just' work (USA)
  • Last VX nerve agent eliminated from Army stockpile (ARNews)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Pakistani, Afghan leaders vow joint terrorism fight (WP)
  • National security adviser says Pakistan is top U.S. challenge (WSJ)
  • Al Qaeda no. 2 faults Obama on Gaza (WT)
  • Judge's order could keep public from hearing details of 9/11 trials (WP)

OF INTEREST

  • Obama is under fire over Panetta selection (WP)
  • Panetta's peers back him for CIA (WP)
  • U.S. troops find job stability in war (MH)
  • Shinseki pledges to fix gaps in veterans care (AT)
  • Air Force to airlift into Darfur (S&S)
  • Not-guilty pleas in Blackwater manslaughter case (DN)

WORLD VIEW

  • Israel stops Gaza attack for three hours (GRD | Story)
  • Opinion: Robert Fisk: Why do they hate the West so much, we will ask (IND | Story)
  • Dozens of Afghan 'Taliban' killed (BBC | Story)
  • Pakistan rejects India 'propaganda' (AJ | Story)
  • Oil sales put $60.9b in Iraqi coffers last year (GN | Story)

WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS

  • 2009 - the Year of the NCO (RR)
  • Contradiction (ADP)
  • Pentagon says no to Purple Heart for PTSD (SM)
  • Tribute: America loses a great general (AR)
  • The problem with Hamas (WPR)
  • Quantity vs. quality in martial arts training (MF)

ARMY SPORTS

Sports at a glance

Top Army football stories

Subscribe to STAND-TO! to learn about the U.S. Army initiatives.

Events

2009: Year of the NCO

January 2009: National Eye Care Month

Jan. 20, 2009: Presidential Inauguration

STAND-TO!

STAND-TO! is an information paper-based web platform that supports the U.S. Army’s strategic communication objectives.

The information papers -- written, approved and submitted by the Army agencies -- provide a broad, objective view of the Army’s current operations, doctrine and programs. The "Today’s Focus" topics highlight Army Staff initiatives and support Army wide strategic-level issues.

All published editions are sent to subscribers via email and archived daily in the STAND-TO! Archives.

STAND-TO! falls under the management of the Online and Social Media Division (OSMD) in the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs (OCPA).

Subscribe to STAND-TO! to learn about the U.S. Army initiatives.