food and exercise

Core Programs

Social Wellness

Social Wellness is vital to good health, and these programs provide tools and training to all CAF personnel to develop and enhance skills in stress management; healthy relationships; mental fitness and suicide awareness; and problem solving, conflict resolution and non-violent management of disputes.

Inter-Personal Communication (Inter-Comm)
A course specifically designed for Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel and their families. The course is intended to increase capacity to manage conflict, nurture collaboration and communicate effectively. The course is led by facilitators from both the Military Family Resource Centre and Health Promotion.
Managing Angry Moments (MAM)
MAM is an interactive program designed to help increase personal performance by identifying successful coping strategies in anger–generating situations and provide opportunities to learn and practice new skills. Discussions focus on understanding anger; identifying personal triggers; managing conflict with others; identifying and practicing strategies that work for you, and learning how to manage your response for the long-term.
Mental Fitness & Suicide Awareness Supervisor Training (MFSA)
This course is MITE coded. The purpose of MFSA is to prepare personnel in supervisor roles to promote mental fitness and to lessen the incidence of mental health injuries including deliberate self-harm and suicide, within the military community. Participants will discuss Mental Fitness and learn an early suicide intervention model. Although this is a supervisor course, the course is open and appropriate for all ranks, adult family members and NPF/DND Civilian Employees.
Stress: Take Charge! (STC)
This interactive program offers an effective, skills-based approach to managing stress. Through self-awareness, behaviour change and skill building, participants will examine stress within their lives and learn about the stress response. Various relaxation/stress management techniques and strategies will be explored and practiced.
Respect in the CAF Workshop (RitCAF)
This one day interactive workshop is intended to promote and build a respectful climate and culture within the Canadian Armed Forces. Through awareness and understanding, this workshop aims to empower CAF members to take a stand against Sexual Misconduct. Through discussion, scenarios, and small group practical activities, CAF members will develop and practice skills to recognize, respond, prevent and support those affected by sexual misconduct. 

Addiction Awareness and Prevention

An addiction-free lifestyle does not compromise health and performance with behaviours such as alcohol abuse, tobacco and illicit drug use, and problem gambling.  STF offers training to set limits and build coping skills for managing daily stress, leading to the adoption of an addiction-free lifestyle that may result in the improved psychological and physical resiliency fundamental to operational effectiveness.

Alcohol, Other Drugs, Gambling and Gaming Supervisor Training (AODGG)
All military supervisors are required to take this course at some point in their career; it is MITE coded. Supervisors will learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of addiction and, through practice, apply the DND policies around alcohol, other drugs, gambling and gaming. Supervisors will be given an opportunity to develop and practice strategies to promote an addiction free work environment. (Rank level of MCpl or above)
Butt Out Program
We know for most people quitting tobacco is not easy. Butt Out can help! CAF personnel who need support can participate in the 12 week Butt Out program with trained Health Promotion staff and Health Care personnel. Begin your journey to a tobacco free lifestyle.

Nutritional Wellness

Healthy nutrition maintains body weight, helps prevent illness, and supports excellence in physical and mental performance.  At home, or deployed, military personnel must consume nutritious foods and beverages to meet the physical and mental demands of duty.

Top Fuel for Top Performance (TFTP)
Are you looking to fine tune your eating and activity habits? Would you like to know how supplements can impact your physical performance? Are you eating enough to fuel your activity? TFTP offers participants an opportunity to determine their personal energy requirement and learn new tips on how to maximize their overall physical performance. This interactive workshop includes education on Everyday Eating, Fueling for Training and Recovery, Nutrient Timing and Hydration Before, During & After Physical Activity, Body Composition and Weight Issues and Sports Supplements.
Weight Wellness Lifestyle Program (WWLP)
The WWLP is based on Canada’s Food Guide. It is designed to give participants the opportunity to learn realistic ways to lose weight and keep it off. Participants will learn to adjust portion sizes, understand and interpret nutrition labels and restaurant menus, along with developing a physical activity plan to boost their metabolism. Participants will get the lowdown on healthy meal planning and snacks and how to manage hunger and food cravings. 

Injury Prevention and Active Living

Acute and repetitive-strain injuries have a significant negative impact on operational readiness in the CAF. Research indicates that more than 50 percent of these injuries occur during sports and physical training activities. STF and Defence Team stakeholders have identified strategies the CAF could use to reduce the frequency and severity of sports and physical training injuries.

Injury Reduction Strategies for Sports & Physical Activity (IRS)
IRS aims to provide scientific based evidence about injuries in the CAF at both a National and Local level. This workshop, provides a practical component for participants to apply a variety of injury-reducing strategies for both their personal fitness and Unit PT. Discover why more people may be risking injury when they are exercising and learn a few simple strategies you can implement to help prevent injuries.

**All programs and services are free of charge.  Priority is given to military personnel, retired military personnel and their spouses. Civilian employees are eligible if space permits.