The mission of OSU Tactical Fitness and Nutrition Lab is to improve the health, fitness, and occupational performance of tactical athletes (i.e., firefighters, law enforcement officers, military personnel) through research, teaching, and outreach. Basically, we serve those who serve us. Little do many realize that obesity, heart disease, and cancer kill more first responders than among the general population and that these are the leading killers of firefighters in the line of duty. Some of that is due to the nature of their job, but studies show the majority of deaths could be prevented by public health fitness and nutrition interventions. We do just that.
Tactical populations are not only our community heroes, but also my family and closest friends. I am a family member to numerous firefighters, law enforcement officers, and military personnel, as well as an active duty Army wife for 9 years before we moved to OSU. They have all changed my world, so it's my turn to change theirs!
Student research projects in our lab serve local, state, and national tactical populations. Some recent projects include creating a 16-week nutrition education program and a 16-week basic cooking skills program for OSU ROTC, investigating the connection between dietary quality and mental health status of wild land firefighters, documenting the fire station food environment and creating a program to ensure the environment supports healthy habits, performing screenings on and designing physical training programs for local first responders and ROTC cadets, and creating an online 12-week wellness challenge program (the Fittest Force Challenge), to name a few. Funding will go to continuing to create programs to serve, and even save, those who serve us.
How You Can Help?
Your donation makes more of these projects possible. By supporting these projects, you are not only serving our community heroes, but also providing invaluable learning opportunities for future health professionals (doctors, PAs, dietitians, strength and conditioning coaches, to name a few). We plan to divide the funds raised among graduate and undergraduate researchers in our lab to complete as many projects with tactical populations in the Stillwater and Central/ North Central OK region as possible.
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