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Educators assist with Comprehensive Soldier Fitness course

Soldier fitness course includes mental health, personal finance and nutrition

The Minnesota Army National Guard requested educational assistance from Extension Family Development for their Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Course. The weeklong course identifies and changes lifestyle health behaviors and increases retention of soldiers who have weight and physical fitness challenges. Readiness for the National Guard’s state and federal mission begins with the readiness of individual soldiers. The course helps soldiers build physical, mental and spiritual readiness.

Five Extension educators provided virtual education via Zoom with 20 soldiers at the Jan. 3-9 course held in St. Peter:

Participants provided positive feedback on the sessions in their daily After Action Reports including:

  • “Good to hear about easy quick meals to cook up.“
  • “Great [preparing finances for a disaster] class for soldiers who have just begun their careers within the first couple of years.”
  • “Liked the mental well-being discussion throughout the class to relate with each other.”  

With positive feedback from the course coordinators and participants we anticipate collaborating on future events.

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