FALLS CHURCH, Va. -- Recently, the Army Surgeon General and commander U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho officially announced Army Medicine's System for Health and the Performance Triad during a MEDCOM-wide Stand Up For Health Training Day.
In a call to action, Horoho challenged Army Medicine leaders to change the way they think about healthcare delivery. The System for Health represents a paradigm shift from a health care system focused on disease, to a system focused on prevention. The key tenets of the Performance Triad -- Activity, Nutrition and Sleep (ANS) -- provide the foundational roadmap upon which Soldiers and their Families can make healthy life choices.
"As we wind down from nearly 12 years of combat operations, we -- as an Army and as a nation -- have a golden opportunity to reset, refit and refocus. That focus should be on maintaining, restoring and improving health -- using improved physical activity, nutrition and sleep habits to foster increased readiness and resilience," said Horoho who spoke to her leaders worldwide via video teleconference from Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
Obesity, chronic disease and overall rising healthcare costs are a national concern, shared with the Department of Defense (DOD), and represent a challenge to the readiness of our Army, she said.
Nearly 70% of the diseases are preventable. Horoho explained that the money spent on treating preventable disease is money not available to the Warfighter.
"It's critical that the Army lead the way in ensuring a healthier force and a healthier nation," Horoho added.
Physical activity, nutrition and sleep, all impact the physical and cognitive performance of Soldiers, Family members and Army civilians. With the Performance Triad, Army Medicine seeks to support a System for Health, driving behaviors that optimize individual performance, unit readiness and overall health of our Families.
By increasing the awareness of Soldier's and their Families in these three areas, it is expected that their personal behaviors will be positively influenced leading to improved performance and resilience. The Performance Triad will be established across the entire Army. The Performance Triad directly supports the Army's Ready and Resilient Campaign (R2C), which aims to achieve a culture where resilience is a part of the profession and is a critical component to readiness.
The Stand-Up for Health Training Day served as the official announcement of the Performance Triad and Army Medicine's transformation from a healthcare system to a System for Health to the personnel of MEDCOM and to educate them on the importance of incorporating the tenets of better physical activity, nutrition, and sleep habits into their personal lives and professional ethic.
"Everyone in Army Medicine must play an active role in how we influence the health of our more than 3 million beneficiaries," said Horoho. "The way ahead is connected, collaborative, and patient-centered. That's how we get to health. That's how we get better."
Ms. Stephanie P. Abdullah, Army Medicine