Happy New Year! I hope everyone
enjoyed the holidays and had some time off to relax and be with family and
With the new year, people often
take time to reflect on the past and set new goals. If you are someone who sets
New Year’s resolutions – or if you are just planning to make some changes in
2014 – Fort Riley has programs to help with just about any goal you may set.
If your New Year’s resolution
TO LOSE WEIGHT
Anyone who has a government-issued
ID card can access any one of Fort Riley’s fitness centers. Fort Riley’s
fitness centers have the staff, equipment and programs to make goals
Several new fitness
programs are being offered on post, including NewU, X-Quest, Fit4Life and
Battle of the Butterball Bulge, to name a few.
• NewU is a program that offers
group training sessions three times per week. The program is ideal for anyone
looking to improve their overall health and wellness in partnership with the
Army Wellness Center, located at Fort Riley’s Victory Center. The program
starts Jan. 6 and is open to Soldiers, veterans, family members and civilian
• X-Quest is for those who prefer
independent workouts and provides incentives for people who consistently head to
the gym. Beginning Jan. 6, participants can earn mileage for every hour spent
working out. That mileage will be charted on a map following the 26.2-mile
route of the Bataan Memorial Death March. The program is open to Soldiers, veterans,
family members and civilian employees.
• Fit4Life will be offered in
a new format for Department of Defense employees. With a supervisor’s approval,
civilian employees are granted up to three hours administrative leave per week
during the program. Participation in the six-month program is free. However, a
packet with a physician’s assessment must be submitted by Jan. 6.
• Battle of the Butterball Bulge
is for those looking to try something new or shake up their routines. The
program offers participants the opportunity to sample a variety of classes, including
Zumba, Spinning, Insanity, Circuit Breaker, Pi-Yo and more – for free. The
event, described as a fitness marathon, runs from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 11 at
King Field House.
The overall goal of each of
the programs listed above is to provide incentives for those looking to attain
their health and fitness goals. For more information on any of these programs, see
page 13 of today’s 1st Infantry Division Post newspaper or visit http://rileymwr.com/sports.
TO SAVE MORE
January can be a tough time
of the year, financially, for many families. The holidays are over, the gifts
are unwrapped and the relatives have all gone home, but the bills are just
beginning to arrive.
A New Year’s resolution concerning
finances might seem overwhelming right now, but the Financial Readiness Program
through Army Community Service offers free classes and counseling to those who
want to do things differently in 2014.
Staff members at the
Financial Readiness Program, ACS, offer the following tips to get back on track
• Assess the situation.
• Ask the hard questions. Consider
long-term goals and values and compare them to current spending habits.
• Define goals with a
structured time frame.
• Take advantage of the resources
at Fort Riley.
For more about financial counseling
information, call ACS at 785-239-9435.
TO TRAVEL MORE
In this day and age,
spending quality time with family members can be a challenge between a career,
school and social requirements.
Fort Riley’s Leisure Travel
Center has a plethora of outlets for Soldiers and families looking for a little
Leisure Travel Center has discounts
on cruise tickets, all-inclusive resort packages, theme park tickets, Colorado
ski packages and a variety of hotels, spas and destination packages.
As a full-service travel
agent, the center also offers vacation planning with military travel vouchers,
allowing Families to select a destination, make hotel reservations and
conveniently purchase attraction tickets from the local Leisure Travel Center at
Leisure Travel Center is open
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. For more information, call
785-239-5614 or 785-239-4415, or stop by Building 6918 on Custer Hill.
TO WORK ON EDUCATION
Fort Riley’s Education
Services, Directorate of Human Resources, can help make college dreams a
reality through a variety of opportunities in the classroom and online.
• Leaders Skills Enhancement Training
• General Educational
• English Second Language program
• Basic Skills Education program
• Consortium of Colleges and
• Testing services
• Tutoring services
For more information, call 785-239-6481
or visit www.riley.army.mil/Services/EducationandTraining.aspx.
TO QUIT TOBACCO
Promoting healthy choices for
Soldiers, families and civilians is another avenue to building resiliency and starting
the New Year off in a positive direction.
Tobacco cessation programs offered
IACH and the Army Wellness Center encourage people to seek support when quitting
Tobacco use can interfere with
wound healing and surgery. It also can cause serious dental problems and keep
your body from fighting infection.
The longer a person uses tobacco,
the more likely they will develop cancer and other serious health issues. We
want a healthy force, and we want our Soldiers, family members and civilian
employees to stay healthy for years to come.
IACH offers free tobacco cessation
appointments to Tricare beneficiaries through primary care clinics and the Public
Health Department. The program can offer medication, information and support to
those trying to quit. For more information, call 785-239-7323 or 785-240-QUIT
The Army Wellness Center also
offers counseling for those looking to quit tobacco.
If you use tobacco and are thinking
about quitting, call the IACH Public Health Department and see how they can help.
We’re all here to support your efforts.
These are just a few of the
programs offered to help Soldiers, families and civilian employees at Fort
Riley build resiliency and start their New Year off right. Looking for help or
learning new ways of thinking aren’t signs of weakness. It’s a sign of strength
and what keeps our force Army Strong.
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