Search Cornell

Improving the health of military families

(0) Comments  |   Tags: Brian Leidy,   evaluation,   exercise,   family,   health,   military,   Military Projects,   nutrition,   publication,   smoking,  
Share

BPC_150909_c_AR2_ExecutiveSummary.inddBy Sheri Hall for the BCTR

BCTR researchers have spent two years helping to improve the health and wellness of military members and their families.

The BCTR’s Military Projects team partnered with researchers from the Cornell Office for Research on Evaluation (CORE) to measure outcomes from the Healthy Base Initiative, a short-term project to demonstrate how healthy eating, exercise, and tobacco cessation can improve the lives of active service members and their families. The results were published earlier this year.

Their work was funded by a grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Defense.

The Department of Defense launched the project at 14 pilot sites across the world. First, they assessed the health and wellness of the military community at each site, then they implemented a variety of initiatives designed to improve health and wellness, such as fitness programs, menu labeling, cooking seminars, and tobacco cessation campaigns.

BCTR and CORE researchers worked with the Department of Defense Military Community & Family Policy and other researchers to evaluate which initiatives worked the best to help military families lead healthier lifestyles and develop conclusions that will inform a larger wellness initiative across the Department of Defense.

“Health care costs continue to be a large and rapidly growing part of the military budget and include the cost associated with active duty service members and their families as well as military members in the reserve components, retirees, and veterans,” explained Brian Leidy, senior extension associate at the BCTR and director of Military Projects. “Just like in the civilian population, metabolic diseases which are largely preventable through proper diet, exercise, and avoiding tobacco play a major role in the acceleration of these costs.”

The project identified a wide range of recommendations such as encouraging different service branches within the military to work together on health and fitness initiatives, finding ways to offer more healthy food options within military communities, offering childcare while adults exercise or participate in wellness activities, and creating more tobacco-free areas.

You can read the full list of recommendations in the Healthy Base Initiative executive summary and full report.

Save

Save

Save

Save

(0) Comments.  |   Tags: Brian Leidy    evaluation    exercise    family    health    military    Military Projects    nutrition    publication    smoking   
Share

Proven methods to quit smoking

(0) Comments  |   Tags: Evidence-Based Living,   health,   smoking,  
Share

"One in five deaths in the U.S. can be credited to tobacco, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control – a statistic that makes it clear: Smoking is a huge health problem.

"But there is good news: today America has more former smokers than current smokers, and more than half of current smokers say they want to quit. But according to the evidence, what’s the best way to break the habit?"

Read the rest of the post on the BCTR's Evidence-Based Living Blog:

Proven methods to quit smoking

(0) Comments.  |   Tags: Evidence-Based Living    health    smoking   
Share

Youth smoking prevention works

(0) Comments  |   Tags: adolescence,   Evidence-Based Living,   health,   smoking,  
Share

"Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, causing about 500,000 deaths per year and driving up costs in the U.S. health care system."

Read the rest of this post on the Evidence-Based Living blog:

Youth smoking prevention works

(0) Comments.  |   Tags: adolescence    Evidence-Based Living    health    smoking   
Share