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3rd International Congress on Soldiers’ Physical Performance
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March is National Nutrition Month

The FDA is using National Nutrition Month to remind Americans they can use the Nutrition Facts labels on food and drinks to make healthier choices.

The goal of National Nutrition Month is to remind Americans to eat healthy and choose foods with good nutrition. The FDA’s theme for 2012 is “Remember to Use the Nutrition Facts Label.” One tool you can use to help make good food choices is the Nutrition Facts label that appears on all packaged foods and beverages. To learn how to read labels, visit the FDA’s web page “Nutrition Facts Label Programs and Materials.”

Tips for parents to help children and teens with deployment: Week 2

More strategies you can use to help your child or teen cope throughout the deployment cycle.

Here are some additional practical strategies and tips you as a parent can use to help your children and teens cope with deployment and the post-deployment reintegration process.

Week #2 tips: Easing deployment and reintegration

  • Before deployment: If you’re being deployed, try recording your own audio books so your child can listen to your voice during your deployment. This also will help your child stay connected to you by continuing family routines such as reading before bed.
  • During deployment: Depending on their age, kids don’t understand timeframes as well as adults do. If you continue to remind them of future plans during and after the deployed parent’s return, it will help them deal with the separation and reunion.
  • Try referring to the deployed parent’s absence as work instead of just saying that he or she is gone. This helps children realize that the absent parent didn’t simply choose to leave them, which could make for a better reunion.
  • Before the deployed parent returns, talk about what issues to address when he or she does. And plan activities you can share together.
  • Throughout the deployment cycle: Be aware of mental health symptoms for children of all ages. If needed, join your children or teenagers in group counseling; it can be a helpful forum where everyone can discuss experiences, feelings, and thoughts.

      Tips for parents to help children and teens with deployment: Week 1

      Try talking to your child or teen about their deployment experiences for optimal family performance over the long run.

      Many children and teenagers born and raised in military families learn to adapt to their parent’s deployment and return and become more resilient as a result. However, no family is immune to stress. Learning what strategies work best for your family—and each family member—is important for optimal performance over the long run.

      Over the next five weeks, HPRC will suggest some practical strategies that you can use as a parent to help your children and teens to cope with deployment and post-deployment reintegration.

      Week #1 tips: Try talking with your child about any phase of deployment.

      • Help your children stay in touch with their deployed parent—whether through phone calls, videos, or email. Keeping the absent parent up-to-date with events on the home front helps make the homecoming easier.
      • Talk about changes that occur during deployment. If your child doesn’t want to talk, encourage expression through playing or drawing.
      • Allow and encourage your children to ask any questions they may have regarding deployment—before, during, and after—and give them open, honest, and age-appropriate answers.

      New One Shot One Kill materials now available online

      New program materials for the One Shot One Kill (OSOK) performance enhancement program are now available on HPRC’s website!

      One Shot One Kill: Want to learn how the elite warrior accomplishes optimal performance time after time, under the most challenging conditions? The HPRC now has new program materials for the One Shot One Kill (OSOK) performance enhancement program online for you to use and download—by yourself or with your unit! One Shot One Kill (Integrative Platform version) is a “warrior-centric” performance enhancement program that warriors can set up and manage on their own. OSOK-IP is designed to enhance performance, hardiness, and resilience. By building on the skills that Warfighters already possess, OSOK aims to translate good Warfighter qualities to outstanding ones. OSOK-IP comes in two versions:

      OSOK-IP Solo is a step-by-step integrative training plan, with supplemental materials, that enables the individual Warfighter to pursue this method of Total Fitness on his or her own and reach the optimal level of performance in almost all areas of life.

      OSOK-IP Train the Trainer enables your unit to train as a group by selecting one member to learn and present OSOK-IP to the rest of the unit. This section of the website has the full curriculum available to download and even customize OSOK-IP content for your own military culture and unit.

      We look forward to your feedback, too. Check out OSOK and let us know what you think!

      Working out with babies

      An Army base in Germany includes babies in their workouts!

      At the U.S. Army Garrison in Kaiserslautern (Germany), the base is trying to find more ways to include families in physical fitness. They are providing classes— called “Binkies and Babes” —that spouses can do with their babies. These classes are great ways for spouses to workout with their young children, socialize with other military families, and get a great individual workout!

      Overseas military families can sometimes find it difficult to both exercise and manage child care. This is one way overseas bases are moving towards Total Family Fitness. Renee Champagne, the Fitness Coordinator for the Army bases in Germany (and a military spouse herself), sees how “working out and staying physically fit may help a spouse cope during a deployment… which in turn could provide peace of mind to the military member downrange.”

      For more information, see the article and video on Stars and Stripes.

      Announcing a new section on family nutrition

      HPRC's Family & Relationships domain has a new section on family nutrition. Check it out!

      Learn how to make healthy choices about nutrition and physical fitness with information you and your family can instantly apply. HPRC's Family & Relationships section has a new area on family nutrition where you can find tips on how to help yourself and those around you—your parents, children, spouse, and friends—build and maintain healthy food habits. Find more information on interactive tools, family meal planning, military resources, and research findings.

      Check it out!

      Announcing Family Physical Fitness on HPRC

      HPRC's Family & Relationships section has a new area on family physical fitness. See what it has for you and your family!

      Warfighters have specific physical activity requirements, but their spouses, children, parents, and other loved ones also have physical fitness requirements for their own individual and family missions. HPRC's family section has a new area that summarizes recent guidelines for physical activity for U.S. adults, and children, and identifies military resources, interactive tools, and exercise workouts and videos. Check it out here!

      Workouts you can do at home during the holidays

      You can fit in these workouts at your home through the holiday season to keep you on track.

      With the holiday season upon us, finding time for our usual workouts can sometimes be difficult. Two great physical fitness resources are the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Council on Exercise (ACE). Each has online workouts that you can try for free.

      For a total body workout that you can do at home with free weights, try this total body workout from ACE that includes videos of the warm-up, the workout, and the cool-down. For a total body workout without additional equipment, try this at-home workout.

      If you have less time, try this Basic Bodyweight Strength Training Program from ACSM.

      Fit in these workouts in at home through the holiday season to keep you on track.

      Survival tips for couples during the holidays #4: Friendship

      A marital friendship is an important part of long-term marital satisfaction.

      In this final entry in our holiday season series, we remind you to foster a good friendship with your loved ones. Try these ideas:

      • Discuss each other's goals and dreams for the future.
      • Listen to the your partner talk about the daily things that interest him or her, and share what interests you.
      • Do things together that you both enjoy.

      Friendship with your partner is an important part of long-term marital satisfaction.

      Survival tips for couples during the holidays #3: Repair

      When tensions arise between you and a loved one or friend, here are some tips to help you defuse and repair the situation.

      When having a disagreement with your spouse or partner, defusing the situation helps calm things down and helps you and the other person reconnect and repair your relationship. You can defuse most situations by:

      • agreeing to disagree;
      • bringing humor into the conversation;
      • using gentle statements; or
      • being intimate.

      Sometimes what works in one conflict doesn’t work in another. Be flexible and see what works—make the effort to use one or more of these techniques in every disagreement.

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