TRICARE Resolves to do the New Year Right
The New Year is quickly approaching, and another year means another resolution. TRICARE offers an easy way to jump start the New Year with a regular exercise program for the entire family. Healthy resolutions make healthy beneficiaries.
Uniformed service members know the importance of staying physically fit. Being physically fit has a direct impact on their level of combat readiness, mental and physical health, and their productivity, but it’s also beneficial to those who aren’t in uniform.
Physical activity is important for general health and weight management and can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other diseases. Beneficiaries curious about the amount of calories burned from various activities can visit www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/physical_activity/index.html.
Before starting an exercise program, beneficiaries should check with their primary care provider, especially if they have pre-existing medical conditions. Doctors can help determine the right amount of activity based on personal condition. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend 30 minutes of daily physical activity for adults and 60 minutes for children.
Everyday activities can provide opportunities for being more active. CDC offers some ways to stay healthy everyday:
- Walk, cycle, jog, skate, etc., to work, school, store or place of worship
- Park the car farther away from your destination
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator
- Use leg power by taking small trips on foot to get your body moving
- Take fitness breaks by walking or doing desk exercises instead of taking cigarette breaks.
- Perform gardening or home repair activities.
The Defense Department currently unveiled their brand new health campaign, OPERATION: Live Well which is dedicated to making healthy living the easy choice and social norm. The campaign outlines the importance of overall preparedness of the nation’s warriors and their families. To learn more about the campaign go to, www.defense.gov/home/features/2012/0812_live-well/.
Health starts by making healthy choices. TRICARE has educational programs and covers most preventive services for all beneficiaries. Visit the healthy living page at www.tricare.mil/livewell to learn more.