05 March 2018
New Year’s Resolutions: Are You Still Going Strong? By Jenni Benson, USAG Public Affairs
New Year’s Resolutions: Are You Still Going Strong?
Jenni Benson, USAG Public Affairs
We have now wrapped up the second month of 2018.

If you made a resolution, how are you doing with it? Has it fallen to the way-side or are you still going strong?

If you recall, last month the public affairs office took a poll on New Year’s Resolutions and gathered the top 10 responses around post.
Over the next several months we will explore the top responses and give tips and tricks to keep your resolutions going throughout 2018.

The first one we will tackle is the resolution to “lose weight, eat healthier and exercise more.”

The internet is full of the next fad to help those on the journey to optimal health and it can be overwhelming to choose what is right for you. The Military Health System has assembled a set of resources to adopt or maintain a healthy lifestyle called ‘Operation Live Well’ that not only touches on nutrition and physical activity but also mental wellness and integrative health. You can find these resources by visiting: https://health.mil/Military-Health-Topics/Operation-Live-Well

According to the U.S. Army website, https://www.goarmy.com/soldier-life/fitness-and-nutrition.html, physical fitness is defined as the ability to function effectively in physical work, training, and other activities, while still having enough energy left over to handle any emergencies that may arise and is important for a successful career in the Army.

Even as a predominantly civilian workforce here at Fort Detrick, we can incorporate the cornerstones of a fit Soldier into our daily routines to reach health and fitness goals.

Whether it’s counting calories, doing a juice cleanse, cutting carbs or simply eating less and moving more; whatever resource you choose to use, making heathier choices and incorporating exercise into your daily routine can help you reach the goal of optimal health.

Need motivation to get going with a fitness and nutrition program? Check out the Fort Detrick fitness center’s website https://detrick.armymwr.com/programs/cpt-jennifer-j-shafer-odom-fitness-center or call (301) 619-2498.

Swim laps in the indoor or outdoor pool or take an aqua aerobics class; get a team together and take advantage of the racquetball courts; take a walk on the treadmills or outdoor track or build strength in the weight room. The fitness center also offers several group aerobics classes throughout the week including, step classes, spin, yoga and more.

“Two key factors to maintaining a workout schedule is motivation and accountability,” said Odom Fitness Center Intramural Sports Director Donald Vierra. “Motivation can be in many forms - workout partners, workout groups or classes. Inner-office challenges or challenging another office to encourage and uplift workforce team spirit.”

The Odom Fitness Center has personal trainers on staff available to offer assistance, free of charge.

Patients of the Barquist Army Health Clinic can take advantage of one-on-one appointments with nutritionists from Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Clinic, Fort Meade who come to the BAHC the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month to provide nutrition care services. They see patients for weight management, diabetes and pre-diabetes, eating disorders, high blood pressure and much more.

There is no need for a referral, just call the Barquist Appointment Call Center at (301) 619-7175 for an appointment.

Take advantage of the multiple resources available online, in your community and on Fort Detrick to get or stay healthy in 2018!

Next month we will discuss finances. Stay tuned for the March edition!
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