The preservation of the Soldier's health should be the commander's first and greatest care.
APFRI's slogan is printed on the front of the packet I received after my 3 hour assessment which included an Army body-fat tape test, a bod pod trip, a treadmill test, a flexibility test, a weight lifting test for leg and arm strength, nutritional analysis, and blood work. Inside were all sorts of helpful sheets on how to improve in the areas I needed to work on, namely upper body strength, body fat, weight, and aerobic fitness. A staff member talked me through my results in a judgement neutral way. What I loved about the whole thing was that it felt really thorough and somebody took the time to show you how you did on each result. They didn't just summarize like the doctor does; they explained the reasons for and the ranges of results for each of the tests and showed me where I fell in a green/yellow/red spectrum. And for the areas where I'm not in the green, they set up consultations for me with a personal trainer or a nutritionist. Now I just have to do what they say.
Here are some of my results:
blood pressure--green range
Glucose, triglycerides, cholesterol--green, and with the risk factors I have, I could take up smoking and still be risk free (Bill argues that is my own interpretation of the results)
Army body-fat tape test--green
BUT: Bod Pod body fat test puts me in the red with 31.60% body fat. I should be below 23.9%
Weight: yellow at 138.61 lbs
Upper body strength: yellow
Nutritional Analysis: I eat my entire caloric allowance in starches/grains every day, and I still eat from all the other food groups!
So why share all this? A little to have it recorded in a place I can come back to, but also because I thought it was a great idea to have a benchmark, a real snapshot of my health and wellness at 36. I would love to have something to compare this to from when I was 25 and 35 pounds overweight and just starting this whole healthy lifestyle journey. And I think that most of it would be replicable without APRFI. A trip to the doctor with an appointement to discuss results, a tape measure, a heart monitor, a scale, and a few minutes assessing my eating and workout habits would cover 90% of what APFRI did. Have you ever done something like this?