Military Health Behaviors: Weight Measurements and Standards for Soldiers

Funding : U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, W81XWH-09-1-0616       

April 2007– September 2017

As a part of the Weight Measurements and Standards for Soldiers Project, 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.  H.E.A.L.T.H. is considered a population health program, has been deployed and tested in two pilot projects (Ft. Bragg, NC, and New England Reserves), and is being tested in the Louisiana Army National Guard (LANG). This study is expected to result in dissemination of the H.E.A.L.T.H. program to all branches of the Military and improve combat readiness for our technologically advanced fighting force.

Selected Publications:

Stewart, T., May, S, Allen, R, Bathalon, G., Lavergne, G., Sigrist, L., Ryan, D., & Williamson, D. Development of an Internet/Population-based weight management program for the U.S. Army. Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, 2, 116-126, 2008.  PubMed

Stewart, T.M., Han, H., Ryan, D.H., Newton, R.L. & Williamson, D.A. H.E.A.L.T.H.: Efficacy of an internet/population-based behavioral weight management program for the U.S. Army. Journal of Diabetes Science & Technology, 5, 178-187, 2011.  PubMed

Williamson, D.A., Bathalon, G.P., Sigrist, L.D., Allen, H.R., Friedl, K.E., Young, A.J., Martin, C.K., Stewart, T.M., Burrell, L., Han, H., Hubbard, V.S., & Ryan, D. Military Services Fitness Database: Development of a computerized physical fitness and weight management database for the U.S. Army. Military Medicine, 174, 1-8, 2009.  PubMed