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he Spouse Wellness Conference kicked off Tuesday as a part of the Healthy Base Initiative at the Family Readiness Group Center and Hercules Physical Fitness Center.

The HBI program has been developed for military servicemembers, their Families and Department of Defense civilians to educate them on the importance of taking charge of their health through nutrition and fitness.

This is the first time the conference has taken place on Fort Bragg. Over 230 spouses showed up to listen to keynote speaker, Karen Reivich, co-director of the Penn Resiliency Project and to take advantage of the workshops in more than 30 wellness areas.

During her speech Reivich discussed the importance of resiliency and helped define what it means to be resilient on a regular basis.

“Resilience is the ability to grow and thrive when something difficult happens,” said Reivich. “Because when something difficult happens in your life, the resilient individual finds the way to not only bounce back, but to derive a meaning from setback or failure. These people are always on the hunt for, what can I learn.”

The event is about giving spouses better opportunities for healthy living. Everyone from health vendors to Womack Army Medical Center public health staff were on hand providing free flu shots. For spouses looking for physical activity, the day featured Salsa dancing, indoor cycling and line dancing classes.

As a way to strengthen some of her goals Rachel Delanney took advantage of the resiliency workshops.

“Being here today is going to help me reach some of my resiliency goals,” Delanney said. “This is great because it equips me to better deal with all the things a military Family has to on a regular basis. Through this I can go back and teach these tools to my children.”

The Healthy Base Initiative is a collaborative effort between Army Community Service, the Wellness Center, WAMC and Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

“We just tried to address all of the things that would make you a healthy person, mind, body and spirit,” said Beth Anderson. “We couldn’t be happier with the way it’s turned out. We have great prizes, great lunch and hopefully everyone will walk away having learned something about themselves and their health.”