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Senior Airman Joseph Amador, 366th Fighter Wing judge advocate military justice paralegal, runs to train for the Slimpossible challenge Jan. 12, 2018, at the Gunfighter Fitness Center, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The Slimpossible challenge motivates Gunfighters to maintain good eating habits and structured workouts throughout the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class JaNae Capuno) Airmen compete in base Slimpossible challenge
The New Year is a chance for people to hit the restart button on goals that they weren’t able to accomplish last year. For one Mountain Home Airman, improving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is their goal, and they are ready for the long road ahead.
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Members of the 55th Security Forces Squadron, draw cards to determine how many push-ups or air squats the whole office does together at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., Dec. 23, 2016. This strategy is used to promote a culture of fitness in Airmen’s daily lives through participation in brief exercises throughout the duty day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Zachary Hada) Airmen improve PFA scores, promote culture of fitness
A heavy emphasis has been placed on health factors affecting Service member’s ability to pass the PFA. The nation as a whole has allocated more research and funding than ever before to target obesity and sedentary lifestyles. Recent data shows approximately eight percent of military members currently meet criteria for being clinically overweight. This is a rise from 2001, with only 1.6 percent of members identified as obese. The Tobacco, Obesity and Alcohol study estimated that obesity and illnesses related to being overweight accounted for more than $1.1 billion spent on medical care for Tricare Prime beneficiaries.
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