ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - The APG community is invited to attend �"Take Control of Your Life 2014," a free seminar March 6 at the Myer Auditorium, Bldg. 6000, featuring motivational speaker and military veteran Ty Howard from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is sponsored by Kirk U.S. Army Health Clinic, Army Substance Abuse Program and the Community Health Promotion Council.

Howard, the editor-in-chief of Motivation magazine, a life coach and author of �"Untie the Knots That Tie Up Your Life," will speak about the �"knots" or challenges that hold people back from living a more happy and successful life. These knots include fear, stress, toxic habits, negative attitudes and difficult relationships.

Howard will also discuss how to successfully make and achieve obtainable goals, and how to enjoy healthier and more rewarding relationships.

�"I encourage people to quit marking time [marching in place] and move forward in their lives," he said.

A Baltimore native, Howard has talked to top companies, military installations, schools, individuals and Families around the world about knots-free living and relationship-building for the past 18 years.

�"I consider it a humble privilege to be invited to share my message," Howard said. �"I can inspire people to change, but people hearing my message have to do the work. They have to have the desire to change."

APG Health Promotion Officer Wendy LaRoche from the U.S. Army Public Health Command, said the decision to host the seminar was based on feedback that the CHPC received from surveys and feedback from vendors and attendees during installation health fairs.

�"We discovered our community was very interested in behavioral health," she said. �"And people will enjoy [Howard�'s] humorous and relatable presentation style."

The event will also include representatives from ASAP, KUSAHC and the Office of the Chaplain, and a behavioral psychology expert from the Kennedy Krieger Institute will have information on stress, divorce, anger management, dating, parenting, substance abuse, suicide prevention and more. Attendees will also have a chance to talk to Howard, who will sign personal copies of �"Untie the Knots That Tie Up Your Life."

Staff Sgt. Joseph C. Hill, the Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of KUSAHC�'s Behavioral Health Clinic, said he is excited to help bring this event to APG.

�"We all have personal conflict, we all can relate to Ty Howard�'s message in some way," he said.

�"These are skills you can use in everyday life. I hope the �'Take Control of Your Life�' seminar becomes an annual event at APG."

Hill added that the presentation will be broadcast to up to 10 military installations across the U.S. via video-conferencing. �"This could not only impact APG, but the military as a whole," he said.

The Commander of KUSAHC, Lt. Col. David R. Zinnante, hopes to see many people take advantage of this free seminar and stressed the hard work put in by the CHPC, ASAP and KUSAHC.

�"These events take a lot of planning and coordination," he said. �"This is an excellent opportunity for Team APG to take in a professional speaker that is entertaining, interactive and results driven. We all get caught up in the daily grind and Ty�'s presentation will give us all an opportunity to reflect, learn and hopefully improve ourselves, our Families and our organizations."

Lunch will be provided for attendees. For more information e-mail Hill at joseph.c.hill2@us.army.mil, or call 817-403-9706.

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