The Future: Army Wellness Center hosts grand opening, Nov. 19

| November 12, 2015 | 0 Comments
Kelli-Ann Wong, the AWC health promotion technician, runs an analysis with the BodPod at the new Schofield Barracks Army Wellness Center.

Kelli-Ann Wong, the AWC health promotion technician, runs an analysis with the BodPod at the new Schofield Barracks Army Wellness Center.

Story and photos by
Doris Pangelinan
Staff Writer
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Are you ready to take control of your health and general well-being, but feel you need extra support to properly get started with your plan?

The Army Wellness Center (AWC), here, which reopens on Nov. 19, is the place to go.

The AWC provides metabolic testing for weight management.

The AWC provides metabolic testing for weight management.

In the planning for several years, the new, spacious AWC is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment  and comes with a professional staff that will run a variety of tests, set you up with an acion plan and provide you with tools and educational classes, so you can be on your way to feeling fitter by the day.

Comprehensive concept
AWC services are available to active duty military personnel from all branches, their family members and dependents, retirees and Department of the Army civilians, and consist of health assessment reviews, metabolic testing, healthy nutrition education, exercise testing, stress management education, weight management, biometric screening and general wellness education.

Since August 2015, the Schofield AWC staff has been has been busy with in-house training of its seven health educators, four of whom are NCCA certified and hold at least a bachelor’s degree.

The AWC team is ready to help you get fitter.

The AWC team is ready to help you get fitter.

How does it work?
In most cases, customers call in to schedule appointments because their medical doctors or unit commanders have referred them. In those cases, making an appointment is not mandatory, but recommended – for example, if a Soldier is having trouble keeping up with his peers during routine unit physical trainings. Others may choose to self-refer and contact the AWC on their own.

Although walk-ins are welcome, it’s best to schedule an appointment in advance.
Amber Mowry, the new Schofield AWC director since August, said, “After the initial appointment and testing, clients attend our educational classes. Our wellness plans are tailored to each individual and are designed to have 40-day follow-ups.”

Amber Mowry, new director of the AWC at Schofield Barracks since August, will oversee center operations, including health education classes.

Amber Mowry, new director of the AWC at Schofield Barracks since August, will oversee center operations, including health education classes.

The goal of wellness coaches is to help clients make lasting lifestyle changes that will allow them to live longer, healthier lives.

For people who say they don’t find enough time to exercise, Mowry suggests, “If you only have 30 minutes to work out, make sure you exercise in your correct heart rate zone, so you can burn up to twice as many calories. I recommend using a fitbit to track your fitness. It’s a great motivational tool. It helps me walk 10,000 steps a day.”

IMG_0741Army Wellness Center, Schofield Barracks
The AWC is located at 156 Lewis St., Bldg. 647, Schofield Barracks.
Call: (808) 655 1866
Hours of operation: Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. –  2:30 p.m.
Thursday Staff Training: 1 – 3 p.m.

Health Education Classes
•For upping your metabolism.
•Meals in minutes.
•Personal resiliency.
•Healthy sleep habits.

To make an appointment, fill in the online Health Questionnaire prior to your visit at https://awc.army.mil/. Otherwise, please arrive 20 minutes early.
Parking is limited during peak hours.

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