KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Sgt. 1st Class Orlando Guzman is continuing his efforts to ensure that soldiers of the 3rd Sustainment Brigade stay physically fit while deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan.
“Everyone needs to know about nutrition,” said Guzman, a native of Chicago, Ill. “It is usually forgotten. A person could workout, but their diet is what puts the finishing touches on their ultimate goal.”
Guzman taught Provider soldiers a nutrition class, Feb. 5, at Kandahar Airfield. This was the first class—an introduction into the elements of nutrition. He used easily available resources such as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the Let’s Move Campaign started in 2010 by Michelle Obama.
“We all have an active lifestyle in the army,” Guzman said. “Not only is it important for our jobs, so we are incompliance with Army regulations, but it is for our overall healthy wellbeing.”
Guzman, who has a bachelor’s degree in physical education said, “It’s for ourselves and families, so when we are in our 50s and 60s we will still be around, without heart disease or diabetes. It’s extremely important to live a long healthy life.”
At the end of the class, Guzman received feedback from the soldiers in attendance. He says he plans to educate the Troops on a different aspect of nutrition each month in an effort to help them learn better ways to nourish their bodies.
“The biggest thing I hope they take from the class is that they need to eat a well balanced diet, with a wide variety of food,” Guzman said. “Do not shut out any component, like carbohydrates, because that will hurt your body in the long run.”