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Strengthening the Forces (STF) Health Promotion

Strengthening the Forces (STF) is a Health Promotion program designed to assist Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members, their families, and DND and NPF employee's to take control of their health and well being. Maintaining a high level of health improves ones ability to perfom effectively and safely on CAF operations, and enjoy a high quality of life. Certain programs are open to families and other members of the Defence Team.

The CAF's STF Health Promotion program includes four Core Program Areas:
  • Addictions Awareness and Prevention
  • Injury Prevention and Active Living
  • Nutritional Wellness
  • Social Wellness
Addictions Awareness and Prevention

Freedom from addiction to, or misuse of tobacco, alcohol, other drugs and gambling is a healthy lifestyle which includes effective coping, lifelong learning, positive social interactions, spirituality, balancing work and family, and supportive environmental conditions and organizational policies. From a HP perspective, the CAF will support efforts to eliminate addictions and enhance health.

Injury Prevention and Active Living

"Injury Prevention" and "Active Living" will focus on encouraging CAF members to maintain a healthy level of physical activity, and providing guidelines to prevent overuse or repetitive strain, sports, or exercise-related injuries, and to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses such as osteoporosis. It is acknowledged that injury prevention strategies address a combination of environmental, social and individual factors.

Nutritional Wellness

Includes a  healthy diet, weight management, nutrition for action, nutrition for special needs (i.e. athletes, pregnancy) heart health and diabetes prevention. Nutritional wellness in the CAF involves providing the knowledge and environment to facilitate the ability of CAF members to make nutritional choices appropriate to their stage of life, activity level and overall health.

Social Wellness

Is a concept integral to overall HP and focuses on stress management, managing angry moments, mental fitness and suicide prevention, healthy relationships, domestic violence prevention, spirituality, healthy workplaces and healthy families. Social Wellness in the CAF acknowledges the role that communities and families play in enhancing the health of individuals.

Health Promotion Courses/Workshops
  • Alcohol, Other Drugs, Gambling and Gaming Awareness (AODGGA) Addiction Education for Supervisors.
  • Mental Fitness and Suicide Prevention (MFSA)
  • Butt-Out
  • Weight Wellness (WW)
  • Top Fuel for Top Performance (TFTP)
  • Injury Prevention & Active Living (IP & AL)
  • Stress: Take Charge!! (STC)
  • Managing Angry Moments (MAM)
  • Inter-Comm: Improve Communication in Personal Relationships.
For more information or to register, please contact Health Promotion at 780-840-8000 extension 6958.