Today’s post was written by Lt. Col. Wenceslao Angulo, Communications Director, U.S. Army Soldier for Life Program
“Soldiers serve for their whole lives in some capacity, even after they leave the Army. If they’re not healthy, they’re not serving,” said Lt. Col. Paula Smith, Health Director, Soldier for Life. “That’s why what the Army is doing now in terms of health and wellness is so exciting—it impacts Soldiers throughout the entire Soldier Lifecycle, even after separation or retirement and as civilians,” she added.
Soldier for Life works with Army, Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs and civilian programs and initiatives to provide health and wellness resources and opportunities to Soldiers, Veterans and their families, to improve their quality of life and help them remain ready, resilient and Army strong. Here are three dynamic Army programs preparing Soldiers to be more proactive about their health:
- Performance Triad. The Performance Triad is a comprehensive plan to improve readiness and increase resilience through public health initiatives and leadership engagement. The Performance Triad focuses on sleep, activity and nutrition, the key actions that influence health in time not spent with a healthcare provider.
- Ready and Resilient Campaign. The Ready and Resilient Campaign integrates and synchronizes multiple efforts and initiatives to improve the readiness and resilience of the Army. It builds upon mental, physical, emotional, behavioral and spiritual resilience in Soldiers, families and civilians to enhance their ability to manage the rigors and challenges of a demanding profession.
- Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Program. Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness is designed to build resilience and enhance the performance of Soldiers, their families, and Army civilians by providing hands-on training and self-development tools. These tools and training enable Soldiers, families and civilians to cope with adversity, perform better in stressful situations and thrive in life.
Through these dynamic programs, the Army is working to comprehensively teach Soldiers, Veterans and families to be more proactive about health and wellness. These programs are also poised to positively affect transitioning Soldiers and families and their impact may soon be seen in Veteran and Retired Soldier populations. These proactive health and wellness programs work to install lifelong healthy practices in our Soldiers for Life.
Smith is optimistic about the way ahead. “Army culture is evolving, and I can’t wait to see the impact,” she said.