EXAMINING THE BENEFITS OF USING CURRENT HEALTH AND WELLNESS PHILOSOPHIES TO IMPROVE SERVICE MEMBERS HEALTH AND FITNESS AND ALLEVIATE RISING DoD HEALTHCARE COSTS
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE, DISTANCE LEARNING, AIR UNIVERSITY MAXWELL AFB United States
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The purpose of this paper is to establish a modernized U.S. military wide fitness program that produces a healthier Service member and results in lower Department of Defense DoD spending regarding healthcare and retention. In addition, this paper intends to discuss important nutrition and methods that will help to maximize fitness and health. To justify the recommendation of a modernized Service-wide fitness program, a problem and solution framework is used to analyze proper nutrition and required activities in order to determine the most effective fitness policy. This paper finds that too few Service members are engaged in long-term fitness maintenance programs that could increase their respective health and strength. Nutrition and fitness are not addressed in any of the Services current fitness program policies, and there are no existing fitness program policies that improve on earlier ones based on antiquated calisthenics based exercises. In addition, this paper finds that by enacting a Service-wide fitness program that incorporates modern nutritional, fitness and technological innovations the DoD can realize cost savings through healthier Service members. This paper recommends integrating the fitness tracker device fitbit into all Service members daily activities. In addition, stronger and healthier Service members will be less likely to incur injuries and be better prepared to perform required duties.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations