Army H.E.A.L.T.H. Program
The Healthy Eating, Activity, and Lifestyle Training Headquarters (H.E.A.L.T.H.) program was developed at PBRC and represents an ongoing, 10-year collaborative effort between PBRC and the Department of Defense. The H.E.A.L.T.H. program is designed to aid Soldiers in maintaining healthy weight status, fitness status, combat readiness, and Warfighter performance. H.E.A.L.T.H. also includes programming to aid Soldier’s family members in reaching overall health and fitness goals. H.E.A.L.T.H. incorporates cutting edge interactive technology and is “portable” (e.g. Internet, Smartphone) so Soldiers and their family members can use it wherever they are in the world.
Core features of the Army H.E.A.L.T.H. program include customized meal plans, food tracking, personalized fitness plans, a comprehensive fitness tool to build customized workouts, remote activity tracking, and resilience components, e.g. stress and anxiety management, mindfulness training. This program is currently a population based program, completely remote, and includes technology based tailoring, self-report data, and anonymous use.
H.E.A.L.T.H. is currently being disseminated as part of the Performance Triad Program (Nutrition, Activity, Sleep) of the U.S. Army Surgeon General, Patricia Horoho.
Visit the Army H.E.A.L.T.H. website for more information.
Army H.E.A.L.T.H. Intensive Program
To advance the mission of the Triad, the Army H.E.A.L.T.H. Intensive program aims to combine evidenced based tools and guidance (Army H.E.A.L.T.H) previously tested in three PBRC military studies and a new, remote clinical intervention model (individualized remote coaching model) that also includes mobile tracking technology/devices for physical activity, weight, nutrition, and sleep. The Army H.E.A.L.T.H. Intensive is currently being tested in a randomized pilot trial (funded by TATRC) with Soldiers and their family members. The purpose of this investigation is to test the efficacy of an intensive intervention to assist Soldiers in meeting standards for body fat and fitness and to assist family members in the improvement of nutrition, fitness and sleep. The program includes; 1) An Internet/Smartphone program for weight management and weight gain prevention developed during previous DoD research, 2) Integrated remote monitoring technology/devices, e.g. smart scales, activity tracking devices, 3) Individualized weight management and exercise recommendations based on data collected from web/mobile app/devices to be delivered via web/mobile app/Smartphone; participants do not travel to a clinical facility for the program components, and 4) newly integrated resilience components, including mood, anxiety, and stress management, and mindfulness training . This program may be thought of as more of a remote wellness center/compatible model, with more intensive clinical monitoring and individualized tailoring, e.g. use of technology to collect real-time data, individual behavioral prompting to aid with goal achievement, that could be used in the context of a medical/wellness setting, e.g. primary care, dietitian, fitness services or used alone.
Body Morph Assessment 2.0
The Body Morph Assessment 2.0 (BMA 2.0). The BMA 2.0 utilizes a computer “morph” movie of a human body. The battery consists of several morph movies. These morph movies are distinguished between gender and race (i.e. White female, White male, Black female, Black male). The image of the human body that is utilized with each subject was an image that matches the subject’s race and gender. The reliability and the validity of the BMA 2.0 have been supported (Stewart et al., 2009). The BMA 2.0 measures very small increments of changes in body size estimation. The morph demonstrates the transformation of an exceptionally thin body into an obese body. There are a total of 100 increments between the two endpoints of the thin and obese bodies. It is computer-based and self-administered.
To obtain the BMA 2.0, or for all body image inquires, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stewart, T. M., Allen, H. R., Han, H. & Williamson, D. A. The Development of the Body Morph Assessment Version 2.0 (BMA 2.0): Tests of Reliability and Validity. (2009). Body Image 6(2), 67-94.
The word “health” means something different to everyone. No matter how it is defined, for all of us, our health is significantly impacted by our own choices. Body image is a major influence on our choices. Emerge takes evidence-based programs that improve body image, eating disorders, and weight management and adapts them into interactive media and technologies aimed at transforming thoughts, perceptions and behaviors. Emerge programs aim to empower individuals to seek health and thriving as the desired endpoint, rather than unattainable appearance goals.
Certain programs for body image improvement, eating disorder prevention and treatment, and weight management show promise for countering the escalating trends in our society. For these programs to realize their potential and impact society they must be in step with today’s digital and interactive capabilities. This adaptation from offline research to mobile interactive is at the core of Emerge’s work.