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Total Force Fitness

Welcome to Total Force Fitness, a program that supports the first line of effort in the National Defense Strategy – Build a More Lethal Force. The Total Force Fitness concept focuses on a Service Member’s entire health throughout their career, connecting eight dimensions of fitness to optimize health, performance and readiness holistically.

Eight Dimensions of Fitness    Illustration of a male face with the words "Ask the Doc"

Enhancing just one dimension, or even two or three, like physical fitness, preventive care and nutrition, misses the connections that collectively lead to wellness. All the domains play a role in optimal health and performance. Some individuals may need to focus more attention on strengthening one area. For example, a Service Member in the absolute peak of physical health can still have their performance impacted by financial problems, or by feeling isolated in a new duty station.

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Eating disorders hinder optimal health and TFF nutrition concept

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Disordered eating lessens Total Force Fitness.

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Proper diet, sleep, exercise, and joy key to heart health

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Heart health is crucial to service members’ readiness throughout their high-stress careers. Working to achieve that takes self-discipline and moderation, but also joy, integrity, and social interaction

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How do you mend a broken heart? It usually fixes itself

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'Broken Heart Syndrome’ and ‘Holiday Heart Syndrome’ are very real phenomena. Spiritual and social fitness can help mitigate both.

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Training for a healthy heart can improve overall health

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2/22/2021
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Service members must be heart healthy to perform optimally throughout their military careers.

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March 2021 Toolkit

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2/22/2021

March is nationally recognized as Brain Injury Awareness Month, with the goal of increasing traumatic brain injury (TBI) awareness and improve health care providers’ ability to identify, care for, and treat all those who are affected by TBI. A TBI is a blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. According to the Defense Health Agency Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence, 430,720 service members have been diagnosed with a first-time TBI since 2000. The toolkit also contains information on patient Safety Awareness Week, National Nutrition Month and many other graphics and messages you can use for holidays and observances during March.

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Healthy Heart for Body & Soul

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2/17/2021
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February is American heart health month and the Military Health System wants to help you maintain optimum heart health utilizing the Total Force Fitness tool.

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Navy Lt. stresses importance of being proactive during winter training

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MCMWTC is the "real deal."

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A ‘holistic framework’ for Total Force Fitness through 2021

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Total Force Fitness is being re-introduced in 2021 by all branches of the military, to include an emphasis on holistic training that goes far beyond physical fitness.

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Sleep and TBI

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Sleep disturbances are common for service members and veterans following a mild TBI, also known as concussion.

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USU launches into 2021 with Team Wellness Challenge

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Every New Year brings resolutions to change or improve our health, fitness, attitudes, or habits.

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COVID-19 presents challenges to heart health, physical fitness

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Because of COVID-19 shutdowns, the overall health of both military personnel and beneficiaries has taken a hit over the last year.

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TFF: A holistic approach to health and performance

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Total Force Fitness encourages Service Members to look beyond traditional fitness approaches to boost their performance.

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February 2021 Toolkit

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Every February is Heart Health Month to raise awareness of heart disease and promote healthy prevention strategies. A healthy heart is vital to overall wellness, and critical to readiness and optimizing performance. Viewing Heart Health through the lens of two Total Force Fitness domains, Physical Fitness and Spiritual and Ideological Fitness, the MHS is taking a holistic approach to the heart this February, to understand how the body and soul impact heart health, and vice versa. The toolkit also contains information on Winter Safety and how extreme cold weather can affect your heart. It also has graphics and messages you can use for holidays and observances during February, notably Black History Month.

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Social fitness can impact overall health and readiness

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Social fitness, one of the total Force Fitness framework’s eight domains, is an important element to holistic health.

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Religious support team deploys to help frontline healthcare workers

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Military chaplains and religious affairs specialist deploy to support our military medical providers responding working on the frontlines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

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