Camp Darby fitness center named best small center in the Army
Camp Darby, Italy, held its first health fair earlier this summer. Lisa, Bowersox (left) takes a body fat measurement of a patron, saying it was "awesome" to see community members take advantage of what the event offered, including financial, physical and mental health education.

LIVORNO, Italy Aca,!" Camp Darby's fitness center director, Jimmy Roddy, was not surprised to learn the gym here won the 2008 Best Small Fitness Center in the Army; he sees that fact daily.

Roddy attributes winning the award to a dedicated and innovated staff.

"I have a great team of men and women who have helped provide the U.S. Army Garrison Livorno community with a full range of team and individual sports and fitness program based upon interests, available resources, facilities and climate," said Roddy.

"One of our newest programs," he notes, "is the Biggest Loser Competition, (which encouraged community members) to lose the most body fat in a safe and healthy manner, while learning new techniques and incorporating them into the individuals' daily life."

During this eight-week competition, the Livorno fitness staff showed participants different work-out routines to most benefit from.

"Running Darby's Biggest Loser Competition was both fun and rewarding. I was extremely pleased at the participation level from such a small community," said Lisa Bowersox, Biggest Loser coordinator.

"I really enjoyed educating, training, and mentoring those who excelled in the 10-week program," she added. "I was like a proud parent at the awards ceremony, particularly for the winners but also for all who participated and gave it their all."

Roddy added that this year's renovation or improvement projects to the center, both major and minor (including self-help), consisted of a new synthetic tennis and all-purpose court, new men and women saunas, creation of a sports council and customer-service-needs surveys to track what customers wanted.

Such efforts won't stop with the fitness earning the award, said Roddy.

"During the next five years, we plan on focusing on establishing and sustaining Department of the Army baseline standards, with a commitment to offer improved programming, recreational and customer relations techniques by focusing on facilities, playing fields and equipment," said Roddy. "It's our goal to increase new programs each year while utilizing the Recreation Delivery structure to achieve our goals; it really is all about the customer at the Camp Darby Sports and Fitness center."

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