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Thursday, August 1st, 2013 at 10:10 am  |  12 responses

NBA Working With Department of Defense to Improve Soldiers’ Health


The League is teaming up with the Pentagon to help make service members and their family members healthier. Per the AP: “The ‘NBA Cares Hoops for Troops Healthy Military Base Tour’ launches Thursday, a program that will feature player visits and clinics at military bases in the U.S, hosted by current and former NBA and WNBA players, coaches and officials. The first one is Thursday at Fort Sill in Oklahoma. The NBA said research has indicated that obesity and tobacco use among U.S. military add more than $3 billion per year to the DOD budget in health care costs and lost duty days. ‘We have a responsibility as a league to do whatever we can to help in the area of health and wellness, especially as it relates to the men and women who serve and protect us each and every day,’ NBA senior vice president of social responsibility Todd Jacobson said in a statement. The joint effort is part of the NBA’s ‘Hoops for Troops’ program and the Pentagon’s ‘Healthy Base Initiative,’ which began earlier this year to examine efforts to improve nutritional choices and increase physical activity on select bases.”

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  • danpowers

    its about time. anytime i pass by US-military camps in south germany many of these guys look like obesity isnt only a problem of US-civilians lol. europe is catching up tho. go team junk-food!

  • The Mauve Avenger

    Haha Mexico passed the US for most overweight nation! They must not be USMC camps you’re seeing, the standard for BMI for ages 17-26 is 18 percent, I believe. Semper Fi!

  • bike

    This sounds rather pathetic. Our military is in deep need of conditioning and nutritional advice?

  • danpowers

    i wont get into that as im a german civilian. just wanted to share my observation here. that mexico surpassed the us doesnt suprise me, i gained quite some weight while being there. cant say no to their food lol

  • The Mauve Avenger

    Haha it’s understandable. Food is a huge part of their culture.

  • Blarmac

    BMI standards are the same for the entire military, bro.

  • Ugh

    The outsourcing of catering has been the ruin of discipline and nutrition the world over.

  • The Mauve Avenger

    Not true, bro.

    Acceptable BMI for the younger, male service members:

    Army 17-20: 20%
    Navy 17-39: 22%
    Marines 17-26: 18%
    Air Force: I have no clue and I couldn’t find it online.
    Coast Guard Under 30: 22%

    References:
    http://usmilitary.about.com/od/theorderlyroom/a/bodyfat.htm

    http://www.uscg.mil/worklife/docs/pdf/New%20MAW%20Chart.pdf

  • danpowers

    as far as i have heard the us military is recently facing the problem that the number of soldiers surpassing the acceptable BMI and / or lose the ability to complete their daily PT is increasing. in other words they are losing soldiers due to obesity. the causes are not clear yet, but as ive heard theyre investigating on that and it somehow seems to me that this headline’s programme is just one of many necessary steps to tackle that problem.
    you guys are securing the wealth of our western civilization, please stay sharp! lol

  • The Mauve Avenger

    Wow I haven’t heard about this, I’ll look it up. The ingredients of the junk food is habit forming , I’m sure. I’m not a Marine yet ;in a few years though haha

  • danpowers
  • Max

    ‘Murica.

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