CSF brings holistic approach to families’ well-being, fitness

| April 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

Nancy Rasmussen
U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs

Comprehensive Soldier Fitness encompasses family strengths

FORT SHAFTER — Comprehensive Soldier Fitness represents the Army’s investment in readiness of the force and quality of life for its service members and civilians by placing the same emphasis on psychological, emotional and mental strength as it does with physical strength. 

Launched last October, the program takes a holistic approach to fitness by optimizing five dimensions of strength: physical, emotional, social, spiritual and family.

In January, the CSF program began reaching out to family members, with its principal aim focused on strengthening people’s resilience so that they could better deal with adversity.

The first step in making the program available to family members was the modification of the Global Assessment Tool, or GAT, a self-assessment survey that provides a baseline in the social, emotional, family and spiritual dimensions of strength.

Dana Whitis, a subject matter expert at Department of the Army for the family component of CSF, said that although the family GAT is slightly different from the one Soldiers take, the survey fulfills the same function.

“The family GAT is talking to the family members, specifically, so the (Soldier-centric) language is removed,” Whitis said. “But as far as measuring the strengths, that isn’t changed.”

Family members are encouraged to take the GAT to assess their emotional, social, spiritual and family fitness. 

The GAT provides immediate results with links to tailored self-development training, which provides a wide range of tools to help Soldiers and family members better communicate with one another, while maximizing their overall potential.

“The Army recognizes the increased sacrifices that families make on a daily basis,” said Lt. Col. Carolyn Fota, patient administration officer, U. S. Army-Pacific. “Comprehensive Soldier Fitness for Families provides invaluable skills, resources and coping strategies that help a family build resilience.”

The program, Fota added, links families to resources and tools available to build resilience. These tools provide families with a baseline in four dimensions of strength — emotional, social, spiritual and family — and an opportunity to track self-development and growth in these areas over time.

To access the CSF GAT and the Comprehensive Resilience Modules, visit www.sft.army.mil/sftfamily. Army Knowledge Online log in is required.

“Our Army is strong because of the support our Soldiers receive from their families,” said  Col. Joseph Pina, deputy surgeon, USARPAC. “CSF enables them to actively manage physical and psychological challenges in their personal lives, and continues to be the pillar of support behind our Soldiers. The strength of our nation depends on it.”

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