By Reginald Rogers, Martin Army Community Hospital Public Affairs /
FORT BENNING, Ga. – Exercise, proper nutrition and holistic community health will be some of the primary focal points when Fort Benning opens the doors to its own Army Wellness Center later this month.
The Jan. 30 grand opening of the new wellness center is in line with the Army Surgeon General’s emphasis on the need for Army Medicine to embrace a proactive “health and wellness model.”
“We are very proud to have the new Army Wellness Center that focuses on the Maneuver Performance Triad, a comprehensive fitness strategy emphasizing the performance and health of our Soldiers,” said Maj. Gen. Eric J. Wesley, Commanding General, Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning.
“Where we expect Fort Benning’s program to be different is a broad strategy and available resources that can enable and enhance the diverse populations within the Fort Benning community – permanent party, students, Ranger instructors, Drill Sergeants, family members, civilians, etc.,” Wesley added
According to the U.S. Army Public Health Center’s website, Army Wellness Centers provide standardized primary prevention programs and services that promote enhanced and sustained healthy lifestyles to improve the overall well-being of Soldiers and family members.
“Our goal is to educate and affect the daily personal habits of our Soldiers’ physical performance for both educational and readiness purposes” said Wesley. “We look forward to the grand opening.”
The AWC aims to reduce the number of non-medically ready Soldiers through its services and programs.
“Building health with AWCs by empowering participants to set their own health goals and achieve them. It addresses lifestyle change in areas that affect both short- and long-term health, engaging people in their “lifespace”— the places where they live, work, relax and rest,” according to the website.
Additionally, Lt. Gen. Nadja K. West, the Army Surgeon General, has communicated a vision for standardized delivery of health promotion and wellness across the Army.
The wellness center offers a variety of services to ensure that Soldiers, civilian employees and family members are aware of what being healthy looks like and it also provides a path for them to achieve their goals of becoming healthier.
Col. Larry J. McCord, Commander of the Martin Army Community Hospital, is confident the wellness center will be a great asset to the Fort Benning community.
“The Army Wellness Center provides us with the capability to help improve the overall health and readiness of our community by providing a holistic approach to health and fitness of our Soldiers, family members and civilians,” said McCord. “The AWC is an Army Medicine strategic initiative that helps synchronize the Performance Triad and the Human Dimension efforts of the MCoE.”
McCord noted the center could pay huge dividends for the Benning civilian community as well.
“It also serves as proof of our effort to take care of our civilian workforce and empower them to improve their health and wellness,” he added. “This will no doubt help strengthen our mission to take care of today’s warriors and our future warfighters.”
One of the services offered by the AWC is the cardiorespiratory assessment. This test has the ability to measure the capacity of a person’s body to deliver and utilize oxygen during exercise. As a result, health educators can develop an appropriate exercise prescription plan for the individual.
Another important assessment performed at the AWC is body composition which is measured by using the BodPod.
The BodPod is an egg-shaped chamber that uses air displacement to measure body fat. It provides a great baseline measurement for individuals to reduce their body fat percentage and increase muscle mass.
Because good health and well-being is essential to a healthy community, the AWC will also offer classes for stress management and tobacco education and will provide health coaching, muscular strength assessments and flexibility assessments.
The center is staffed with highly qualified health educators and state-of-the-art equipment and will strive to help you reach your desired health and wellness goals.
The AWC will hold its grand opening Jan.30 at 3:00 p.m. The grand opening will be followed by an open house to allow those in attendance to tour the facility.
The facility is located at 7919 Marne Road, Building 9257, next to the Warrior Transition Battalion.
The AWC is currently pre-scheduling appointments, so patrons are highly encouraged to schedule appointments early by calling (706) 544-9142.