Fuel to the Max

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  • By Airman 1st Class Tori Schultz
  • 6th Air Mobility Wing public affairs
"People are so amazed that they can increase muscle and lose fat while improving their strength and endurance when they follow the appropriate diet," explained Susan Haley, 6th Aerospace Medicine Squadron health promotion dietician, when talking about the Fuel to the Max class.

Fuel to the Max is a class based on nutrition to improve fitness performance. The course is held monthly at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, by Health Promotion Services, formerly known as the Health and Wellness Center, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

During the class, Haley aids participants in estimating their caloric needs based on their body composition, daily activity, intentional exercise and weight goals. She also helps determine protein, carbohydrate and fat needs.

"We discuss appropriate selection of foods and fluids that meet their needs as well as the timing of intake for health and exercise performance," said Haley. "We review guidelines for carbohydrates and protein intake to maintain a healthy body weight, add muscle mass, replenish glycogen stores and build/repair tissue."

Most people join the class to improve their nutrition intake to change their body composition while still maintaining or increasing their current exercise regime.

"Some people have been provided diets by individuals who are not registered dietitian nutritionists and have found they are not getting the results they want," said Haley.

The class is open to all beneficiaries including active-duty military members, dependents and retirees. Civilians can attend the class as well if their duty time allows.

For more information or to sign-up for the program call the Health Promotions Services center at 813-828-4739.