Which US States Pose the Greatest Threats to Military Readiness and Public Health

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Co-authored by Center collaborator Laurie Whitsel, Ph.D., the purpose of this study was to investigate state-level distributions of cardiorespiratory fitness, body mass index, and injuries among US Army recruits in order to determine the potential impact on military readiness and national security. Results demonstrate how certain states, previously identified for their disproportionate public health burden, are also disproportionately burdensome for military readiness and national security.