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Total Force Fitness

Welcome to Total Force Fitness, a program that focuses on your entire health throughout your military career. Readiness is measured in more than just physical fitness and medical status. Through Total Force Fitness, we’re going to talk about other areas in your life – like social, spiritual, environmental, and financial – to make sure you and your community are ready for you to do your job.

Because we’re changing the way we talk about health, we created this portal to give you the latest news in Total Force Fitness and information on how its dimensions affect total health.


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9 Ways to RUIN your dental fitness

Army dentist, Capt. Cierra Diamse, a general dentist assigned to the Wiesbaden Dental Clinic, performs dental work on a soldier during a field training exercise held recently at Baumholder, Germany. Following the 9 Ways to RUIN Your Dental Fitness assures a scene like this downrange. (U.S. Army photo by Kirk Frady)

Dental health is vital to readiness, so taking care of your teeth is important. Two Navy dentists share ways you might be ruining your dental fitness and what you can do to stay healthy instead.


Dating violence has consequences for teen victims

Midori Robinson, Kyleigh Rose and Keisha McNeill paint their hands so they can put a handprint on the “Love is Respect” mural during the Camp Zama Youth Center Teen Dating Violence Awareness Lock-In at Camp Zama. (U.S. Army photo by Winifred Brown)

Teen dating violence puts a great strain on families, including those in the military. The Military Health System has several resources to help you identify teen dating violence and how to get help.


What are the Total Force Fitness Dimensions?

By bringing attention to the eight dimensions of total health, Total Force Fitness makes sure your and your community are ready for you to do your job.


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Physical Fitness is your ability to physically accomplish all aspects of you tasks while avoiding injury.

 

 

 

 

 

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Environmental Fitness is the ability to perform your tasks in any operational environment.

 

 

 

 

 

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Medical and Dental Preventive Care Fitness is your ability sustain your health and wellness and facilitate restoration to meet medical and dental standards for fitness for duty, return to duty, and medical readiness.

 

 

 

 

 

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Nutritional Fitness is your ability to sustain your performance through foods, dietary supplements, and beverages in adequate quantities, quality, and proportions.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ideological and Spiritual Fitness refers to your beliefs and practices that strengthen connectedness with sources of hope, meaning, and purpose.

 

 

 

 

 

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Psychological Fitness is your ability to integrate and improve cognitive, emotional, and behavioral practices.

 

 

 

 

 

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Social Fitness is your ability to engage in productive personal and professional relationships, positively interact with unit and command networks, and use resources that promote overall well-being.

 

 

 

 

 

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Financial Fitness is the combination of attitude, knowledge, and skills to make and exercise money management decisions that best support your life circumstances.

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Sleep is critical for maintaining physical, cognitive and immunological dominance on and off the battlefield. Leaders must prioritize sleep as a valuable asset in maintaining readiness and resilience, especially in the context of multi-domain operations and increased health risks worldwide – including those risks associated with exposure to infectious diseases (U.S. Army photo by Robert Timmons)

Getting more sleep could dramatically improve your odds of avoiding infection

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Addressing emotional responses to threat of Coronavirus

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Dating violence has consequences for teen victims

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9 Ways to RUIN your dental fitness

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2/27/2020
Army dentist, Capt. Cierra Diamse, a general dentist assigned to the Wiesbaden Dental Clinic, performs dental work on a soldier during a field training exercise held recently at Baumholder, Germany. Following the 9 Ways to RUIN Your Dental Fitness assures a scene like this downrange. (U.S. Army photo by Kirk Frady)

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Spit smokeless tobacco out – for good

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Smokeless tobacco is not a healthier alternative to smoking. Links exist to its use and several cancers – not to mention leathery patches in the mouth, stained teeth, and bad breath. Users can take advantage of the Great American Spit Out Feb. 20 to begin their path to a tobacco-free lifestyle. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Paul Peterson)

Many forms of help available to become tobacco-free

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Total Force Fitness: advice you can sink your teeth into

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Good dental hygiene is essential to keeping the armed forces healthy. Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Kyle Gladding, from Montgomery, Alabama, assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford's dental department, prepares a patient for a dental x-ray. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brigitte Johnston)

Healthy teeth are essential to a medically ready warfighter

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The benefits of dog walking

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Spending time with your dog is a great way to work on the eight pillars of Total Force Fitness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regular walking or playing with pets can decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and triglyceride levels. Pets can also help manage loneliness and depression by providing companionship. (Courtesy photo)

Dog walking not only encourages people to get out of their homes and socialize, but pets also benefit

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Athletic trainers are enablers of Marine Corps readiness

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Athletic trainers are arriving at units throughout the Marine Corps to help keep Marines in the fight longer

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HPV vaccine age limit raised by FDA to age 45

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Shining light on those wintertime blues

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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects millions of Americans every year and is believed to be more common in parts of the country where the sunshine is less prevalent, such as here. SAD symptoms can include a down mood, loss of interest in activities that are normally enjoyable, change in appetite, sleep patterns, fatigue and loss of energy. (Navy photo by Douglas Stutz)

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Joint Chiefs say mind, body, spirit all part of Total Force Fitness

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