August Performance Triad month marketing campaign encourages all Army stakeholders to embrace SAN synergy of Sleep, Activity, Nutrition

By Nicole Leth, Fort Belvoir Armed Forces Wellness Center director and Joanna Reagan, Public Health Nutritionist, U.S. Army Public Health Center

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – As a part of its August “P3 for All” marketing campaign, the U.S. Army Public Health Center is encouraging all Army Leaders, Soldiers, Family members and Soldiers for Life to embrace the synergy of sleep, exercise and diet, the core parts of the Performance Triad, together with the essential components of psychological readiness and religious readiness. The aim of this yr’s marketing campaign is to concentrate on the overall Army Family to unfold the phrase and encourage others to meet the goal targets of P3.

Try a fast check. Think in regards to the previous week. Did you…

• Get 7 to 9 hours of sleep per 24-hour interval?

• Take quick naps when attainable?

• Get least 150 minutes of reasonable train plus 75 minutes of vigorous train per week and three energy classes per week?

• Mix the sorts of depth of workouts to maintain your muscle tissues challenged?

• Include restoration days after laborious exercises?

• Eat no less than 8 servings of fruit and veggies a day?

• Re-fuel 30–60 minutes after strenuous train?

• Drink loads of water each day?

While every element of P3 is essential, your efficiency improves whenever you concentrate on hitting all of the targets.


Let’s have a look at the SAN targets a bit extra intently, beginning with sleep readiness. The majority of adults require 7–9 hours of sleep per 24-hour interval, in line with the National Sleep Foundation. There isn’t any “badge of honor” for working on much less sleep. Try it out: get a median of 7-9 hours an evening for the subsequent 2 weeks and see when you have extra vitality and really feel higher. Sleep is a organic perform that’s essential to maintain psychological operations, equivalent to studying and reminiscence, determination making, consideration and focus, and response time.

Sleep and the Brain

• Sleep is the one time the mind can get well from each day life.

• Sleep is significant for clearing built-up poisonous waste from the mind.

• Insufficient sleep reduces the power to manage feelings and enhance stress response.

You ought to sleep as a lot as you possibly can, every time you possibly can, because the state of affairs permits. The overwhelming majority of active-duty Soldiers and Family members require 7–9 hours of sleep per evening to maintain efficiency. More sleep is healthier! You can maximize sleep and subsequent efficiency by timing your sleep and caffeine use optimally. Remember, solely sleep replaces misplaced sleep.

Goals for Healthy Sleep

• Aim for a similar bedtime and waking time (even on weekends).

• Create a quiet, darkish, cool room for sleep.

• Get away from bed when you can not sleep.

• Turn off electronics no less than 1 hour earlier than bedtime.

• Do not eat alcohol close to bedtime.

• Avoid caffeine 6 hours earlier than bedtime.

• Do not go to mattress hungry or too full.

Army Wellness Center/Armed Forces Wellness Center

One useful resource to assist enhance sleep hygiene for DOD personnel and beneficiaries at many Army installations and a few joint bases is the Army/Armed Forces Wellness Center.

AWC/AFWCs provide sleep schooling companies that embrace common details about wholesome sleep habits, impression of sleep on well being, and tips for enhancing sleep. The two-part Sleep Education class, with added well being teaching, covers the fundamentals of wholesome sleep hygiene and walks purchasers by a self-assessment to extend consciousness of their sleep habits. The class offers instruments for sleep monitoring and highlights the most recent know-how to help with wholesome sleep habits. Clients design wholesome sleep targets and create a fundamental sleep plan to enhance each their amount and high quality of sleep.


The subsequent area is exercise, or bodily readiness, the power to use and maintain the correct quantity of energy, endurance, and velocity to fulfill the calls for of labor and play. Physical readiness includes cardio endurance, anaerobic endurance, muscular endurance, muscular energy, and energy.

Simple targets ought to embrace getting no less than 150 minutes of reasonable train plus 75 minutes of vigorous train per week. Does this sound straightforward? Think once more—solely about 60 p.c of Soldiers meet this aim weekly. Seventy-five minutes of vigorous train contains these heart-pumping, intense, full-body exercises that get your coronary heart beating and offer you a metabolic “after burn,” whereas 150 minutes of reasonable train is the inspiration for sustained efficiency and private well being.

Strength coaching is a key component many people neglect. Try focusing on two or three units of muscle resistance workouts utilizing machines, free weights, bands, or physique weight two or thrice per week. Try alternating completely different muscle tissues on completely different days, specializing in the higher physique, core, and decrease physique.


Our subsequent SAN area is dietary readiness. It is essential to eat a wide range of fruits, greens, grains, dairy or fortified soy options and protein meals. Try to eat no less than eight servings of fruit and veggies each day. By focusing two-thirds of your plate on healthful grains, fruit and veggies, you’ll optimize not solely your consumption of nutritional vitamins and minerals but in addition fiber. Proactive diet is one of the best strategy for efficiency.

Aim for these targets:

• Make half of your plate fruit and veggies.

• Make half of your grains entire grains.

• Aim for 3 each day servings of low-fat or fat-free milk or yogurt.

• Eat a wide range of lean protein meals.

• Aim to eat 8 ounces of seafood per week.

• Drink loads of water each day.

AWC/AFWCs provide free well being schooling help

Need assist getting began along with your P3 targets? AWC/AFWCs can be found to assist enhance particular person and unit efficiency through the use of superior testing know-how to supply instant suggestions from extremely educated well being efficiency professionals. Who is eligible to take part in these companies? The reply is all Army and DOD beneficiaries, together with all service members and their households; retirees, and DOD civilians. Client appointments embrace a evaluate of present well being habits, evaluation of danger components, exploration of private well being/wellness targets, and identification of any boundaries that will get in the best way of constant well being habits. The better part is… AWC/AFWC companies don’t value you something!

AWC/AFWCs additionally conduct train testing and create train prescriptions. Exercise testing is an evaluation of biometrics (peak, weight, physique mass index, blood stress, coronary heart price) and the 4 parts of health-related bodily health: cardio health (VO2 Submax), physique composition (physique fats p.c), muscular health, and suppleness. Health educator’s use train check outcomes as a planning device for train prescription and motivation to help purchasers in establishing and assembly affordable bodily exercise, health and well being targets.

Weight Management

If weight administration is one in all your targets, the AWC/AFWCs provide metabolic testing. Weight administration entails a fragile steadiness between energy burned and energy consumed. Metabolic testing outcomes present the precise variety of energy required on your weight reduction, achieve, or upkeep. The Upping Your Metabolism class teaches purchasers how one can use their metabolic check outcomes to succeed in their well being targets.

The AWC/AFWCs additionally provide varied strategies to find out physique composition, together with the BOD POD®, ultrasound, or bioelectrical impedance. Body composition goes past the quantity seen on a scale and determines if weight comes from fats or fat-free mass. Fat-free mass contains the whole lot the physique is manufactured from that isn’t fats, equivalent to muscle and bone. There is a robust correlation between excessive physique fats proportion and elevated danger for ailments equivalent to diabetes and hypertension. Health educators present tailor-made schooling and training based mostly on the shopper’s physique composition outcomes and weight administration targets.

Stress Management

If managing stress is one in all your targets, the AWC/AFWCs provide stress administration schooling and particular person stress administration classes that train coping abilities and use biofeedback to observe stress aid strategies. The aim of the person stress administration session is to show purchasers to manage capabilities equivalent to coronary heart price to cut back their stress and construct resilience. The facilities use a state-of-the artwork computerized stress aid system referred to as emWave®. This non-invasive system helps purchasers study to observe self-regulation of their coronary heart rhythm, enhance their vitality administration abilities, and cut back their general stress.

AWC/AFWC companies would value you roughly $3,000 at a health heart or civilian supplier, so reap the benefits of them, schedule an appointment along with your native heart, and have a good time Performance Triad Month with P3 for All!

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The U.S. Army Public Health Center enhances Army readiness by figuring out and assessing present and rising well being threats, growing and speaking public well being options, and assuring the standard and effectiveness of the Army’s Public Health Enterprise.

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Date Taken: 07.18.2022
Date Posted: 07.18.2022 15:03
Story ID: 425232
Location: US

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