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COMMUNITY CORNER – Physical, mental fitness, wellness for all

By Col. John D. Lawrence | GARRISON COMMANDER | July 14, 2017

     Billions of dollars are spent each year on healthcare due to unhealthy lifestyle practices. I encourage and support fitness and wellness for all members of our Army family including Soldiers, spouses, children, Department of the Army civilians and retirees. Our Soldiers, employees and family members gain optimal perfor­mance on the job and at home through positive sleep, activ­ity, nutrition behaviors and healthy work environments.

     Unhealthy eating habits often begin when we buy groceries. Marketers go to great lengths to encourage the purchase of junk food. Start shopping at the perimeters of the store — this is usually where the produce and pro­teins can be found instead of processed foods. Remember to watch out for the tempta­tions on the end caps or by the registers. Establish healthy nutri­tion through educational awareness and making healthier food choices. Remember if you don’t have junk food in the house — you are less likely to eat it.

     When you get adequate sleep, you perform at a higher level. Adequate sleep reduces injury, improves morale and enhances job performance.

     A good fitness program is important, but in our busy lifestyle, we can seek out ways to be more active even in our everyday activities. Walk more by parking farther away from the workplace or when shop­ping. Have walking or stand­ing meetings. Ride a bike to work if you live close enough. Take short activity breaks dur­ing the day.

     No matter where you are right now with health or fit­ness — you can start here and now to make a difference. It’s all about getting into good habits. But you don’t have to figure it out alone. The Army Wellness Center is a good place to start. The staff at the Wellness Center can provide a health assessment review. They also provide coaching in physical fitness programs, healthy nutrition, stress man­agement and general wellness education. Soldiers, family members, retirees and De­partment of Defense civilians are eligible for their services. The center at 7285 Norman­dy Drive and is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. except holidays. Contact the center at 785-239-9355.

     Fitness and wellness doesn’t happen without effort on our part — but the good news is that we have an abun­dance of resources on Fort Riley to help achieve health and fitness — we just need to take action.

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