DoD Campaign Targets Obesity

A new campaign has begun to make military personnel, their families, and prospective recruits more aware of the health risks and the benefits of better nutrition.

The top health official for the U.S. military explains in a new video on the Pentagon Channel just how expensive obesity has become for the services. "It really is a national security issue" that 27 percent of Americans of enlistment age -– those 17 to 24 years old –- don't qualify for the military because they are overweight, Dr. Jonathan Woodson, M.D., assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, says in the video.

Woodson says the Department of Defense is spending $60 million annually to recruit and partially train new personnel who then are discharged because of excess weight. DoD's annual spending to treat health problems related to obesity now amounts to $1.4 billion per year, he says.

The campaign encompasses troops and their families. It includes healthier foods on the menus of military facilities. Woodson says the goal is to reduce diabetes and prevent heart disease and other adverse health impacts associated with obesity.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Track Key Safety Performance Indicators

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations to easily track safety KPIs and metrics. Gain increased visibility into your business’ operations and safety data.

  • Analyze Incident Data

    Collect relevant incident data, analyze trends, and generate accurate regulatory reports, including OSHA 300, 300A, and 301 logs, through IndustrySafe’s extensive incident reporting and investigation module.

  • Safety Training 101

    When it comes to safety training, no matter the industry, there are always questions regarding requirements and certifications. We’ve put together a guide on key safety training topics, requirements for certifications, and answers to common training questions.

  • Conduct EHS Inspections and Audits

    Record and manage your organization’s inspection data with IndustrySafe’s Inspections module. IndustrySafe’s pre-built forms and checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - March 2019

    March 2019

    Featuring:

    • HEARING PROTECTION
      Not Your Grandpa's Ear Muffs 
    • FALL PROTECTION
      Far Too Many Fatal Falls
    • DRUG TESTING
      Marijuana in the Workplace
    • FALL PREVENTION
      Ladder Safety Tips
    View This Issue