The Indiana National Guard leaders are on a mission to improve the health and wellbeing of its members through the new Army Wellness Center.
Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Courtney P. Carr with the state’s senior enlisted adviser, Command Sgt. Maj. James Gordon have worked passionately to bring the center into existence here in Indiana for service members and their families.
Carr, the commander of the Indiana National Guard, believes the presence of the center will have a positive long term influence on our Guardsmen wellness and the organization’s readiness.
“From a readiness standpoint, nearly 20 percent of our force isn’t passing their physical fitness test, we can’t send them to schools, promote them, or reenlist them. This affects our strength and readiness because we are losing service members. However, we’d like to see long term lifestyle changes, that will have a positive impact on the Soldiers and their families from a wellness perspective,” said Carr.
To help encourage service members to take full advantage of the center, Carr is calling on his senior leaders to go through the assessments themselves; in hopes that the leaders will pass on the benefits and further encourage their own soldiers to utilize these resources.
“We want to make sure that leadership understands the capability. We want them to model the behavior and get their troops and their families engaged,” said Carr.
Carr and Gordon have gone through the process themselves. Carr said, that he has already seen an improvement in his health.
Jared Harper, the wellness center’s director noted that the center is not just for those struggling with their weight or passing their physical fitness test, but said all soldiers can benefit from the services provided.
“Whether participants are struggling with height and weight, have individual health and wellness goals, are APFT failures or are passing with a 300, I envision all service members utilizing the wellness center to help provide the baseline education necessary to achieve physical fitness and sustainability in health and wellness,” said Harper.
Gordon said the assessment has helped him think in new ways about the type of exercises he should be doing, as well as being more conscious of his caloric intake.
“When you get your body assessment combined with the counseling from the educators, it really gives you an overall assessment of your wellness and fitness, with a way ahead,” said Gordon.
The center focuses on physical improvements, weight management, and stress reduction.
“The Camp Atterbury Wellness Center utilizes state-of-the-art wellness technology that can help oneself gain a better understanding of our own physiological needs. Through the Wellness Centers assessment and education process, our clients will be better empowered to meet their health and wellness goals leading to a sustainable health lifestyle,” said Harper.
The leadership of the Indiana National Guard wants what’s best for their service members and the Guard as a whole, through a representation of good health and wellness.
“In the end if our Guardsmen and their families are healthier, then this will have a lasting impact on our service members and the organization,” said Carr.
The center opened at Camp Atterbury in October, as a part of the larger operating, Resilience Campus.