Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many have gained a renewed appreciation for the ability to have meaningful interactions with family, friends, and neighbors that engenders the feeling of belonging and closeness. That feeling, which can be described as “social connectedness,” has been recognized in academic literature as an important positive factor in health and well-being. The American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine states that “… there is significant evidence that social support and feeling connected can help people maintain a healthy body mass index, control blood sugars, improve cancer survival, decrease cardiovascular mortality, decrease depressive symptoms, mitigate posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms, and improve overall mental health.”
Within the Marine Corps, Semper Fit and Recreation offers a portfolio of programs that gives Marines the opportunity to forge deeper connections with their fellow Marines, family members, and the local community. Take advantage of the programs and resources available and begin connecting with your fellow Marines and neighbors.
See what your local Semper Fit office has to offer and find ways to promote social connectedness within your community.
Studies show that when we exercise with others, we are more likely to stick to a program and reap the benefits associated with physical training. Semper Fit fitness programs provide group training options for Marines and their families.
Military families face unique challenges from relocation to inconsistent medical care due to PCS, and lack of community which can all impact your child’s weight. Marine Corps Community Services offers programs at military installations to help parents combat the emotional, social, and physical impacts of military life from fitness and sports to recreational programs and camps.