The U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC) hosted its seventh annual Health Fair at ATEC Headquarters on Aberdeen Proving Ground Nov. 7.

In a work environment, there will always be stressors employees must face. This annual event gives the workforce an opportunity to de-stress and learn about some of the resources available to them to support their overall health and well-being.

"Health fairs are a great opportunity to learn about community resources and services available to you and your family; to increase health awareness; and to have fun," said Valerie Pogue, ATEC's wellness program coordinator. "As the coordinator for this year's health fair, my hope is that the workforce leaves the event feeling informed and empowered to continue their journey towards achieving optimal health and wellness."

This year, ATEC had its own vendor table to display the stand-up desk ergonomic option made available to the civilian and military workforce by the command. ATEC's safety and occupational health department educated personnel about the health benefits of having one of these desks at your workstation.

"Technology has moved us to a place where we are the most productive when we're sitting in front of our computer, and even though we're told to take breaks and move about the office, this doesn't always occur," said Barbara Donahue, senior safety engineer. "The sit stand desk allows users to get a lot of the benefits they would otherwise get from taking breaks and walking around, but with a lot less interruption."

Overall, employees were pleased with what this year's health fair had to offer.

"Not only can you visit the different vendor tables, but you become aware of the different establishments within the county and the programs and services that are available," said Olivia McMillan, an ATEC contract specialist. "There were several organizations here that I didn't even know existed."

The vendors that participated in this year's health fair included: APG's Family Assistance Program, Federal Credit Union, and Suicide Prevention Services; Army Wellness Center; ATEC Headquarters Safety and Occupational Health; Beach Bee Yoga; Bel Air Center for Plastic and Hand Surgery; Bike Doctor of Bel Air; Carefirst-Blue Cross/Blue Shield; Chesapeake Urology; Freedom Federal Credit Union; Harford Commute Smart; Harford County Health Department's Cancer Prevention Program and Tobacco Prevention Program; Johns Hopkins Breast Center; Klein's ShopRite Pharmacies; Medstar Radiology Network; Optimal Spine Chiropractic; ReeCreating Wellness; Smoothie King; Susquehanna Spine and Rehab; University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health Community Outreach; and Wilmer Eye Institute. Each vendor provided literature to the workforce outlining their services offered.