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Army health platform embraces the fitness-tracking craze

Army health platform embraces the fitness-tracking craze

The Army is adapting its ArmyFit personal health, resilience and performance platform for smartphones and mobile fitness devices.

ArmyFit will store, track and integrate data from those devices, and provide real-time feedback so users can track such things as running, steps taken, nutrition and even sleep. ArmyFit works with Fitbit and Jawbone, and the ability to sync Garmin and Withings devices is coming soon.

"Tracking all of those behaviors increases awareness, increases mindfulness and also can prompt behavioral change, such as being more aware of what you're eating and how much you're working out," said Capt. Kristin Saboe. "That alone can lead to change and increase resilience."

ArmyFit also added an  “Ask the Experts” feature, in which experts confidentially respond to questions on a wide range of topics, from physical fitness and sports medicine to nutrition, relationships and mental and emotional health. 

In addition to the ArmyFit, the Army Global Assessment Tool has also been made mobile-ready.  The annual GAT requirement for non-deployed soldiers helps evaluate fitness and is a prerequisite for accessing ArmyFit content.  Soldiers can access the services by using an Army Knowledge Online username and password – no Common Access Card is needed.

“Soldiers have a personal responsibility to manage and maintain their overall health and resilience,” said Saboe. “ArmyFit is a platform to help soldiers do that.”

Posted by Mark Pomerleau on Aug 27, 2015 at 7:23 AM


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