Since its inception in 2016, the Indiana National Guard’s Army Wellness Center (AWC-NG) has worked to improve organizational readiness. The wellness centers adhere to evidence based programs and leverage the latest in physiological assessment technologies to produce personalized health and wellness plans for clients. These plans are designed by our Health Educators to assist clients in achieving their specific long-term lifestyle goals.
The program uses body composition analysis, resting metabolic rate testing, V02 and strength measurements’, coherence measurement of stress, individual coaching, wellness classes and general wellness education to assist clients in reaching their goals. Whether you’re struggling to achieving your wellness goals, or already a fitness expert, we’ve got something for you.
The emWave Stress Relief System helps people learn how to transform stress and stress-related emotions into free energy for personal and professional effectiveness while improving health and well-being. Emwave is a type of self-regulation that provides real-time visual monitoring. The goal of the program is to utilize positive thoughts and emotions to obtain optimal heart rate variability, or coherence.
If the changes you are making in your physical activity to lose weight are not producing changes on the scale, you may be losing fat but gaining muscle. We take your height, weight and blood pressure, then use the BODPOD, ultrasound or bioelectrical impedance to test your body fat percentage, or body mass index (BMI) to provide you with an accurate assessment. BODPOD uses air displacement to determine how much of the body is made up of fat, and is second to water displacement as the most accurate measure of body fat percentage. Ultrasound uses sound waves to determine body composition. Regardless of which method of testing BMI is chosen, the process takes only about 10 minutes.
Resting Metabolic Rate
Resting Metabolic Rate is an assessment used to measure the number of calories your body needs to maintain its current weight over a 24-hour period of rest. We collect data for 15 minutes and extrapolate that data to estimate your calorie needs over 24 hours. The test requires you to lie down on a table and wear a mask throughout the test to measure your oxygen and carbon dioxide levels. These levels can tell us how much oxygen is consumed by the body during rest, which, in turn, is used to estimate your caloric needs. This test can help you make dietary changes to reduce or add calories to your diet.
We can determine your cardiorespiratory fitness levels and appropriate training zones for your fitness regimen by measuring your heart rate. We use V02 submaximal testing, where you will walk or run on a treadmill until you reach 85 percent of your estimated maximum heart rate. We ensure you receive the utmost care by adhering to strict safety protocols, including having you fill out a pre-screening health and consent form prior to your assessment. We may also require a release from your primary care physician if for any reason you fail the pre-screening questionnaire.
Strength and Flexibility
We test and monitor your strength and flexibility to help you track your progress. General strength in the back and forearms helps determine functional ability and distribution of strength. Hamstring and low back flexibility are important for general health and training purposes. Lack of strength and flexibility can lead to injury and predispose you for future injuries. Also there is a good correlation between grip strength and overall muscle health.
Individual Counseling and General Wellness Education
Our health educators work with you one-on-one to discuss the results of your assessments and to set your goals. All of your encounters at the Army Wellness Center are documented and securely stored locally in your client folder, which we provide for your use to work toward improving your wellness. At your request, we’ll provide your assessment results and your fitness plan to your physician.
We offer group educational classes on topics including tobacco cessation, basic ways to raise your metabolism, stress education, sleep improvement and Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) essentials. Video teleconferencing (VTC) classes are available for groups at National Guard facilities with video conferencing capabilities.
Camp Atterbury Wellness Center
(Minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian)
Lawrence Wellness Center
South Bend Wellness Center
Step 1: Call 317-247-3300 ext: 64325 to schedule an appointment
Step 2: Schedule your testing appointments (tests are approximately 30-90 minutes each).
Note: It is not recommended to schedule all three tests for the same day. After scheduling an appointment, you will receive an email containing test preparation instructions. Tests will not be valid if you do not follow the instructions.
Step 3: Arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time to fill out forms, meet your health educator and discuss a plan of action. Typically, you will keep the same health educator throughout the program. You will leave your appointment with all the testing results completed that day.
Step 4: Very important! Be sure to schedule at least one follow-up visit after testing. Best results are obtained when multiple follow-ups are completed. Follow-ups for continued health coaching are recommended every 2-3 months.
HOURS OF OPERATION: MON-FRI, 0730-1600
Camp Atterbury Wellness Center
Fairbanks Street, Bldg. 341
Edinburgh IN, 46124
Phone: 317-247-3300, Ext. 64325
Lawrence Wellness Center*
9920 East 59th Street
Lawrence IN, 46226
Phone: 317-247-3300, Ext. 87657
South Bend Wellness Center
South Bend Armory
1901 Kemball Avenue, Room 1421
South Bend, IN 46613
Phone: 317-247-3300, Ext. 88836
*Only AWC serving State of Indiana employees
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