Wellness fair to promote resiliency, CFP

U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart’s Family and MWR will host its first-ever Health and Wellness Fair on Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Patch Fitness Center. The event is open to the entire Stuttgart military community.

A vast number of agencies will attend the fair to publicize programs and services that can lead toward more constructive and healthful pursuits, according to Martha Povich, the fair organizer.

Fair attendees will be able to schedule health care appointments, have their blood pressure screened and body fat measured, get their running shoes assessed, watch a fitness class demonstration every 15 minutes and register their bicycles.
“Our goal is to increase community awareness of the garrison’s Comprehensive Fitness Program in an interactive and informative way,” Povich said.

The CFP takes the five dimensions of fitness as defined by the Army’s Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program — physical, social, family, emotional and spiritual — and links them to garrison programs and services intended to improve the comprehensive health, or resiliency, of the community.

There are many initiatives that people are not fully aware of, according to Army Maj. Benita Harris, the public health nurse at the Stuttgart Army Health Clinic.
“People may not know that the Wellness Center offers free metabolic testing, that the health clinic’s Public Health section offers pregnancy classes, or that the clinic facilitates appointments for mammograms locally,” Harris said.

Harris will oversee a team from the health clinic with representatives from Tricare, Educational and Developmental Intervention Services, Public Health, physical therapy and the Wellness Center.

For those interested in the Army’s Global Assessment Tool, Tony Garcia, the U.S.  Army Europe Comprehensive Soldier Fitness manager, will be on hand to discuss the survey used to evaluate a person’s emotional, social, family and spiritual fitness, and the Fitness Tracker.

Representatives from Family and MWR’s Army Community Service; Sports and Fitness; Child, Youth and School Services; and Outdoor Recreation; the Stuttgart Comprehensive Fitness Program; Religious Support Office; Directorate of Emergency Services; Army Substance Abuse Program; Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers; United Service Organizations; European Wounded Warrior program and the German-American Wandering Club will also be in attendance.

For more information on the Health and Wellness Fair, call Martha Povich at 430-2110/0711-680-2110. The Army Fitness Tracker is the gateway to the CSF GAT and is available to Soldiers, Department of the Army civilians and family members. Links to the Army, Airman, Marine, and Navy Fitness Trackers can be found at http//csf.army.mil/index.html.