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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Norwich hosts Army general to discuss an Army program aimed at holistic health

For Immediate Release
Feb. 22, 2011

Contact: Daphne Larkin
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Norwich University’s Department of Psychology and NU’s Army ROTC Program will host Brigadier General Rhonda Cornum, US Army, Ph.D., M.D., the Director of Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF) for the Army, to discuss the US Army’s health program on Monday, Feb. 28 from 8-9:30 p.m. in Milano Ballroom, located in Crawford Hall.

According to the Army’s CSF website: “This effort began in 2008 under the leadership of Brig. Gen. Rhonda L. Cornum. CSF is a holistic program designed to give all members of the Army community the knowledge, thinking skills, and behaviors that will optimize the ability and likelihood to ‘thrive’ in their lives, as well as their ability to successfully cope with life's challenges and adversity.”

CSF is based on over 30 years of scientific study and results, uses individual assessments, tailored virtual training, classroom training and embedded resilience experts to provide the critical skills soldiers, family members and Army civilians need.

CSF marks a new era for the Army by comprehensively equipping and training soldiers, family members and Army civilians to maximize their potential and face the physical and psychological challenges of sustained operations.
According to the Army website: “We are committed to a true prevention model, aimed at the entire force, which will enhance resilience and coping skills enabling them to grow and thrive in today's Army.”

The program focuses on “improved Soldier performance and readiness,” and is designed to “build confidence to lead, courage to stand up for one's beliefs and compassion to help others.”

Earlier this month the Army announced its millionth soldier entering into the program by completing the "Global Assessment Tool" (GAT), an online survey which serves as an entry point into CSF and one of the four pillars of the program.

“BG Cornum is a highly decorated combat veteran who has served our nation since 1978. We are honored to host her and to do our part to spread awareness of this important effort,” said Colonel (US Army, Retired) Michael B. Kelley, vice president for student affairs and Commandant of Cadets. “Comprehensive Soldier Fitness has lessons for all of us as we work to build resiliency in ourselves, our families, and our university community.”

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