Warrior Health and Fitness
Since 2001, more than 2.6 million men and women have been deployed in support of our nation’s conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Of those who have served, an estimated one in three will experience an Invisible Wound of War such as post-traumatic stress or traumatic brain injury, the signature wounds of these wars. Suicide rates among Army and Marine Corps personnel are double the national average. Sleep disturbances, uncontrollable anger, hyper vigilance, and chronic physical and mental health disorders known to be tied to stress are seen more frequently in returning soldiers.
Given these circumstances, it is not surprising that Veterans returning home struggle to maintain a healthy and physically fit lifestyle. In addition, perhaps one of the greatest challenges is that a significant percentage of Veterans do not seek the appropriate level of care to support both their physical and mental health needs.
Home Base’s Warrior Health and Fitness Program was developed to address these issues. Warrior Health and Fitness, which currently operates in Boston, MA and in Southwest Florida leads up to 60 Service Members and Veterans per session through a FREE 6-month program designed to improve their physical health and well-being through:
- Supervised physical training in a comfortable setting
- Education about healthy eating, living, sleep hygiene and the benefits of physical health
- Techniques to help alleviate stress and manage anxiety
- Enable participants to form a new band of “brothers and sisters” through a shared experience designed around positive competition
It’s open to both men and women who are Veterans or Active Duty Service Members, in all branches the military, the National Guard and the Reserves. All able-bodied Veterans, including amputees, are eligible to participate and discharge status is not a factor.
The Warrior Health & Fitness Program combines the expertise and excellence of the Boston Red Sox, Massachusetts General Hospital Sports Medicine Department, Home Base, and leading collegiate exercise science programs at Northeastern University and Florida Gulf Coast University.