Tools For Supporting the Health and Wellness of Those You Lead

As a leader, you can direct your service members to a Military OneSource health and wellness coach to improve their health and well-being. The coaches provide them with information, support, encouragement and accountability so that they can attain their goals and achieve their maximum potential. Your service members can connect online at MilitaryOneSource.mil or by phone at 800-342-9647.

Furthermore, leading from the front means being an example to your service members and demonstrating the values you want to see reflected in them. Invest in your own wellness and see the benefits spread throughout your unit. Encourage them to engage in regular physical activity to promote these health benefits:

  • Weight loss
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduced stress

You can also use the Great American Smokeout on Nov.20 as an opportunity to move your service members toward a healthier lifestyle by encouraging them to make a plan to quit smoking.

Remind those you lead that normal examples of exercise are not the only ways to live actively. Other ways to integrate physical activity into their routine include the following:

  • Riding a bicycle instead of driving
  • Taking the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Doing yard work
  • Playing with your children or pet at the park 

Morale, Welfare and Recreation also offers unit fitness classes and programs at many installation fitness facilities. Check with yours to schedule a unit PT session and get all of your service members moving.

Learn more about the benefits of an active lifestyle and find ideas on how to increase the physical activity of those you lead by visiting ChooseMyPlate.gov.