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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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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 your 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 to 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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Senior Airman Brandon Haag goes through new patient paperwork, Feb. 9, 2015, at the Mental Health clinic on Scott Air Force Base, Ill. A typical protocol when a new patient comes in is getting to know the background history of the patient to help them and the provider they will see know what will help in a crisis or difficulty. Haag is a 375th Medical Group mental health technician. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Erica Crossen)

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Measles Myths: Hand Washing Alone Won't Prevent Measles

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Hand washing alone will not prevent the spread of measles. Dr. Margaret Ryan, preventive medicine physician, debunks some myths about vaccinations.

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Measles Myths: Vaccines Are Safe

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Vaccine components have been rigorously tested for safety. Dr. Margaret Ryan, preventive medicine physician, debunks some myths about vaccinations.

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Health agencies investigating severe lung illnesses linked to e-cigarette use

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"While the CDC investigation of the possible cases of lung illness and deaths reportedly associated with the use of e-cigarette products is ongoing, Service members and their families or dependents are encouraged not to use e-cigarette products,” advised Dr. Terry Adirim, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Health Services Policy and Oversight. (DoD photo)

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Measles Myths: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism

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Prevent to Protect: Analia

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Cancer left 5-year-old Analia Pages unable to get vaccinated. Her father, Master Sgt. Edward Pages, has to take extra steps to protect her from diseases she’s susceptible to.

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Prevent to Protect: Rosarios

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10-year-old Tatiana Rosario has a weakened immune system as a result of her cancer treatment. Growing up, she and her family made sacrifices to keep her safe from disease.

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Prevent to Protect: Immunization Awareness

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Getting vaccinated not only protects yourself and your family from deadly diseases, but it also saves the lives to those who don’t have the immune system to fend for themselves. The Military Health System shares the stories of families with children who are at risk when others aren’t immunized.

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Prevent to Protect: Barbara and Floriann

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DHA IPM 19-006: 2019–2020 Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program (IVP)

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This Defense Health Agency-Interim Procedures Memorandum (DHA-IPM), based on the authority of References (a) and (b), and in accordance with the guidance of References (c) through (o), implementing instructions, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures for the seasonal influenza vaccination program. • This DHA-IPM cancels and reissues DHA-IPM 18-005. • This DHA-IPM is effective immediately and will expire 12 months from the date of issue.

Water and sports drinks, what to drink, how much and when

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Staff Sgt. Shaun Martin, a combat medic assigned to Blanchfield Army Community Hospital's LaPointe Army Medical Home on Fort Campbell, drinks from a 16-ounce bottle of water to maintain his hydration for optimal performance. On average, the Army recommends men should consume about 100 ounces of fluid (3 liters) each day, and women should aim for about 70 ounces (2 liters) for baseline hydration. In hot and humid environments and during physical activity, more is needed to maintain hydration — about one ounce per pound of body weight. To reach your goal, drink regularly and frequently, even if you are not thirsty to avoid dehydration. Water is usually the best choice over coffee, soda, energy drinks and alcohol because those beverages can pull water from the body and promote dehydration. (U.S. Army photo by Maria Yager)

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