Healthcare providers are essential for reducing health disparities, promoting healthy habits, and preventing chronic diseases among individuals and communities. The information provided by the Performance Triad can be used as a tool for healthcare providers to guide and enlighten their patients about the importance of quality sleep, activity, and nutrition.
As a healthcare provider, you can help your patients become more aware about the health benefits of getting a good night’s rest (e.g. improved mood, memory, and better focus). Practicing proper sleep discipline can help improve the quality of sleep each night.
Refer your patients to these resources for more information about sleep:
Encourage your patients to stay active daily. Physical activity does not have to be an intense exercise regimen. Work with your patients to set achievable goals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that adults (age 18-64) need at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity and 2 days of muscle-strengthening activities each week. Adults should also walk at least 10,000 steps a day.
Refer your patients to these resources for more information about physical fitness:
In addition to providing traditional nutrition advice, healthcare providers can also issue nutrition screenings and prescriptions to their patients. Eating well-balanced, nutritious meals is vital for performing day-to-day functions.
Refer your patients to these resources for more information about nutrition:
Technology is an important tool in helping the Army Family succeed in getting quality sleep, engaging in activity, and improving its nutrition. Because technology has become an integral part of our everyday lives, there are several interactive tools that can help you achieve a healthier well-being through sleep, activity, and nutrition. The following are online resources available to you and your patients to set goals, track your progress, and challenge others to make better choices every day.
ArmyFit™: A tech resource, provided by the Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness program, that contains features such as:
Global Assessment Tool 2.0: a tool that scores you in several dimensions to determine how old or young your body thinks you are.
Articles, reference materials, action plans, videos, etc. on thousands of topics related to healthy living.
Tracker for your weight, calories consumed, and physical activity with the ability to check your progress over time.
Healthy challenges (like logging food intake) to earn points and badges to show off within the ArmyFit™ community.
Army H.E.A.L.T.H.: A web and Smartphone app that promotes performance nutrition and exercise by allowing you to:
Receive personalized nutrition and fitness plans based on your goals.
Find articles and resources on nutrition, fitness, and mind and body.
Track your weight and calorie intake (respectively) over time.
To register for Army H.E.A.L.T.H. go to armyhealth.pbrc.edu
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