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White House initiatives to support military families

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The White House has announced new initiatives to support military families in four key areas: overall well-being, education and development of military children, career advancement opportunities for military spouses, and improved childcare.

Recently, the White House announced new initiatives to support military families in four key areas: overall well-being, education and development of military children, career advancement opportunities for military spouses, and improved availability of quality childcare. Multiple agencies have partnered to support these efforts with the following goals:

  • Focus on suicide trends to offer targeted preventive training and counseling to meet the mental health needs of military families;
  • Offer child care resources;
  • Combat homelessness;
  • Expand communication across rural communities;
  • Expand career opportunities for military spouses;
  • Expand access to financial aid and needs of military students; and
  • Expand facilities to help military families recover, integrate, and support their youth during and after deployment cycles.
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    Treadmills vs. elliptical machines – which is better?

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    A look at two gym favorites.

    Treadmill Elliptical Machines

    Reuters.com has an article that examines the advantages and disadvantages of treadmills versus elliptical exercise machines.

    Read the full article here.

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    Follow-up article questions the validity of military's blood test screening for concussions/TBI

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    Wired Magazine questions the Army's research on concussions and traumatic brain injuries.

    Doctor Analyzing X-Ray

    In the 10/18 In the Crosshairs, we linked to a story on  from CNN.com that reported on military medical researchers that have developed a blood test that can detect if someone has suffered a concussion or a mild traumatic brain injury.

    In response, Wired.com has an article in their  Danger Room section that calls into question the research that has been done by the Army.

    Read the full article here.

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    Military medical researchers develop blood for screening concussions or mild traumatic brain injury

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    Can a blood test detect a concussion or TBI?

    MRI of Head

    CNN.com is reporting that military medical researchers have developed a blood test that can detect if someone has suffered a concussion or a mild traumatic brain injury.

    Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a big concern for the military, particularly milder forms, because unlike TBI, milder injuries cannot be seen on X-rays, CT scans or MRIs. Having this test would be useful not only for the military but for civilians as well.

    Read the full article here.

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    Overweight recruits make it tough to fill military ranks

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    There have been a rash of articles in the news recently focusing on soldier fitness (or lack thereof).

    KENS Channel 5 in San Antonio, TX has posted an article on their website that reports that, according to the military, the number of prospective recruits are just too fat to enlist, which is making it difficult to fill their ranks.

    The article cites a non-profit group called Mission Readiness, made up of retired senior military leaders, who feel there is a solution to the problem.

    The group has a three-point approach that would solve the obesity problem for prospective recruits:

    1. Get the junk food and high-calorie beverages out of our schools.
    2. Increase funding for the school lunch program.
    3. Support the development, testing and deployment of proven public-health interventions.

    Read the full article here.

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    Army recruit goes from couch potato to Warfighter

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    A former couch potato turned disciplined army recruit gets into fighting shape.

    Runner's legs

    The October 14 edition of the Recordnet.com (Stockton, CA) has an interesting piece showing how one army recruit (as well as a self-described former couch potato ) was able to loose 50 pounds in order to get ready to report for duty at Fort Benning, GA.

    Read the full article here.

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    Darpa looking to track troop nutrition

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    According to a recent article in Wired.com, the Pentagon has taken an interest in monitoring troop nutrition.

    According to a recent article in Wired.com, the Pentagon has taken an interest in monitoring troop nutrition. In the article, it is reported that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, better know as  DARPA, will be hosting a Point of Use Nutritional Diagnostic Devices Workshop.

    DARPA outlines that the workshop's aim is to "bring together members of the nutrition community and the point of use device community to review the current state-of-the-art in nutritional assessment technology and to identify the research and development needs for point of use devices that perform assessments of nutritional status of our Warfighters".

    Wired seems to be giving greater coverage to Warfighter fitness as of late – last month they featured an article on the influence of high intensity fitness programs in the military.

    Read the full article here.

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    Studies look at the effect of running has on your knees

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    The October 13, 2010 Health section of the New York Times has an article discussing recent research on knees, arthritis and vigorous exercise.

    Man with radiating knee pain

    The October 13, 2010 Health section of the New York Times has an article discussing recent research on knees, arthritis, and vigorous exercise.

    There's no question that physical activity over time takes its toll; however, your body is capable of adapting to it. The question is whether this adaptation is healthy.

    Read the full article here.

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    High-intensity versus long, steady workouts for losing weight

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    The Montreal Gazette examines this burning question.

    Woman running on treadmill

    The October 12, 2010 edition of the Montreal Gazette examines the science of fat burning and asks the question - is there a workout guaranteed for  weight loss and fat burning?

    Read the full article here

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    Who wants to wear "toe shoes"?

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    Vibram’s line of FiveFingers shoes, or VFFs (also known as toe shoes), has become the most controversial item in military running.

    Vibram’s line of FiveFingers shoes, or VFFs (also known as toe shoes), has become the most controversial item in military running.  Army officials have banned them from the PT test over worries they might give some soldiers an unfair advantage. The Navy has also nixed them while Air Force and Marine Corps leaders have given the OK for them to be used. A recent article in Army Times.com take a closer look at the toe shoe controversy and provides current policy stands for the service branches.

    Read the full article here.

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