A Survey of Commanders' Perceptions and Knowledge of the Army Health Promotion Program Focusing on Nutrition as One of Its Components.
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The Army implemented Department of Defense health promotion policy guidance in 1987 with its Fit to Win program. Nutrition is one of the operational components of the program. To date, assessments of program effectiveness have not included commanders who are responsible for the program at unit level. A survey of one hundred thirty-two Army War College students, who had been in battalion command during the period January 1990 to July 1991 was conducted to determine their use of the Fit to Win materials and how they included nutrition education into their program. The questionnaire also attempted to estimate the nutrition knowledge that the surveyed group had gained through the Fit to Win program. The findings indicate that, at least among those former commanders surveyed, implementation of the Fit to Win program, to include nutrition education, has not been fully embraced as envisioned. Army dietitians are not the primary provider of nutrition education at the unit level, and are not considered by the commanders to be their primary source of nutrition information.
- Food, Food Service and Nutrition
- Military Forces and Organizations