For those who want to increase fitness, nutrition, health, or performance goals, the Army Wellness Center is just the right place to go to achieve such goals.
The center, located in Building 2-2015, Jackson St., offers programs such as fitness assessments, healthy nutrition, weight and stress management and unit level health and unit level fitness assessments.
Before the first appointment, a patient (all visits are considered medical appointments) should complete a health questionnaire about nutrition, sleep habits, activities and Family medical history to be reviewed by a health educator, said Sarah Steadman, health promotion technician. This assessment helps to determine the basic caloric needs for either losing, maintaining or gaining weight.
“The wellness plan is very individualized and specific to that person and is not based on any general population of men or women in a certain age group,” she said.
A metabolic assessment is
done to establish what the person currently does for exercise to come up with a caloric goal for the patient.
In addition to the metabolic assessment, other services offered to help achieve wellness goals are:
Patients who visit the AWC to reach healthy weight loss goals should lose one to two pounds per week, Steadman explained.
“We want it to be a slow process because losing weight too quickly is unhealthy and not safe for a person. We want it to be a gradual change,” said Steadman who added that exercise is key to weight management.
“Eighty percent of weight loss comes back to nutrition. You can’t outwork a poor diet.
“Having that metabolic assessment will be very eye-opening because people don’t understand the importance of good nutrition,” she pointed out.
AWC personnel adhere to the American College of Sports Medicine standards in any counseling area.
The Army Wellness Center is open to military active-duty, dependent Family members, civilians,
contractors and retirees.
“We’re here for everybody as long as they have access to the installation, are able to be booked in the system under a medical appointment for Womack (Army Medical Center), then we
can definitely see them,” said Steadman.
For more information, call 643-2101 or visit http:// www.wamc.amedd.army. mil/patients/deptser vices/ preventivemedicine/ wellness/ Pages/default.aspx.