Importance of Dietary Habits for Military Personnel

Liāna Pļaviņa, Sandra Ģēģere

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Nutrition habits of cadets are basement for keeping health and physical preparedness stability, developing a military career. General obligation of each military person is to take care of his welfare and health, to follow to the hygiene standard and keep military readiness and physical fitness. Welfare includes also healthy, balanced and adapted to the physical load nutrition. According the legislation military person get daily financial support-compensation for daily food. There is individual
responsibility to choose food that is suitable and available, that favour physical fitness and increase health status. The aim of our study is to indicate the nutrition habits of cadets of National defence academy of Latvia. We have provided a questionnaire about food consumption of cadet’s groups in period from 2017 till 2018. The study data were processed by SPSS 22. Results reflect that cadets` general information level and understanding about importance of food consumption need to be improved. It is useful to organise the lectures course about the main principles of healthy nutrition adapted to physical load. The cadets need additional information about balanced diet. The recent research suggests that a significant percentage of cadets do not have adequate nutrition habits to physical activity level. We fixed problems (deficit of water consumption) before the sports activities. Balanced food consumption allows improving physical status and working capacities of cadets and correlating the
body mass index (BMI) value to Standard level. The correctly organized nutrition plan helps to support physical fitness and activity of military personnel.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication12th International Scientific Conference on Rural Environment Education Personality (REEP)
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings
EditorsVija Dišlere
Place of PublicationJelgava
PublisherLatvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies
ISBN (Electronic) 978-9984-48-319-1
ISBN (Print)978-9984-48-318-4
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event12th International Scientific Conference: Rural Environment. Education. Personality (REEP) - Jelgava, Latvia
Duration: 10 May 201911 May 2019
Conference number: 12

Publication series

ISSN (Print)2255-8071
ISSN (Electronic)2661-5207


Conference12th International Scientific Conference: Rural Environment. Education. Personality (REEP)
Abbreviated titleREEP
Internet address


  • dietary habits
  • military personnel
  • physical fitness
  • nutritional habits
  • university education

Field of Science*

  • 3.1 Basic medicine

Publication Type*

  • 3.2. Articles or chapters in other proceedings other than those included in 3.1., with an ISBN or ISSN code


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