SB Wellness Center opens for client bookings Oct. 19

| October 15, 2015 | 0 Comments


Linda Bass
U.S. Army Public Health Command
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Ready to set your physical health lifestyle change goals in preparation for the New Year?

If so, the U.S. Army Hawaii Army Wellness Center (AWC) is the place to go.

Oct. 19, the AWC will open for client bookings, with a grand opening scheduled for the second week in November.

“We are calling this a ‘soft’ opening,” stated U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks Commander Col. Pete Eberhardt.

“ (That) will allow the new team members to book clients through walk-in, phone call, command referral or primary care manager referral,” he explained.

Setting healthy goals
The AWC program helps Soldiers, Army civilians, their families and retirees set and achieve health goals, addressing lifestyle change in areas that affect both short- and long-term health and engaging people in places where they live, work, relax and rest.

Clients of the AWC will experience a holistic approach to health and wellness improvement that is personalized to meet their current needs, motivation and confidence level.

As the current AWC staff refines systems for appointments, wellness plans and the integration of remaining staff prior to November, the AWC staff’s primary goal in the next few weeks, according to Eberhardt, is “maximizing how we meet the needs of the Soldiers and families here on Schofield.”

Health assessments
The AWC’s evidence-based program starts with a health assessment review during which AWC staff will analyze an individual’s health status, risk for disease and ability to increase physical activity safely.

General wellness education will provide clients with information on such topics as healthy sleep habits, resiliency, healthy lifestyles, preventing chronic disease through healthy living habits and self-care.

Using state-of-the-art equipment to assess physical fitness level, AWC staff will assist clients in designing individualized exercise prescription to achieve health and fitness goals. Metabolic testing will precisely measure individual’s resting metabolic rate and help to provide tailored strategies for weight loss, gain or maintenance.

For those whose health and wellness is affected by high levels of stress, the AWC offers biofeedback training and stress management education to improve an individual’s ability to respond effectively to prolonged stress, build resiliency and develop positive coping strategies.

Tobacco education is also available for those who are ready to kick the habit. AWC staff can help motivated tobacco users explore options for tobacco-free living.
(Note: Bass is the health promotion officer for USARHAW.)

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