Fort Polk Guardian 03-06-2020

Guardian March 6, 2020 /15 Fort Polk community leaps into healthier lifestyle FORT POLK, La. — Lifestyle changes are never easy, but on the official Leap Day, Feb. 29, more than 485 people took that first leap to- wards improving their health and that of their Family by attending the Sixth Annual Community Health Fair at the Main Post Exchange Mall. More than 20 informational booths — women’s health, vaping and tobacco cessation, behavioral health, pharmacy services, dental, patient centered medical home, health promotions, Army Substance Abuse Program, Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation fitness and the Army Wellness Center and the Wheelock Fitness Center subject matter experts — were on hand to answer questions and offer sugges- tions on the road to better health. Veterinarian Services was on hand to answer questions about family pets and their services. Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital’s Physical and Occupation- al Therapy Department staff demonstrated a variety of workout equipment available through the Army and Air Force Exchange Serv- ice. They showed patrons how to properly use the equipment to achieve the maximum benefit from their workout. The equipment fea- tured exercise options, many of them useful to preparing for the new Army Combat Fitness Test that takes effect Oct. 1. Representatives from Fort Polk’s Army Wellness Center as well as Veterans Affairs, Humana (TRI- CARE) and Sexual Harassment/As- sault Response Prevention program were also on hand. Fort Polk’s AWC is fully staffed and offers classes, as- sessments and health coaching ses- sions. For more information about this state-of-the-art facility, call 531- 3055 to schedule an appointment. As an extra bonus, the Main Ex- change offered special discounts and savings geared towards fitness equipment, footwear, workout attire and wellness for the entire family. Kids attending the fair had the op- portunity to meet Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat along with some healthy characters — Mr. Banana, Ms. Pea and Mr. Carrot. The Army Performance Triad — sleep, activity and nutrition — ini- tiative encourages military families to achieve and maintain a balance by getting eight hours of sleep per day, walking at least 10,000 steps each day or getting some type of ex- ercise and by eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. BJACH’s Patient Centered Med- ical Home checked blood pressure and informed those with a high reading to have it checked out, ex- plaining the importance of main- taining a within range blood pres- sure. By KATHY PORTS BJACH Public Affairs Officer First Lt. Jessica Carrignan, a Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospi- tal physical therapist, watches as Christian Wilkinson, 9, tries out the ab roller during the Leap Day Health Fair Feb. 29. KATHY PORTS / BJACH PAO MADE FOR THE MILITARY For nearly 100 years, we’ve served military members. We not only understand your needs — we share your values. You’ll see it in our products and services tailored for military life. ™ No Department of Defense or government agency endorsement. Member eligibility and product restrictions apply and are subject to change. USAA means United Services Automobile Association and its affiliates. © 2019 USAA. 266289-1019 Join USAA USAA.COM/JOIN or call 800-531-8521 T:9.5” T:6.5” 20/ Guardian March 6, 2020