Total Force Fitness and Military Families Learning Network: Personal Finance

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In this week’s Friday Field Notes, we will begin our exploration of the resources and programming that Military Families Learning Network provides to support Total Force Fitness with our Personal Finance team.

Personal Finance and Total Force Fitness

While financial fitness is not one of the eight core domains of Total Force Fitness, personal finances can affect all eight domains. For example, it can be difficult for service members to maintain social fitness if they argue frequently with their spouse about finances. Therefore, you will find plenty of resources from Personal Finance to support many of the Total Force Fitness Domains.

Social Fitness: Personal Finance’s Family Finance Series provides information and strategies for meeting the financial needs that accompany changes in relationships (e.g., the birth of a child or divorce) that occur over one’s lifespan. Being prepared to meet these changes financially can help service members and their families focus on their relationships with loved ones to support social fitness.

Medical and Dental, Nutritional, and Physical Fitness:  While finances are not usually one of the first things that people think about when they hear physical health, finances and health are strongly tied and being prepared financially can support all areas of physical health and fitness. Personal Finance’s upcoming webinar, The Relationship Between Health and Finances, explores the interconnectedness of personal finance and health. One of the key ways that health and finances are interconnected is the cost of insurance. With Personal Finance’s Insurance Principles and Resources: What Financial Educators Need to Know webinar, you can learn about insurance basics, including ways to determine the coverage that is right for you. For additional information and resources, check out Small Steps to Health and Wealth, a program designed to build good habits that support both physical and financial health, created by Personal Finance team member, Dr. Barbara O’Neill.

Behavioral Fitness: Risky health behaviors can often put service members and their families at risk financially. Personal Finances upcoming webinar, Gambling Disorders: Special Considerations for Service Members, explores research on the risk factors of gambling disorders as well as resources available to service members who are currently struggling with a gambling disorder.

These are just a few of the resources available through the Personal Finance team that supports Total Force Fitness. To learn more about the professional development opportunities offered by Personal Finance, check out their team page.

Additional Resources from Personal Finance

The Personal Finance team provides professional development opportunities for Personal Financial Managers who support service members and their families through financial counseling and education. However, Personal Finance’s programming is easily accessible to everyone looking to improve their own finances and financial literacy. You can take advantage of their programming by joining a webinar, downloading a podcast, or joining the mailing list to get updates on timely blog posts.

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