The Performance Triad is a comprehensive plan that encourages Soldiers to make healthy choices regarding their physical activity, nutrition, and sleep habits. The Triad focuses primarily on activity, nutrition, and sleep because these components all interact to influence performance and health.
Whether training to be a Soldier Athlete or striving for a higher level of personal fitness, it is important for Soldiers to stay hydrated and fuel their body with the right food for the right job. It is especially imperative to build an eating strategy that will complement the requirements of each individual mission. Focusing on whole foods like fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and whole wheat carbohydrates is fundamental to building a healthy plate.
Practicing a safe and effective fitness routine is essential to prevent injury and overtraining, maintain physical readiness, and improve overall health. But, physical activity encompasses more than just PT or exercise at the gym. Moving more (at least 10,000 steps/day) throughout the entire day has been linked with improved health outcomes such as reduced blood pressure, improved glucose levels, and maintenance of a healthy weight.
The adverse effects of chronic sleep loss include poor mental and physical performance, increased risk of cardiovascular disease, and increased risk of obesity, to name a few. Barriers such as noise, light, and dietary choices may interfere with getting a good night’s sleep. Add the diverse, demanding lifestyle of a Soldier in the mix, and things only get more complicated. Practicing healthy sleep habits can be the key to ensure clear thinking and optimal performance. Sleep 8 to be great!
Army H.E.A.L.T.H. (Army Healthy Eating Activity Lifestyle Training Headquarters) has arrived! And we’re here to help Soldiers, veterans, and their family members lose weight and/or prevent unnecessary weight gain, become more mentally and physically fit, and develop better sleep habits. Here’s a little bit more about who we are and what we do.
Information at Your Fingertips
The Army H.E.A.L.T.H. website/mobile application offers custom nutrition and fitness plans based off of the user’s individual characteristics and needs. This custom feature is especially helpful for Soldiers who wish to improve their APFT scores, reduce/maintain body fat, or achieve a higher level of fitness, but do not have access to traditional resources that are available in Garrison. The portability of Army H.E.A.L.T.H. ensures that the tools you need are available 24/7, wherever you are in the world.
Backed by Science
The Army H.E.A.L.T.H. program is based off of more than 20 years of research examining the dynamic factors affecting nutrition and fitness in the military. Our team consists of civilian and military professionals with backgrounds in psychology, neuroscience, nutrition, biology, business, communication, and computer science. We are former collegiate athletes, military spouses, registered dietitians, Soldiers, software developers, and clinical psychologists. What do we all have in common? A passion for helping Soldiers and their families live healthier, more physically active lives. Check us out here.
We understand the unique demands of military life, and it is our mission to guide you on your path to be the best version of yourself! Army H.E.A.L.T.H. is Army Strong!