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Injury Prevention Strategies: Lifting, Strengthening, Stretching

If you’ve ever had a back injury, you know that the recovery process can take weeks, months, or even years—this is referred to as a chronic condition. Preventing injuries to the back can save you from going down this long road to recovery. Check out our new article on
back injuries that includes tips on lifting heavy objects, strengthening the muscles of the back, and maintaining adequate flexibility in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

What’s in your energy drink?

Do you really know what’s in your energy drink? HPRC put together a new resource that points out some common ingredients found in energy drinks. Our ingredient label includes some hidden sources of caffeine and other ingredients that can have stimulant effects on your body. It also highlights other information that you might see on a label, including warnings. So check out the energy drinks infosheet>, and then go to Operation Supplement Safety (OPSS) for more information about how to choose dietary supplements safely.

Healthy Eating the ChooseMyPlate Way
  • Cover ½ your 9” plate with non-starchy vegetables and fruits
  • ½ your plate may be all vegetables if you have fruit as a snack
  • Add to ¼ your plate a grain or starchy vegetable
  • Leave room on ¼ of your plate for 3 oz lean meat, fish or protein-rich vegetarian entrée
  • Top off with 1 serving of fat-free milk with each of your meals
  • Or a zero-calorie beverage if you have a low-fat dairy item as a snack 2-3 time/day
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What is the Performance Triad?

The Performance Triad is a comprehensive U.S. Army initiative that gets back to the basics of health: sleep, activity, and nutrition. It is being rolled out as part of the System for Health and is designed to build and sustain Soldier health in order to optimize personal and unit performance, resilience, and readiness. Soldiers should focus on all three components of the triad equally.

The Performance Triad pilot started in September of 2013 at battalions on Fort Bliss, Fort Bragg, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord. It includes educational resources and technological tools for both leaders and soldiers. Soldiers learn to train like elite athletes—and this resilience training is a key aspect of military education from the time a Soldier starts until the time of separation or retirement from the Army and beyond. Components of the triad will be rolled out over the next year, so keep your eye out for more information to be added to the initiative.

If you’d prefer to find more information on your own, please visit the Performance Triad’s website.


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