NACDD is working closely with State Health Departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Defense Health Agency (DHA) to help improve strategic communication and collaboration to address the upstream factors of chronic disease such as tobacco use, physical activity, and nutrition for our nation’s 1.38 million military service members and their families.
Read our NACDD Healthy Military Communities Fact Sheet (2021).
A fit and healthy fighting force is the foundation of a strong national defense. In the United States, poor health, obesity, lack of physical fitness, and tobacco use pose a growing threat to the Department of Defense’s (DoD) four “Rs”: recruitment, retention, readiness, and resilience. A few observations underscore the scale of the challenge:
Efforts such as the Healthy Base Initiative (HBI) found that the DoD and the Services tend to build their own programs, often under the assumption that outside organizations would not understand the military or offer programs that meet the military’s needs. However, most of the challenges that the DoD and its Service members face are also present in the civilian (i.e., community) sector.
Healthy Military Communities is a program of the Center for Advancing Healthy Communities. Contact Catherine McCann at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the NACDD military portfolio of work and how you can partner with NACDD.