By Mrs. Courtney W Gilbert (ATEC)November 7, 2019
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- The U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC) hosted its eighth annual health fair at ATEC Headquarters on Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) Nov. 4.
"The ATEC health fair gives the workforce time to think about their health and well-being," said Valerie Pogue, ATEC's wellness program coordinator. "They're able to learn about health topics that maybe they hadn't given any thought to, and they can see what services are available here in the community."
This year, ATEC's health fair welcomed four new vendors: Salt Works Spa, AVP Massage, Cryo Wellness Spa, and ATEC's Disability and Sexual Harassment Assault Prevention (SHARP) Program.
ATEC's safety department returned as a vendor to display the stand-up desk option available to the workforce. Also on display at their booth was ergonomic equipment from the U.S. Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory's Ergonomics Lab at APG.
"Employees can visit the lab to examine ergonomic equipment on loan from vendors," said Derrick Butler, ATEC's safety and occupational health manager. "This is an opportunity to try the equipment to determine if it works for you."
ATEC's Disability and SHARP table provided information on the reporting requirements for victims of sexual harassment and sexual assault and information on the reasonable accommodation process.
Overall, employees appreciated the variety of vendors at this year's event.
"I thought the health fair was informative," said Kimber Hill, ATEC program analyst. "The health fair was very diverse and well-rounded, and it gave a lot of different information."
The vendors that participated in this year's health fair included: APG Federal Credit Union; Army Community Services; Army Wellness Center; ATEC Disability and Sharp Program; ATEC Safety Department; AVP Massage; Beach Bee Yoga; Bel Air Plastic and Hand Surgery; Bike Doctor of Bel Air; Carefirst-Blue Cross/Blue Shield; Cryo Wellness Spa; Freedom Federal Credit Union; Harford Commute Smart; Harford County Health Department Cancer and STI Prevention; Harford County Master Gardeners; Johns Hopkins Breast Center; Klein's ShopRite Pharmacy; Maryland Vascular Specialists; MedStar Health Radiology Network; Optimal Spine Chiropractic; ReeCreating Wellness; Salt Works Spa; Smoothie King; University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake HealthLink; and University of Maryland Diabetes and Endocrine Center. Each vendor provided literature to the workforce outlining their services offered.