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COMMUNITY CORNER - Post offers assistance to reach New Year’s goals, resolutions

By Col. Andrew Cole | GARRISON COMMANDER | March 03, 2014

Happy New Year! I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and had some time off to relax and be with family and friends.

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 is:

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 achievable.

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 employees.

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 this year:

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.

Consider automation/auto-pay.

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 down time.

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 bargain prices.

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.

These include:

Leaders Skills Enhancement Training Courses

General Educational Development program

English Second Language program

Basic Skills Education program

Consortium of Colleges and Universities

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.

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 (7848).

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.

If you would like to comment on this article or suggest a topic for Community Corner, email usarmy.riley.imcom.mbx.postnewspaper@mail.mil or visit my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/fortrileygc.


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