Total Force Fitness and Cooperative Extension: Nutritional Fitness

In today’s Friday Field Notes, we will continue to explore how cooperative extension can support Total Force Fitness (TFF) by examining the resources for nutritional fitness available through cooperative extension.

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What is Nutritional Fitness?

Nutritional fitness involves eating nutrient-rich foods from a variety of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, healthy fats, and whole grains supports service members’ and their families’ physical and psychological health and performance, and can contribute to optimal lifelong health.

Maintaining a healthy diet and ensuring their children receive adequate nutrition is a concern for most parents. For children with food sensitivities, like many children with autism and related diseases, parents may find it more difficult to ensure their children are getting quality nutrition.

View the Yuck! I Don’t Eat That! Nutrition and Selective Eating in Young Children with Autism webinar that addresses the common concerns regarding eating and nutrition for children with autism and related diseases and provides strategies for ensuring that children with autism and related diseases are receiving adequate nutrition.

Cooperative Extension and Nutritional Fitness

In addition to the strategies provided in this webinar, cooperative extension provides a variety of resources for families to help them develop and maintain a healthy diet. Many cooperative extension programs even provide recipes for inexpensive, family friendly, nutritious meals!

Meal Planning. Planning out meals is a great way to save money, time, and maintain healthy choices. Learn more about meal planning tips, sample plans, and more at www.hprc-online.org.

Performance Nutrition. Eating the right foods can take your performance to the next level. Food choice can be critical for operational demands as well as optimizing everyday military performance.

Weight Loss. These Fighting Weight Strategies can help Military Service Members maintain optimum body weight and condition for mission success.

To learn more about nutritional fitness, visit the Nutrition section on www.hprc-online.org. Also, visit Operation Supplement Safety at OPSS.org to get evidence-based information about dietary supplements and how to choose safe dietary supplements. To find resources near you and the families you work with, click on your state below or contact your local cooperative extension office.

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