Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G1
DAPE-CPZ 09 AUG 2010


MEMORANDUM FOR SEE DISTRIBUTION

SUBJECT: First Annual Department of Defense (DoD) Fitness Challenge



  1. I am pleased to announce the first annual "Leap Into Fall" DoD Fitness Challenge which will take place 16 August through 31 October 2010. This fitness challenge supports the Deputy Secretary of Defense initiative to improve employee wellness, satisfaction and engagement. It also supports the Department of the Army Wellness Vision which encourages healthy activities to foster positive lifestyle changes, resulting in improved employee productivity, morale and healthcare costs savings for the Army. DoD's goal for "Leap Into Fall" is 1,500,000 hours of physical activity over the ten week period. The Army will participate as one team. Components may register their own groups under 'Team Army'.
  2. The challenge is simple. Individuals, or groups of individuals, are encouraged to increase their physical activity over the time period, health permitting. Time spent engaged in physical activity will be logged onto the President's Challenge Website at http://www.presidentschallenge.org, an online interactive tracking log. Individuals who log in at least 25 hours of physical activity or groups whose member's average at least 25 hours over the three-month period will receive a certificate of achievement. The top three groups and the top three individuals will be recognized and their names posted on the DoD Wellness Website.
  3. Generally, employees are expected to participate in the Fitness Challenge on their own time. However, there may be situations when employees can be excused from their duties to exercise without loss of pay or charge to annual leave, contingent on command/installation policy regarding excused absence for fitness IAW AR 600-63, Army Health Promotion. Mission requirements must always be considered prior to excusal from official duties. To the extent this initiative impacts bargaining unit employees' conditions of employment, activities are reminded to meet their statutory labor relations obligations in its implementation.
  4. I encourage commands to promote this Fitness Challenge and become an Army Wellness Champions.
  5. My point of contact is Ms. Debbie Sanders, AG-1 CP Wellness Program Coordinator, (703) 325-1335; DSN 221-1335, or email Deborah.Sanders@us.army.mil .




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SUSAN DUNCAN                             
Assistant G-1 for Civilian Personnel



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ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT TO THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY

COMMANDER
U.S. ARMY FORCES COMMAND
U.S. ARMY TRAINING AND DOCTRINE COMMAND
U.S. ARMY MATERIEL COMMAND
U.S. ARMY EUROPE
U.S. ARMY CENTRAL
U.S. ARMY NORTH
U.S. ARMY SOUTH
U.S. ARMY PACIFIC
U.S. ARMY AFRICA
U.S. ARMY SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND
MILITARY SURFACE DEPLOYMENT AND DISTRIBUTION COMMAND
U.S. ARMY SPACE AND MISSILE DEFENSE COMMAND/ARMY FORCES STRATEGIC COMMAND
EIGHTH ARMY
U.S. ARMY NETWORK AND ENTERPRISE TECHNOLOGY COMMAND/9TH SIGNAL COMMAND (ARMY)
U.S. ARMY MEDICAL COMMAND
U.S. ARMY INTELLIGENCE AND SECURITY COMMAND
U.S. ARMY CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION COMMAND
U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
U.S. ARMY MILITARY DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON
U.S. ARMY TEST AND EVALUATION COMMAND
U.S. ARMY RESERVE COMMAND
U.S. ARMY INSTALLATION MANAGEMENT COMMAND
SUPERINTENDENT, U.S. MILITARY ACADEMY
DIRECTOR, U.S. ARMY ACQUISITION SUPPORT CENTER

CF:
DIRECTOR, CIVILIAN HUMAN RESOURCES AGENCY
DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF FOR INTELLIGENCE, ATTN: DAMI-CP
OFFICE, ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE ARMY (MANPOWER AND RESERVE AFFAIRS), ATTN: SAMR-CQ
OFFICE OF THE GENERAL COUNSEL, ATTN: SAGC (MS. JOHNSON)
OFFICE OF THE JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL, ATTN: DAJA-LE (MS. NUGENT)