February '18

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6 | THE TEAM SALES REPORT 2018 While provocative and attention grab- bing, the conversation is now shifting from the 'byproduct' to the 'cause' of America's physical inactivity crisis. As a result of current circumstances, PHIT America, SFIA, and the U.S. Army are sounding the alarm. Unless America changes the declin- ing fitness and levels of physical activity among its youth, there will not be enough qualified recruits for all the branches of the U.S. military. "A lack of physical activity amongst to- day's youth does cause significant chal- lenges for the U.S. Army. Only 29 percent of youth meet the qualifications to join the military, and obesity is the leading disquali- fier," says Major General Jeffrey Snow, com- manding general of U.S. Army Recruiting Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky. "Poor diet and a lack of physical activity can lead to injuries and other health issues that can take a soldier away from his/her duties." Recruits and soldiers who are not physi- cally fit are costing the taxpayers a great deal of money every year. "The military spends more than $1.5 billion annually treating obesity-related health conditions and replacing those discharged because they are unfit," says Major General (Ret.) Mike Repass, a member of Mission: Read- iness and former Commanding General of U.S. Army Special Forces Command. "It takes years, not months, to build a strong, healthy body and the foundation for good fitness is laid in childhood and young adulthood." THE INACTIVITY EPIDEMIC Sadly, only 29 percent of youth reportedly meet the qualifications to join the U.S. military. According to new statistics, more than 27 percent of Americans do not participate in and of the 118 sports covered by the Physical Activity Council (PAC).

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