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Changing the uniform: Military Expectations and Motivatioin by Command Health Intervention in the United States Air Force
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

It has been an established fact that most individuals desire to live a healthy life that will enable them accomplish their goals. Employers, likewise, aim to have employees who are not just healthy and fit but hardworking as well. The U.S. Military, for one, is a critical employer considering that the nature of the soldiers’ job requires health and fitness that is exceptional for them to be able to protect the national security through military readiness and personal survival. Thus the organization’s health and fitness program provides trainings for the new recruits; maintenance for those who have been in the service for a time; and a special education program for those who have veered away from their healthy lifestyles.

This study aims to focus on lifestyle changes in the US Air Force by attempting to answer the following questions: Is it effective and what motivates employees to change their lifestyle? From an educational perspective, was the education provided effective in achieving employee understanding of the material and did that understanding translate into effective healthy lifestyle changes? What is the outcome when the motivation is a personal choice or a mandatory command?

Respondents of the study were six US Air Force employees stationed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam in Oahu, Hawaii United States and who have participated in the health care intervention program referenced in this paper. The results are based on a qualitative phenomenological study from semi-structured interviews. From the data gathered, the study showed that health interventions can for some people be successful as indicated by the respondents’ responses which showed that they all had made changes towards a healthier life style. Consequent positives were improvements in self-esteem and mood as well as improved results on fitness tests. On the other hand, for those who entered the intervention due to medical reasons, their participation and lifestyle changes greatly decreased their cholesterol levels as well as their over-all health and well-being.

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Intervention, Motivation, The repeutic Lifestyle Changes, Physical activity
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Social Sciences Pedagogy
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-84710OAI: diva2:694408
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Available from: 2014-02-06 Created: 2014-01-17 Last updated: 2014-10-28Bibliographically approved

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