The Surgeon General’s vision, called the Performance Triad, dictates that activity, nutrition and sleep are essential for improving the Army family’s health, readiness and resilience. It uses a tiered prevention strategy to ensure soldiers, family members, retirees and civilians receive the education and/or services they require to help them maintain, improve or restore health.
The Wellness at Fort Detrick initiative will keep personnel apprised of available services tailored to help them improve nutrition, increase physical activity, reduce obesity, manage stress, and other tactics.
Many initiatives are underway. Here are just a few taking place this month and early November:
Nutrition: Small changes in diet and exercise are often all it takes to lose weight and increase fitness levels. Given this fact, the health clinic will have a nutritionist available once a week to offer personalized information to patients.
Women’s Health: The clinic is emphasizing women’s health throughout October and is encouraging female patients due for a pap smear or mammogram to schedule an appointment Oct. 21-25, by calling 301-619-4674.
Flu Vaccination: DOD civilians and eligible military beneficiaries may receive influenza vaccinations in building 1507, Oct. 15-17 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Eligible dependent children and families may receive vaccinations Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Group Discussions: The clinic will begin offering discussion groups starting Nov. 6, on topics ranging from pain management to coping with chronic illness. For more information please contact Capt. Patricia Alvarez at 301-619-4674.
Army Wellness Center Assessments: On Nov. 7, the clinic is hosting personnel from the Carlisle Barracks Army Wellness Center at Fort Detrick. Staff will be available to meet with soldiers, dependents, retirees and DA civilians to assess their health and nutrition and provide management techniques empowering participants to maintain a healthy lifestyle, prevent illness and seek care as required. Individuals interested in enrolling in the program may contact Sgt. 1st Class Randolph Canzater at 301-619-4661.