Total Force Fitness is an integrated approach to health and fitness initiated by the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen. It breaks down into eight domains:
- Medical and dental
Total Force Fitness is for all service branches and is designed to be prevention focused, individual centric, and it recognizes the family as the central element of the TFF equation.
As individuals, we are complex organisms. So too are the environments we live and work in and the challenges of our everyday lives. For members of the military and their families, who face deployment and all its extreme stressors, these challenges can be even greater. That’s why it was deemed necessary to formulate a holistic approach to health and fitness.
“Total Force Fitness abolishes the concept that ‘fitness’ is just physical and incorporates both the body and the mind,” explained Stephen S. Frost, MD, director, Human Performance Resource Center, Uniformed Services University.
This is quite revolutionary. After all, who, in bygone eras, would have considered a soldier’s spiritual well-being as being something in need of monitoring and nurturing? Who would have suspected that, for example, transcendental meditation might play a role alongside traditional counseling? But it is this all-encompassing, thinking-outside-the-box approach that makes Total Force Fitness so valuable.
“Total fitness is a state where mind and body are seen as one. It is a state where people, their families, and the organizations in which they serve are connected and thriving,” Mullen said in his article, “On Total Force Fitness in War and Peace.”
Throughout March we’ll be breaking down this radical new approach to “warrior health” and looking at the rationales for it and effects of it. Check back weekly for new posts on this fascinating subject.