Volume 2 Issue 2
Special points of interest:
• Holiday Nutrition
• Holiday Stress
• From the H4H
• HOOAH Humor Holiday Nutrition and Fitness
• Downloadable/ Nutritious and Delicious Holiday Season
Printable Holiday Excerpted from an article by CPT Sarah Flash, ACES, Registered Dietitian
Postcards The holiday season brings a cornucopia of delicious cuisine and it’s everywhere...family
• “No Bake” gatherings, office parties, military functions, and at home. And, you are gearing up to starve
Holiday Cookie yourself so you can enjoy all your favorites. Don’t fret...traditional holiday treats can fit into a
Recipe healthful eating plan. The secret is to be sensible and flexible with your choices, balance what you
eat with other meals, watch portion sizes and get moving. Exercise remains vital to health and
• Holiday Safety on fitness all year long.
Take the worry out of eating by cutting back on fat and calories without sacrificing taste. It’s easy!
• About HOOAH 4 Fat is out, flavor is in. Packing nutrient dense fruit purees into baked goods and other menu items
HEALTH is one way to get more flavor and less fat. Fruit purees have many of the same properties as fat in
• Editors’ Message recipes. By replacing the fat with fruit purees, the result is a moist, flavorful product, which is
Board lower in fat and calories and offers slightly more nutritional value.
For the entire article, and a Fat-Free recipe for Cranberry Pumpkin Bread, click on the link below:
The Skinny on the LEAN Weight Management and Fitness Program
Packing on a few extra pounds may seem perfectly acceptable to most of us, but to a Soldier it
may mean failing the next Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT.) In the Army alone, over 1,200
soldiers are discharged every year for not being able to comply with weight standards. Lieutenant
Colonel Larry James, Ph.D., a psychologist at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu,
BODY BY HOOAH recognized the complexities of weight control in 1995. Through consultations with experts in the
Holiday Nutrition and Fitness fields of nutrition, exercise, and psychology, he developed a healthy strategy to win the war
against unwanted weight gain. The LEAN (Lifestyle, Expectations/Exercise/Emotions, Attitude,
Nutrition) program has helped over 500 soldiers lose unwanted pounds in a concentrated two-
Inside this issue: week "get healthy" regimen. Since the inception of the 2-week program over 500 enrollees have
experienced on the average a 5 pound weight loss for females and a 10 pound weight loss for
BODY 1 males. Weekly group sessions reinforce the initial training and motivation to keep the weight off,
or to lose more weight.
MIND 2 Program participants found the following tips helpful in sticking with the LEAN program:
HOOAH Humor 2 Create a strong support group.
Count each and every calorie.
ENVIRONMENT 4 Think twice before you make a meal/snack choice.
Do not skip meals.
About HOOAH 4 5
HEALTH Create moderate, everyday exercises, such as stair climbing and yard work.
Concentrate on how your body feels as weight drops, looking good is an
Editors’ 5 added perk.
For the entire article, and helpful tips for weight control, click on the link below:
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Exercise Away Holiday Stress
Excerpted from an article by CPT Sarah Flash, ACES, Registered Dietitian
The holiday season can result in added stress due to time crunches and
demanding schedules. In addition to the usual routine, now there is
MIND MATTERS additional shopping, baking, and holiday parties. To make more time, you
Holiday Stress may be tempted to cut exercise from your routine. Don’t make this terrible mistake! Physical
activity can help relieve the stress of the holidays, not to mention exercising away all those
calories in holiday goodies. Shoot for thirty minutes of aerobic activity most days of the week in
addition to muscle strengthening and flexibility exercises. Use those thirty minutes to recharge
your spirits and organize what you need to do. Choose physical activities that you love to do and
include your family in the activities. Get your kids into the act early – and they will enjoy a
lifetime of fitness and fun! How about this holiday gift idea – give a gym bag packed with
Tri-Service Combat exercise gear such as water bottle, clothes, videos or other pertinent items.
In addition to keeping activity in your routine, remember to stay hydrated. With the colder
This website provides weather, you lose water as your body works to stay warm, so include plenty of water-based
information about the fluids – eight to twelve cups per day. Remember alcohol and caffeine-containing beverages like
11th Annual Tri-Service Combat coffee can be dehydrating and are not as effective for hydrating.
Stress Conference 2 May
through 8 May 2003 at the San Eating patterns are also important. During periods of stress,
Luis Rey Officers Club, Camp some people will eat less, some may eat more, and others
Pendleton, CA. may turn to alcohol or subsist on coffee. Each scenario can
presented by the U.S Army cause an imbalance of neurotransmitters resulting in mind
63rd Regional Support
Command. The annual and body that looks, feels, and reacts poorly. Timing of
conference is sponsored by meals is important. Skipping meals exhausts glucose
the Association of Military reserves leaving your brain and body with an energy deficit.
Surgeons of the Eating every 4-6 hours refuels your mind and body and
United States (AMSUS). replenishes those glycogen stores. Choose carbohydrate snacks like pretzels, bagels, fruits,
vegetables, yogurt, crackers or cereal to meet your nutritional demands between meals.
mind/bfatigue.htm Have you ever gotten sick while under a lot of stress? Stress reduces the ability to fight colds,
infections, and disease, leaving your body vulnerable to attack. Eating a diet with plenty of fruits,
vegetables, and whole grains is protective against the harmful affects of stress. Antioxidants and
phytochemicals are substances found naturally in plant foods that can boost immune function and
reduce the risk of disease. Some good food sources of antioxidants and phytochemicals include
broccoli, tomatoes, carrots, spinach, greens, peppers, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, pumpkin,
apricots and soy. Keep fruits and vegetables readily accessible and grab some for the road!
For the entire article, click on the link below:
From the H4H Mailbag
(Used with permission from KCelticWarrior, Kelly B. Lynn)
Sent: Monday, September 23, 2002 10:47 AM
HOOAH HUMOR Hi:
Subject: Where were you guys?
The 4 Stages of Life:
1. You believe in Santa As a former member of the Army National Guard, I had to write and tell you what a fantastic
Claus. (web) site you have developed. My only question is, where were you all when I went through
Basic Training in 1987? What I wouldn't have done to have a site like yours back then. (It) would
2. You don't believe in
have made Basic a lot easier. I would have had all of this great information available and not
gone in cold.
3. You are Santa Claus.
4. You look like Santa Hopefully the Army's recruiters are using this site and encouraging the potential soldiers to use it
Claus. and follow the advice. Great information you all have and keep up the good work.
- Anonymous Drive on!
Kelly B. Lynn
Do you have a comment/critique for us? If so, email
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Downloadable/Printable Holiday Postcards
Download these festive cards here:
"No-Bake" Holiday Cookie Recipe
Remember this old favorite? Great for kids, too.
Cornflake Wreath Cookies
1/2 cup butter 1 tsp green food color
3 cups miniature marshmallows 4 cups corn flakes
1/2 tsp almond extract red hot candies
1/2 tsp vanilla extract silver dragées
1. Melt butter, add marshmallows, stirring until all marshmallows are melted.
2. Add extracts and food coloring; stir until it is a uniform green color.
3. When mixture is smooth, add corn flakes; mix well but gently so as not to crush the
4. Form into wreath shapes on sheets of waxed paper, decorate with red cinnamon candies
and silver dragées. Let cool.
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Holiday Safety on Many Fronts
COOK meat, poultry and eggs thoroughly. Using a thermometer to measure the internal
temperature of meat is a good way to be sure that it is cooked sufficiently to kill bacteria. For
example, ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160o F. Eggs should be
cooked until the yolk is firm.
Environment SEPARATE: Don't cross-contaminate one food with another.
Holiday Safety on Many Fronts Avoid cross-contaminating foods by washing hands, utensils,
and cutting boards after they have been in contact with raw meat
or poultry and before they touch another food.
CHILL: Refrigerate leftovers promptly. Bacteria can grow
quickly at room temperature, so refrigerate leftover foods if they
are not going to be eaten within 4 hours.
CLEAN: Wash produce. Rinse fresh fruits and vegetables in running tap water to remove
visible dirt and grime. Because bacteria can grow well on the cut surface of fruit or vegetable,
be careful not to contaminate these foods while slicing them up on the cutting board, and avoid
leaving cut produce at room temperature for many hours. Wash your hands with soap and
water before preparing food.
For the entire article on food safety, click on the link below:
Deck the halls...safely
Place Christmas trees and other greenery away from fireplaces and radiators. Keep tree
stands filled with water—dried out Christmas trees are a fire hazard.
Check each set of tree lights for frayed wires, broken bulbs, and loose connections. Throw
away damaged sets. Never string more than three sets of lights on an extension cord.
Turn lights off when you go to bed or leave the house.
Place lit menorahs and other candles away from decorations and drapes. Place candles out of
children's reach and where pets can't knock them over. Blow out all candles before going to
bed or leaving the house.
Holiday If you have small children, avoid sharp or breakable decorations. Keep tinsel and other
Air Travel Rules and small trimmings out of children's reach. Avoid using decorations that look like candy or food—
Regulations: they may tempt a child to eat them.
Keep holiday plants away from children and pets. Mistletoe, holly berries, and Christmas
cactus are poisonous if swallowed.
For the entire article on holiday safety, click on the link below:
Keep all toys with small parts away from your young child until she
learns not to put them in her mouth, usually by about the age of 5 years.
Do not allow your child to play with a toy that was intended for an older
child. Watch older children too, as they might put things in a smaller
Keep uninflated and broken balloons away from children of all ages,
as they are a serious choking hazard. When a child tries to inflate a
balloon, he can easily inhale it. Also, never allow a child to place an
inflated balloon in his mouth.
Stop reckless or improper play. Make sure your child never plays with toys near stairs,
traffic, or swimming pools.
For the entire article on toy safety, click on the link below:
Holiday Indoor Outdoor Safety – Click on the link below:
What is HOOAH 4 HEALTH?
HOOAH 4 HEALTH (H4H) is a web-based health promotion and prevention program developed to
respond to the needs of the U.S. Army Reserve Components. The site was launched in May 2000
and since then over 18.5 million hits have been recorded. The users of www.hooah4health.com
include not only Reserve Component citizen-soldiers and active Army personnel, but also their
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co-workers and families. Also, many users are elementary school children, and requests to link to
Your Address Line 3 this innovative U.S. Army web site originate from around the world. The vision and
Your Address Line 4 implementation of the Army Well-Being Strategic Plan is captured throughout the modules on the
site. Body, mind, spirit, environment, prevention, change, family and lifestyle are the primary
Phone: 555-555-5555 wellness topics contained in a user-friendly environment.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org This is the fifth issue of the HOOAH 4 HEALTH newsletter. It has been developed and designed so
any user can customize it to enhance or augment their DOD health promotion or prevention
PRODUCTION STAFF program. Just insert a tailored organization logo at the top left-hand corner. The editors invite you
to visit the H4H web site (www.hooah4health.com) regularly and use the quarterly newsletter. A
Ann Stark, message board is available on the site. All comments and contributions are welcomed. HOOAH!
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HOOAH 4 HEALTH SPECIAL ADVISORS* 2001-2002
Mrs. Liz Plewes, U.S. Army Reserve
Mrs. Barbara Schultz, US Army National Guard
COL Fred Gerber, Director, Health Care Operations, OTSG LTC Mary Sherman, RC Medical Policy for HQDA, G1
COL (P) Deborah Wheeling, Chief, Clinical Services, US Army Ms. Judith Harris, BSN, MA, USA CHPPM
LTC Donald Donahue, Medical Operations, Officer, OCAR Mr. Phil Perkins, MS, MPH, Battelle
LTC Penny Replogle, Deputy Chief, Medical Affairs, OCAR Mr. John McGowen, Health Affairs Consultant, US
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