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Health Behaviors and Health Status

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Healthy and fit service members are critical to a ready and effective military force. Many factors affect the health of military personnel such as exposure to disease and risk of illness and injury in the performance of their duties. In addition, lifestyle choices related to diet and nutrition, exercise, and substance use can have a positive or negative impact on health. This chapter examines healthy lifestyles and health promotion among active duty military personnel with an emphasis on exercise, overweight and obesity status, nutrition, illness, and injury. It reports progress of the active duty military population in meeting selected Healthy People 2010 objectives; examines trends in overweight, illness, and injury; and assesses the correlates and predictors of healthy behaviors. Data are drawn from the 1995 to 2008 Department of Defense (DoD) Surveys of Health Related Behaviors Among Active Duty Military Personnel (HRB surveys).

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Bray, R.M., Hourani, L.L., Williams, J., Lane, M.E., Marsden, M.E. (2014). Health Behaviors and Health Status. In: Understanding Military Workforce Productivity. Springer, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-78303-1_4

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