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Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention it can help:

 

  • Control your weight
  • Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
  • Reduce your risk of some cancers
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles
  • Improve your mental health and mood
  • Improve your ability to do daily activities and prevent falls, if you're an older adult
  • Increase your chances of living longer

 Performance Triad Tips for Physical Activity: Sit Less, Move More!   Performance Triad Activity

  • Prolonged sitting increases the risk of blood clots, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and obesity. Moving during the day, in addition to PT and/or getting the recommended daily activity, is necessary to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and other health conditions.
  • Regular movement increases blood flow, breaks down fat, burns calories, and helps to maintain a healthy weight.
  • Get at least 150 minutes (2 hours, 30 minutes) of moderate intensity exercise per week.
  • Also move at least 10 minutes of every hour (e.g. taking a walk break, standing up to stretch, or taking the long route to the restroom at work).
  • Aim to walk at least 10,000 steps during your everyday routine.

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The Performance Triad is the Army Surgeon General's initiative to promote Sleep, Activity, and Nutrition among Soldiers and retirees, and their families. Research finds that Sleep, Activity, and Nutrition are vital components to mission readiness and general health, both individually and collectively.  The Triad provides key steps everyone can use to improve their health and wellbeing in these three aspects.

 

CURRENT NEWS ARTICLES

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report: Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth  (March 13, 2013) 

U.S. Health and Human Services reviewed evidence-based strategies in schools, preschool and child care centers, communities, home, and health care for increasing physical activity among young people aged 3 to 17 years.  Research shows that school physical activity programs have greater success when multiple strategies are put into action together:

  • Improve the quality of physical education by increasing lesson time, ensuring that the lessons are delivered by well-trained specialists, and emphasizing instructional practices that provide substantial moderate to vigorous activity.
  • Provide classroom activity breaks.
  • Develop activity opportunities before and after school including active transports.
  • Build skills for how to be physically active.
  • Provide after-school activity space and equipment. Read more. External link 

More exercise, even in the evening, is linked to better sleep: Special for USA TODAY (March 4, 2013)

If late night exercise works for you, just do it. That's new advice from a leading sleep group and other experts in sleep and exercise, all of whom say it's time to throw out the old rule that you should never exercise in the hours just before bedtime. Read more. External Link

PERFORMANCE TRIAD: ACTIVITY  STAND-TO! Edition (February 27, 2013)

The Army has no greater mission than to help Soldiers and the Army family (Soldiers, retirees, family members and civilians) prevent disease to live healthier, active lives.  Physical activity is any movement of the body of moderate intensity that increases your heart rate and works your major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms). Read more. External Link 

Topics

Army Physical Fitness

This page will provide information on Army PRT and functional fitness.

Operation Kid Fit

This program is a component of the Performance Triad and the Healthy Base Initiative, targeted at parents to create healthy and fit children through regular physical activity and good nutrition habits.

Services

Army Civilian Wellness Programs

Basic elements and requirements; policy guidance; frequently asked questions; resources for implementation of Army civilian fitness programs.

Army Wellness Center Services

AWCs provide standardized primary prevention programs designed to promote and sustain healthy lifestyles and improve the overall well-being.

Physical Training Injury Prevention

Physical Training Injury Prevention information and links.

Pregnancy Postpartum Physical Training

P3T description, policy and links to implementation and leader training resources.