ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. -- As we close out the second week of the new year, how are your resolutions coming?

Did you know there is assistance here on the installation for many of the most common goals people choose each year?

Using resources available to all employees of Anniston Army Depot and available to most of the Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons (current depot and tenant employees, depot retirees, active and retired military, and contractors), you can lose weight, add tone and definition to muscles, learn to balance a budget and become more financially secure, quit smoking or drinking, find ways to give back to your community and seek a better job.

It's all here on the installation!


LOSE WEIGHT AND/OR TONE MUSCLES

Since 2010, more than 3,200 pounds have been lost by employees of Anniston Army Depot during the annual Choose to Lose competition.

This year, there are 30 participants in the competition. These individuals had their initial weigh-in Jan. 3 and have agreed to weigh-in once a week for 10 weeks.

But, the program isn't just about dropping weight - it's about building a healthy lifestyle.

Everyone at ANAD can use the same tools contest participants have to lose weight, gain muscle, reduce their 5K time or meet any other fitness goal.

All it takes is time and asking the right questions.

The PFC staff has the tools, exercises and nutrition tips to personalize a plan to drop inches by controlling portions and exercising in a way that will benefit you.

"If they want a plan that is individualized for them, all they have to do is ask," said Gerrad Slaton, the lead recreation assistant at the depot's Physical Fitness Center.

According to Slaton, consistency in your workout and eating habits is the key to losing weight and keeping it off.

For more information about the PFC or to schedule a time to create a personal workout plan, contact the Physical Fitness Center at 256-235-6385.


FINANCIAL PLANNING

The key to managing expenses within your salary is to plan ahead. ANAD's Employee Assistance Program can assist employees with developing a personal budget.

The Employee Assistance Program provides an assessment for employees, identifying issues, such as financial burdens, alcohol or drug use, which may affect productivity on the job.

If you would like to talk to someone in the EAP, call 256-240-3379 or 256-240-3182.


STOP DRINKING

For most adults, moderate alcohol use causes few, if any, problems.

But, for some, any alcohol use may lead to significant health problems or affect the ability to perform optimally at work.

Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive disease, genetically predisposed and fatal if untreated. However, people can and do recover. In fact, it is estimated that as many as 20 million individuals and family members are living lives after recovery.


Alcohol Facts from Recovery.org:

• Young men, ages 18-25, consistently have been found to have the highest prevalence of heavy alcohol use within the military.

• The rate for heavy alcohol use among young military males is also approximately twice the rate of their civilian counterparts.

• Women, overall, drink less than men. But, are more likely to experience adverse consequences, including damage to the heart muscle, liver and brain, trauma resulting from auto crashes, interpersonal violence and death.

• Alcohol can damage a fetus at any stage of pregnancy. Damage can occur in the earliest weeks of pregnancy, even before a woman knows that she is pregnant. Therefore, no amount of alcohol consumption can be considered safe during pregnancy.

• Moderate alcohol use is defined as up to two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women and older people. One drink equals one 12-ounce bottle of beer or wine cooler, one five-ounce glass of wine, or one and a half ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits.

If you or someone you love has a drinking or drug problem, contact ANAD's Army Substance Abuse Program at 256-235-6294 or 256-240-3182.


QUIT SMOKING

According to the American Cancer Society, about 36.5 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world. While cigarette smoking rates have dropped - from 42 percent in 1965 to 15.1 percent in 2015 - cigar, pipe, and hookah - other dangerous and addictive ways to smoke tobacco - are very much on the rise.

Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits at any age.

You can increase your chances of success with help. Getting help through counseling or medications can double or triple the chances of quitting successfully.

Contact ANAD's Army Substance Abuse Program at 256-235-6294 or 256-240-3182 for resources to help you kick the smoking habit.


VOLUNTEER MORE

In 2016, 92 volunteers at Anniston Army Depot gave 2,390 hours in support of depot programs, such as Christmas Cheer, the Wounded Warrior Hunt and the Making Tracks 5K.

Their efforts saved the installation $57,694.60.

From 2014 to 2016, $113,384.63 was been saved through the work of volunteers who assist with programs which enhance the lives of our depot employees; Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons; and the surrounding communities.

Volunteers are essential to the Army's mission. They selflessly give their time to the Army community by serving Soldiers, families, retirees and civilians.

Without volunteers, the Army's mission would not be fulfilled. Volunteers accomplish work which would have not been done otherwise, due to time and financial constraints.

Volunteers embody the Army Community Service's founding motto: "Self-help, Service and Stability" across the Army.

No matter where individuals volunteer in our community, they have the same goal in mind, to give back.

If you would like to volunteer and assist in various MWR programs on the installation, contact Amanda Mullinax at 256-741-5247.


BE A MENTOR

ANAD employees have the ability to give back to their community through mentoring.

In 1995, Anniston Army Depot, along with 13 other Army sites across the United States, was selected to participate in a project called Service to the Nation.

ANAD initiated a mentoring program in Calhoun County in 1996.

Currently, the depot's Mentoring Program partners with the Anniston, Oxford and Calhoun County school systems.

Volunteers from throughout the workforce spend one hour per week with a student who has been identified as at-risk to help make a difference in that child's life.

Being at-risk often simply means these students need a friend with some normalcy in their life.

The Mentoring Program is a one-on-one relationship through which an adult fosters the development of character and competence in a young person.

The focus is on the child and his or her thoughts, feelings and dreams.

If you would like to learn more about the depot's Mentoring Program, contact Marilyn Futrell at 256-741-5266.


SEEK A BETTER JOB

Interested in obtaining a better job?

The Employment Readiness Program offers assistance in the areas of employment, training and volunteer opportunities.

Services include job counseling, employment and education information, volunteer opportunities, goal setting, internet job search and résumé writing.

The program helps clients write résumés and cover letters. The ERP also assists with federal employment, career exploration, job-search strategies and interview skills.

For additional information about the depot's Employment Readiness Program, contact Johnnie Whitehead at 256-235-7445 or via email at johnnie.s.whitehead.civ@mail.mil.


GET MORE TRAINING

Are there courses you can take to enhance your ability to do your job? Talk with your training coordinator or the ANAD Training Office to learn how to get the courses you need.

Additionally, ANAD offers a variety of courses to enhance leadership skills. Some of these are found in the Army Family Team Building modules.

AFTB empowers individuals, maximizing their personal growth and professional development through specialized training, transforming our community into a resilient stalwart foundation, meeting today's military mission by building "Strong, Knowledgeable and Engaged Individuals and Communities."

The AFTB curriculum consists of three training levels, Military Knowledge Level, Personal Growth and Resiliency Level and Leadership Development Level.

Each directorate may request AFTB classes to assist in career development for their employees during directorate training hours.

AFTB classes are offered at the Army Community Service Building or online at www.myarmyonesource.com.

For more information about AFTB or to request classes, contact Amanda Mullinax at 256-741-5247 or via e-mail at amanda.c.mullinax.civ@mail.mil.