In this week’s Friday Field Notes, we will continue our exploration of the resources and programming that the Military Families Learning Network provides to support Total Force Fitness with our Nutrition and Wellness team.
Total Force Fitness and Nutrition and Wellness
In addressing all aspects of Total Force Fitness, incorporating nutrition and wellness is of paramount importance. Supporting military families in this endeavor can markedly improve physical and mental health. You will find that the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness team provides education and services to address many aspects of health, such as avoiding burnout on the job, the microbiome of breast milk, and food insecurity among active service members and veterans.
The Nutrition and Wellness team has an upcoming webinar, Incorporating DASH Diet Principles into Everyday Living. The DASH Diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) focuses on incorporating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein while maintaining flexibility in order lower blood pressure.
At the completion of the course, presented by Rosanne Rust, MS, RDN, attendees should be able to effectively explain the DASH diet to patients and colleagues, identify resources and references for the DASH diet, identify patients who would benefit from the DASH diet, explain the new high blood pressure guidelines to patients as well as risk factors for hypertension, and help patients set goals to adopt the DASH Diet.
On the topic of diet, military families may also have children with special needs that can complicate healthy eating. In order to address the complex issue of diet and children with developmental delays, you may also wish to check out a past webinar about selective eating in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
If you are interested in this event and believe it will help you better serve military families, then you may also want to check out some related upcoming events from Nutrition and Wellness, such as Building Partnerships Beyond Policy With Your Commissary or Empowering Diabetes Self-Management Utilizing the Latest Technology in Personal Blood Glucose Monitoring.
Additional Resources from Nutrition and Wellness
With a focus on the unique needs of military service members and their families, the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness team is an excellent example of how Cooperative Extension is a force multiplier in Military Family Readiness. Their focus on preventive and medical nutrition by staying up to date with the latest research in the field and applying new information through education and counseling positions them as an indispensable asset in the pursuit of Total Force Fitness