Seeking Balance: ‘Performance Triad’ becomes a new health strategy

| May 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
Sgt. Jesse Untalan; 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Staff Sgt. Chelsea Woidill, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command, checks her points on a map during the nighttime urban orienteering portion of the 8th TSC's 2014 Best Warrior Competition, here, recently. Balancing work, sleep and nutrition for a resilient Army is at the center of the

Sgt. Jesse Untalan; 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Staff Sgt. Chelsea Woidill, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command, checks her points on a map during the nighttime urban orienteering portion of the 8th TSC’s 2014 Best Warrior Competition, here, recently. Balancing work, sleep and nutrition for a resilient Army is at the center of the

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Capt. Sheryl R. Milford
U.S. Army Health Clinic Schofield Barracks
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The Performance Triad is an Armywide initiative guided by Army Medicine in support of the Army’s Ready and Resilient Campaign (R2C) to optimize personal and unit performance, resilience and readiness.

The intent is for the impact of the campaign to not just occur in the health clinic, but in the “lifespace” of all individuals.

The triad aims to reach not only active duty Soldiers, but Reserve and National Guard units, pre-retirees, retirees, Department of the Army civilians and family members — all part of the Army community.

Program Goals
On average, health care providers spend 20 minutes at each encounter with patients, approximately five times per year. An average of 100 minutes is a small fraction of time to impact an individual’s health choices.

The rest of the year — 525,500 minutes — is an individual’s lifespace, in between health care appointments, where the majority of choices that impact health and life are made.

Army Medicine wants to reach beyond clinics and medical treatment facilities to positively impact choices on the key Performance Triad components:  sleep, activity and nutrition.

Regardless of the role an individual has in the Army community, or his or her age, a balance of sleep, activity and nutrition is essential for all to build and sustain health. Each component is independently important, but optimum performance, readiness and resilience are attained when all three are addressed simultaneously.

Main Program Elements
Some of the key messages for each component of the Performance Triad follow.

Sleep
Aim for seven to eight hours of sleep per night.
Stop caffeine at least six hours prior to bedtime.
Finish exercise or physical activity three hours before bedtime.
Do not drink alcohol before bedtime.
Maintain a consistent routine, that includes a fixed wake-up time.

Activity
Decrease prolonged sitting.
Move at least 10 minutes every hour and aim to walk 10,000 steps per day.
Vary workouts to include strength training, endurance, balance, agility and coordination.
Engage in dynamic warmups prior to exercise.
Do not wait to treat injuries; see your health care provider as soon as injury occurs.

Nutrition
Focus on whole foods.
Stay hydrated and monitor status.
Choose quality foods for optimal fueling.
Be informed about making safe, dietary supplement choices.
Practice portion control.

Program Beginnings
Army Medicine started a Performance Triad Pilot in September of 2013 at battalions on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Fort Bliss and Fort Bragg. Education and training on the Performance Triad was conducted and is currently being tracked with the use of technological tools to include personal fitness devices, apps and websites.

Though the pilot is still in progress, due to positive response and feedback, the Performance Triad is being deployed across the Army. The Pacific Region Medical Command will have a Performance Triad kickoff the first week in June at both Tripler Army Medical Center and U.S. Army Health Clinic Schofield Barracks.

A big part of the kickoff will include the initiation of the Performance Triad 26-week challenge. Individuals are challenged each week to change or improve their behaviors in each component of the triad, simultaneously to enhance health, performance and resiliency.
(Editor’s note: Milford is chief of the Schofield Barracks Nutrition Clinic.)

Triad Online
More information on the Army’s Performance Triad can be found at this  website:
http://armymedicine.mil/Pages/performance-triad.aspx.
Other websites and apps to assist with the Performance Triad challenge include these:
•H.E.A.L.T.H. is a Web and smart phone app that assists in promoting nutrition and exercise.  Register at http://armyhealth.pbrc.edu.
•Army Fit is part of the Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness (CSF2) website that provides health and wellness information at https://armyfit.army.mil/.
•DOD’s Operation Live Well site has multiple tools and resources to assist with multiple health and wellness components at www.health.mil/livewell.

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