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Maintaining a healthy weight is important for military members to stay fit to fight. Rising BMI rates may affect individual health, mission
The national average for obese body mass index based off of data collected from 2011-2014 is estimated at 36.5 percent compared to 30.5 percent between 1999-2000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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U.S. Army Spc. Matthew Roverso, U.S. Army Central geospatial engineer, puts Sgt. Brandon McClintick, U.S. ARCENT combatives instructor, in a headlock at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Feb. 7, 2017. The classes offered at the Combatives House can provide physical and mental health benefits such as increased strength, flexibility and stress relief. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney) Combatives House offers physical, mental benefits
Five minutes is all that is on the clock at the Combatives House. Two people rush at each other, trying every trick in the book to knock the other to the ground. One is thrown to his back, cushioned by the blue mat underneath. The two continue to struggle for power, trying out different locks and trying to gain the upper hand, or foot, on the other. The fight is intense, but it is only practice.
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