Employee Wellness Program
The Department of Defense (DoD) initiative for Employee Wellness, Satisfaction and Engagement led by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness is part of an important strategy towards an increased awareness of the value of a fit lifestyle and the easy, everyday choices that can be made to accomplish this goal. WHS is committed towards increasing employee awareness of, and commitment to, the four pillars of a healthy lifestyle: physical activity, nutrition, healthy choices, and prevention. As part of the WHS Wellness Program, employees have access to monthly health topics, information, and wellness promotional materials.
Civilian Fitness & Wellness Program (CFWP)
The CFWP is designed to promote healthy lifestyles and enhance employee worklife. Program participants can choose to participate in covered fitness/ exercise activities or wellness education activities, such as nutrition, smoking cessation, or weight management courses.
Eligible employees may be granted up to 1 hours of administrative leave (wellness) per regularly schedule workday (not to exceed 3 hours per week) to participate in a covered fitness or wellness activity upon supervisory approval.
May and June 2012 Wellness Initiatives:
Fitness is Fun!
Running: The Art and Science of Becoming a Healthier and Better Runner,
Ask the Doc Preventative Health Questions,
Below are informational flyers outlining upcoming May 2012 and June 2012 training opportunities offered through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Pentagon Employee Referral Service (PERS). PERS is housed within the DiLorenzo TRICARE Health Clinic located by the North Parking entrance, 8th Corridor.
Class space is limited and advance registration is required. Please either call 703-692-8917 or send an e-mail to PERS@amedd.army.mil to register.
Note: Before registering for any of these training classes, please discuss with and obtain your supervisor's approval.
President's Challenge News:
We all go into the New Year with the best intentions...
But it is now March, and odds are your determination to keep your resolutions has started to wane. Usually, Fitness is Fun includes the GET ACTIVE! and the GET NUTRITIOUS! sections. However, as New Year's resolutions often demonstrate, getting started on something is not always as difficult as staying with it.
While some people may have the self-discipline to completely commit to their goals on the first try, many of us struggle. The President's Challenge understands, and that is why we have created a special STAY ACTIVE AND NUTRITIOUS! section for this month.
Physical Activity News and Research
Find out where your state stands in the 2011 America's Health Rankings. Released in December, the 2011 America's Health Rankings report evaluated all 50 states based on a comprehensive set of health measures that included behaviors, policies, community and environmental conditions and clinical care data. For the fifth consecutive year, Vermont claimed the highest ranking. Mississippi, for the 10th year in a row, received the lowest ranking.
As a nation, we did make overall improvements in smoking cessation, preventable hospitalizations and cardiovascular deaths. However, these achievements were offset by increases in obesity, diabetes and child poverty. According to the report, America's health has declined by 69 percent over the last decade. America's Health Rankings is a joint effort between the United Health Foundation, American Public Health Association and Partnership for Prevention.
Learn more about the rankings and how you can take action at Web page: http://www.americashealthrankings.org/
Nutrition News and Research
Center for Disease Control (CDC) cites bread as the leading culprit in Americans' excess sodium consumption.
Quit Tobacco - Make Everyone PROUD!
Whether your thinking about quitting, ready to quit or helping someone quit, the Quit Tobacco—Make Everyone Proud campaign is ready to help. Now in its third year, the award-winning website provides the opportunity for U.S service members and Veterans to learn more about tobacco cessation, develop a personalized plan for quitting, create a personal or public blog, and communicate privately with a trained cessation coach online. This free, confidential, interactive support system is available 24 hours/7 days a week. For more information, visit www.ucanquit2.org/ .
Let’s Move together to end the epidemic of childhood obesity. First Lady Michelle Obama, has developed a national campaign geared towards solving childhood obesity. The campaign addresses the four pillars of Childhood Obesity: empowering parents and caregivers, providing healthy food in schools, improving access to healthy, affordable foods, increasing physical activity. Visit www.letsmove.gov to find out ways to eat healthy, get active, and take action. Watch First Lady Obama’s Let’s Move Invitation - Video
DiLorenzo TRICARE Health Clinic offers a wide range of health services.
Pentagon Athletic Center offers a physical fitness facility at the Pentagon and Crystal City locations.
Visit the following links for additional tools and resources for gaining and maintaining your personal wellness.
For additional information, please contact the WHS/Human Resources Directorate, Labor and Management Employee Relations (LMER) office at 571-372-3964.
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