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90 at 90 : Nutrition is key

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  • By Airman 1st Class Mariah Haddenham
  • 36th Wing Public Affairs
Team Andersen is working toward the goal of 90 at 90 and though physical fitness is key, nutrition is the foundation of results and living a healthy lifestyle.
" The top nutrition mistakes that I see in servicemembers would be the consumption of too many processed 'convenience' foods and living a busy lifestyle doesn't leave time during the day to carefully plan what we will eat," said Tech. Sgt. Autumn Bradford, 36th Wing Medical Group certified dietary therapist.

Physical exercise is important for muscle and strength improvement, but a healthy diet helps to support the body's energy source. Additionally, a healthy diet is important for muscle replenishment after physical activity.

"Optimal performance comes from a healthy diet," said Sergeant Bradford. "Most Americans only eat one fruit or vegetable a day, when really they should be eating upwards of five servings."

Incorporating "super foods" like nuts, fruits and vegetables can greatly impact results from diet and exercise.

Along with eating proper servings of fruits and vegetables, servicemembers would benefit from eliminating sugary, caffeinated beverages.

"Avoiding all energy drinks, soda and limiting the drinking of juice will help the body stay more hydrated, the body is 75 percent water," said Sergeant Bradford. "To maintain that 75 percent, it's recommended to drink half your body weight in ounces of water."

Keeping nutrition at the forefront of fitness is a great way to keep servicemembers healthy and working towards the mission and goal of 90 at 90.

"Nutrition has everything to do with fitness," said Staff Sgt. Xavier Reyes, 36th Medical Group Squadron public health technician. "Nutrition is fuel for fitness."

Pairing nutrition and fitness cohesively will make for better results and keep the percentage of service members scoring above 90 on their physical training test rising.

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