Nutrition and Weight Management

Nutrition & Weight Management

A Soldier's level of health and well-being has a direct impact on his or her combat readiness. Not only are physically fit and healthy Soldiers essential to the Army, they are also more likely to have enjoyable, productive lives.

Nutrition

Focus on an overall healthy eating pattern for good health. Eat more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds, and lean protein.

USDA Nutrition
https://www.nutrition.gov/

Choose My Plate
https://www.choosemyplate.gov/

USDA Food and Nutrition
https://www.usda.gov/topics/food-and-nutrition

Weight Management

Maintaining a healthy weight can help you feel better and have more energy. Eating high-quality food is important for preventing weight gain and promoting weight loss.

CDC Healthy Weight
https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/

Activity

To gain health benefits, adults should do at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) to 300 minutes (5 hours) a week of moderate-intensity, or 75 minutes (1 hour and 15 minutes) to 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity. Muscle-strengthening activities using major muscle groups, should be done at least 2 or more days a week.

Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans
https://health.gov/paguidelines/second-edition/

CDC Physical Activity Basics
https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/index.htm

Body Composition & Health Risk

The amount and location of body fat is important to overall health.

Are you at a healthy weight?
Being overweight or obese increases your risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol problems, heart disease, gallbladder disease, female health disorders, arthritis, some types of cancer, and sleep apnea.

Calculate Body Mass Index (BMI):
A BMI of 30 or above increases your disease risk.

Measure Waist Circumference:
A waist larger than 40 inches for men and 35 inches for women increases the chances of developing heart disease, cancer, or other chronic disease.

NIH Assessing Your Weight and Health Risk
https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/risk.htm

MOVE!11 Questionnaire
https://www.move.va.gov/apps/Move11/Home/Register