Home' Air Force News : October 27th 2011 Contents THIRTY minutes of physi-
cal activity each day is
the key to staying in
shape -- all it takes is a
commitment to creating healthy
habits such as walking, cycling or
jogging instead of driving.
Would you like to know another
secret? Don't think of physical fit-
ness as a chore.
Choose an activity you enjoy
because then you're more likely to
continue doing it. In the long run,
tackling your weight problems will
not only benefit you but also your
family and ADF career.
According to Joint Health
Command's Director of Military
Medicine, GPCAPT Graeme Peel,
the prevalence of obesity in the
ADF has remained a health issue.
In response to this, a new pilot
program, conducted in conjunction
with Weight Watchers, is being tri-
alled at three Sydney-based Defence
GPCAPT Peel said the pro-
gram's impact on the ongoing health
management of ADF members was
"Preliminary indications are that
members are finding the Weight
Watchers service effective in man-
aging a healthy diet," he said.
A Defence member is classified
as obese if their Body Mass Index
(BMI) exceeds 30.
Once a member is deemed obese
they receive support and counselling
on physical activity, diet and other
lifestyle modifications from ADF
and contracted health staff.
However, GPCAPT Peel said
the classification system -- with
ratings of 'underweight' (<18.5),
'normal' (18.5-24.9), 'overweight'
(25.0-29.9), 'obese' (30.0-34.9), and
'extreme obesity' (>40) -- did not
completely reflect individual fitness
He said the BMI classification
was actually designed to indicate
the risk of disease.
"Some ADF members are only
technically obese, that is, while
they exceed a BMI of 30, they have
significant muscle bulk as opposed
"Changes to Defence health
policy and guidance are under way
to reflect the need to enhance the
measurement of body fat to better
target those members who need
greater support from Defence to
reduce their weight.
"Members are referred to a dieti-
cian to provide further specialist
assessment and management."
For selected members, weight
control medication may also be pre-
scribed under the supervision of a
"Physical conditioning pro-
grams are tailored to the member's
requirements and their progress is
monitored," he said.
"The member's unit must also
ensure time is made available dur-
ing the duty day for the member to
For more information on the support
Defence offers its members in relation
to obesity refer to Health Directive No
206, Amendment No 4 on the DRN
October 27, 2011
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Take the right steps
Making a habit of doing extra physical activity
will not just help you, but also help the ADF get
into shape. CPL Melanie Schinkel reports.
EASY STEPS TO HEALTHY HABITS
ACCORDING to the Department
of Health and Ageing, Australian
adults can implement four simple
steps to achieve better health.
Step 1: Any form of movement
should be seen as a chance to
improve your health, not as a time-
Step 2: Be active every day in
as many ways as you can. Make a
habit of walking or cycling instead of
using the car, or doing things your-
self instead of using labour-saving
Step 3: Put together at least 30
minutes of moderate-intensity physi-
cal activity on most, preferably all,
days. Accumulate your 30 minutes
(or more) throughout the day by
combining a few shorter sessions of
activity of around 10 to 15 minutes
Step 4: If you can, also enjoy
some regular, vigorous activity for
extra health and fitness. This step
does not replace steps one to three,
rather it adds an extra level for those
who are able and wish to achieve
greater health and fitness benefits.
For more information on how to
maintain a healthy weight, visit
PEOPLE believe flattery will get you everywhere, well, in
my case it has put an extra spring in my step.
I have recently been approached by numerous
members who I had never met before, and they compli-
mented me on my achievements.
mentioned that he was following the campaign.
He said the 'Join Bill Campaign' had inspired him to
It was great to actually meet
one of the many members of
the campaign and to see the
results they have achieved.
Many have provided me
with training tips, weight-loss
ideas, and general information
For example, a member
recently informed me he was cutting out all sugar from
his diet. He had researched the concept and, after two
weeks, was already losing weight.
The consensus on training is you need to have a car-
dio element in your routine. You need to get your heart
rate up to the fat burning zone.
As we come into the last few weeks of the campaign,
I encourage members undertaking their own weight-loss
campaigns to send emails letting me know how you are
We hope to publish readers' comments in the next
couple of editions of the newspaper.
I still have a long way to go, but my motivation has
received a kick along and the journey continues.
Email Bill at vasilis.solomou@defence news.gov.au
Bill blogs on ... a
flood of support
GO THE EXTRA
MILE: Choose a daily
activity that you are
going to enjoy, like
walking, running or
riding, rather than
heavy exercise that
will become a chore.
Photo: LAC Bill Solomou
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