DVIDS – News – New courses help Minnesota National Guard stay fit to fight
February 18, 2021 (COTTAGE GROVE, Minn.) – Members of the Minnesota National Guard Service participated in a Holistic Health and Fitness (H2F) Facilitator Course at the General Vessey Readiness Center in Arden Hills from January 11-13, 2022 .
“I’ve been on the full soldier fitness course since 2019. I’ve been on part of the wellness part program,” said Army Warrant Officer Chet Merino, an electromagnetic warfare technician. “From there, I wanted to get more involved. I’m honored to be a part of something that I think really helps cultivate soldiers on the deepest level possible.
Merino has been working as a personal trainer for 13 years and a wellness coach for five years.
“The goal of holistic health and fitness is to identify that the problems we have in life are never just at the symptomatic level,” Merino said. “It examines the full scope of the soldier and what wellness means to him.”
The new US Army Field Manual 7-22 for Holistic Health was recently released in October 2021, replacing an older version released in 2012. The older version had a strong fitness focus, while the new version takes a broader approach .
Holistic health focuses on five areas: physical, mental, nutrition, sleep and spiritual. These elements affect the level of performance of a member of the service.
“It’s about exploring what we can do to help optimize ourselves beyond the idea of fitness, but also understanding that by helping these other areas our fitness will also improve” , he added.
The course is designed to enable unit-level commanders to assist soldiers by providing an overview of the five domains. For Army Captain Timothy Gearns, the course was insightful and interactive.
“The most important thing was to see the paradigm shift in the mindset and approach of the military,” said Gearns, who serves with the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Red Infantry Division. Bull. “I sincerely believe that the course sets the conditions for better leadership. Being able to better understand and comprehend these gaps in the areas will provide service members with a more supportive command that can help address the root causes.
Gearns wanted to take the course to better understand the new approach. He also wanted additional knowledge and the ability to see and influence positive change in the Minnesota National Guard.
He believes those who take the course will give commanders another set of resources and, in the long run, help teach lasting skills while improving the health of both uniformed and non-uniformed service members.
The H2F initiative aims to promote a safer and healthier lifestyle in all aspects, not just from exercise. According to Merino, it’s designed to give soldiers the tools they need to stay physically, mentally, and spiritually ready to overcome whatever challenges they face.
“If you’re passionate about developing yourself and your soldiers, this course is a building block to really fuel that axiom,” Merino said.
In addition to the H2F Facilitator course, the Minnesota National Guard educates service members on the Total Soldier Concept through the Complete Soldier Fitness Course (CSFC). The course includes things like building relationships through communication, and it also helps soldiers identify their vision and goals.
“These are tools and skills they can develop to help them through whatever they go through in life,” Merino said. “When soldiers are performing at their best, the mission has no choice but to perform at the same level.”
During the week-long CSFC course in February, Minnesota hosted visitors from the National Guard Bureau’s Initial Military Training Center to observe how the state incorporated holistic health principles into the CSFC course.
“Here in Minnesota, they’ve taken their own program and really built it into a great example for other states as they look to create their own H2F programs,” Army Maj. Ryan Short said. , Deputy Chief of Staff at the Center for Initial Military Training.
Other courses will be offered throughout the year, with the CFSC holding courses from April 24 to May 1 and September 11 to 18. The H2F2 will hold its next course on May 24-26.
|Date posted:||03.04.2022 12:17|
|Location:||COTTAGE GROVE, MN, USA|
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