CDS announces new Canadian Armed Forces’ Physical Performance Strategy

The Chief of the Defence Staff General Jonathan Vance launched the new Canadian Armed Forces’ Physical Performance Strategy – BALANCE this week. 

The strategy’s goal is to provide Canadian Armed Forces leaders with the tools to promote a culture of fitness and improve the physical performance of their members. 

All Canadian Armed Forces leaders are expected to create conditions that optimize physical performance, as well as model behaviour as outlined in the strategy.

The last Physical Fitness Strategy was released in 2008.

BALANCE focuses on the relationship between physical activity, performance nutrition, adequate sleep, and prevention of injury to reinvigorate the essential components of operational readiness and lifelong wellness. 

The strategy gives those in leadership and command positions the guidance and responsibility to assist their people in becoming fitter, healthier, and more operationally ready than ever before.

“I am extremely proud to announce the new Physical Performance Strategy – BALANCE. The strategy’s ultimate goal is to ensure every military member has the support, resources, and opportunities to maintain a balanced, healthy, active lifestyle that makes them ready for any Canadian Armed Forces operational requirement,” said Vance.

This new strategy reflects the Canadian Armed Forces’ renewed emphasis on the wellbeing of its people, as outlined in Canada’s Defence Policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged (SSE).

 Information and updates on the Physical Performance Strategy – BALANCE, are available on CAFconnection.ca.


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Paige LeClair

As a recent graduate from the St. Thomas University Journalism program, Paige has a passion for storytelling and investigative journalism. In 2016, she, along with her journalism team were awarded first place at the Emerge Media Awards in the multimedia category. The team was also a finalist at the Canadian Association of Journalist Awards. She is excited to work with other military spouses providing stories and information to the military community. Paige is newly married to Andrew, a Lineman, and moved to their first posting in Petawawa in May of this year. She is excited to begin this journey with Andrew, their dog Diablo, and cat, Linux

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