Garrison command group samples Army Wellness Center

| May 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

Col. Deydre Teyhen, commander of U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks, demonstrates the Resting Metabolic Rate test at AWC as Col. Stephen Dawson, commander of USAG-HI, and Amber Mowry, AWC director, look on.


1st Lt. Jason Kilgore

U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii commander, Col. Stephen Dawson, and Command Sgt. Maj. Lisa Piette-Edwards, senior enlisted adviser, visited the Army Wellness Center (AWC) to see firsthand the services that are offered to Soldiers and their families, recently.

Before the tour began, Amber Mowry, the AWC director, asked Dawson about his overall goal.

“I want to live to be at least 100 years old,” replied Dawson.

Science tour
The tour took place at the AWC building right next to the Sgt. Smith Theater. The tour started with the BodPod, a machine that calculates body composition. Results show the percentage of fat mass versus fat free mass within the client’s body.

“The initial BodPod assessment allows us to create a baseline and track progress that the client makes,” said Mowry. “AWC services pair well with each other.

“For those engaging in aerobic exercise,” Mowry continued, “the VO2 test provides heart rate training zones unique to the individual’s cardiovascular fitness level. Exercising in proper training zones optimizes training outcomes and reduces the risk of injury.”

Another popular service is the Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) test. The RMR is administered in a resting state and provides a baseline of the amount of calories the body burns in 24 hours if laying still. Estimated calorie expenditure from exercise and lifestyle is calculated and added to the RMR. Test results provided to the client outline a calorie range to stay within to either gain, maintain or lose weight.

The AWC is also home to the Biofeedback room. Biofeedback is a relaxation technique used to teach clients to control functions like heart rate to reduce stress and build resilience. Stress and strong emotions can cause or worsen health problems. The room and full body massage chair are designed to relieve stress as the client is coached through a series of stress relief techniques.

Nutrition plays a vital role in health; food is fuel, not filler. The AWC offers nutritional classes to help their clients achieve their health goals. This includes the classes Meals in Minutes, Upping Your Metabolism, and Fueling for Health.
(Editor’s note: Amber Mowry contributed to this article.)

Learn More
If you’re interested in seeing what the AWC can do to help you in achieving your health goals, call 655-1866, or stop by Bldg. 647, right next to Sgt. Smith Theater.

Amber Mowry, AWC director, left, briefs Col. Stephen Dawson, commander of USAG-HI during a tour of the center. To DawsonÕs right are USAHC-SB Command Sgt. Maj. Luis Maldonado, USAG-HI Command Sgt. Maj. Lisa Piette Edwards, and Col. Deydre Teyhen, commander of the USAHC-SB.

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