ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Aberdeen Proving Ground Garrison is offering a Civilian Wellness Program to garrison employees who are interested in participating in a one hour, three times per week, for a six month wellness initiative.

The goal is improving the well-being of employees while sustaining a ready and fit workforce. "This initiative is beneficial to those employees who are unable to participate in fitness activities as part of their regular job and who struggle with competing priorities in their lives", said Wendy LaRoche, APG Community Health Promotion Officer, Public Health Command . "Its intended purpose is to encourage healthier lifestyles for a lifetime".

The Civilian Wellness Program was directed by HQ IMCOM in August 2012. Based on the length of the program, it is believed that if used properly, each participating employee will develop a healthier pattern that can be incorporated into their everyday lives.

Employees that were previously enrolled in the Civilian Fitness Program are also eligible to participate in the Civilian Wellness Program. To become eligible for participation, each employee must complete an enrollment packet which includes a contract between the employee and the direct supervisor. Supervisor approval is mandatory. All completed packets are forwarded to The APG Community Health Promotion Council. Each successful enrollee will receive an email confirming their participation.

To ensure the stability and measure the effectiveness of the program, metrics are collected at baseline, intermittent and ending points of the program. Confidentiality is a must as each participant will be assigned a distinctive code for future weigh-ins.

The Civilian Wellness Program will start accepting completed applications Oct. 1. Enrollment in the program is free and takes less than five minutes to complete all the necessary forms. To learn more about the Civilian Wellness Program, contact Wendy LaRoche at wendy.laroche@us.army.mil.

Page last updated Fri September 28th, 2012 at 10:10