CF Health and Physical Fitness Strategy
The health and physical fitness of our sailors, soldiers, airmen and airwomen are essential and critical components of operational readiness. Military personnel must possess a higher degree of health and fitness than the general Canadian population to function in complex and demanding environments where strength and endurance could be the difference between success and failure of an operation. Put simply, our personnel must be healthy, physically fit, employable and deployable.
It is the responsibility of Canadian Forces (CF) to develop and sustain a strong, healthy and fit CF. This begins with leaders who are fully committed to a “culture of health and physical fitness”, where people take their health seriously and choose a lifestyle dedicated to eating well, engaging in regular physical fitness activities, maintaining a healthy weight and living an addiction free lifestyle.
“A fit and healthy force is an essential enabler in the development and maintenance of a strong and capable cadre of sailors, soldiers, airmen and airwomen, who will be successful in operations at home and abroad”.
“General population trends in health and physical fitness levels may have a profound effect on the CF and its ability to perform its mandate”.