WII service members face many challenges during their recover process. We understand that maintaining a healthy weight during sickness or injury is not always an easy task, but nutrition is very important as it pertains to a speedy recovery. Sailors and Marines who do not maintain a healthy weight during sickness or injury may encounter prolonged healing and recovery time, and increased risk for infection after surgery. Additionally, poor eating and nutrition has been associated with a higher risk of insomnia, anxiety, and depression. It is important that WII members learn new approaches to healthy eating and physical activity.
“Now is the time” to take control of your health. Learning new skills and attitudes about nutrition, physical activity, and motivation to fully recover is essential. Sailors and Marines are encouraged to avoid eating a lot of junk food. These foods have very few nutrients and do not promote muscle growth. Equally important is the avoidance of food for stimulation and satisfaction, and avoid gaining excess body fat and getting out of shape. According to the Weight-Control Information Network (2010), over two- thirds of all United States adults are overweight or obese. This translates to approximately 68%; of all adults. Service members should strive to attain and maintain an overall better percentage than the U.S. population. This can be achieved due to the resiliency of service members. Developing a healthy lifestyle and maintaining your weight can increase life expectancy and improve the quality of life.
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