90+ Recognized by Office of the Surgeon General
By Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss, 436th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
/ Published April 09, 2018
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. --
John Walters, 436th Force Support Squadron fitness program manager, was the only representative from Air Mobility Command to attend the Air Force Medical Service Operational Integrated Support meeting March 27, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas.
Walters briefed the 90+ program to over 100 of the top medical personnel in the Air Force along with Brig. Gen. Mark Koeniger, 711th Human Performance Wing commander.
Walters created the program, originally called 90n90, back in 2012 when he was in the position of exercise psychologist.
“The 90+ program began in 2012 basically for the Airmen who were stuck in the satisfactory or average fitness range,” said Walters. “Now it has become the Wing Fitness Improvement program for members failing to meet fitness standards.”
The individuals in 90+ work-out together three times a week during the 12-week duration of the program, with the choice of 6:00 a.m. or noon. It’s intended to ensure members achieve a passing score of 90 or higher while focusing the work-outs off three fitness principles: specificity, progression and overload.
“Many meeting attendees took the 90+ workout booklet back to their base to implement,” said Walters. “I have also received over ten emails and phone calls from physicians and health professionals since my return from San Antonio.”
Walters also presented to the Office of the Surgeon General. The 90+ program was suggested as a possible Air Force wide fitness program.
“Over the past six years, I have been contacted by over 25 bases throughout the Air Force, stateside and overseas, to use or gain more information on the 90+ program,” said Walters. “I actually received a call last year from Afghanistan in regards to the program.”
As the program gains traction throughout the Air Force, Walters has become the spokesperson for the innovative initiative.
“I got to show the top leaders of the Air Force Medical Corp what 90+ is all about and how over the last six years it has affected the lives, health and careers of over 2,000 Airmen at Dover,” said Walters.