MICC wellness program promotes resilient workforce
Programs like the Wellness and Ready and Resilient programs are the Army's strategies for strengthening individual and unit personal readiness and fostering a culture of trust. The strategies provide training and resources to the Army family to enhance resilience and optimize performance. (Photo Credit: Army illustration) VIEW ORIGINAL

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (Sept. 23, 2020) -- The coronavirus global pandemic has changed the trajectory of how we handle our personal and professional lives whether it’s working with COVID-19 protocols, facing end-of-year closeout deadlines or other daily life, these stressors can affect our resiliency; however, there are many ways to take control of your health and general well-being.

Members of the Mission and Installation Contracting Command who are looking for ways to deal or maintain resiliency can seek assistance through the MICC Wellness Program, which offers employees resources to develop healthy lifestyles and enhance their quality of work and productivity.

“Since COVID-19 sent folks home to telework for the majority of time, my focus has shifted to virtual opportunities that hopefully keep folks educated, laughing and positive while offering resources to do the same,” said Jason Wild Sr., the MICC wellness coordinator at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas. “When presented with new situations, we must adapt and sometimes develop new coping mechanisms. When we do this, we become stronger, more resilient people and, overall, this improves the community around us while becoming a force multiplier for our families and in the workplace.”

The program provides information and tools for health assessment, physical fitness, healthy nutrition, stress management, general wellness education and tobacco cessation education.

“I gleaned from the wellness program several keys to a healthy living lifestyle,” said David Roberts, an antiterrorism and force protection physical security manager with the MICC G-2/3 Current Operations office. “I focused in on an anti-inflammation diet, which controls your body’s ability to fight chronic inflammation, realizing that long-term inflammation often occurs inside your body without any noticeable symptoms. This type of inflammation can drive illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, fatty liver disease and cancer. Maintaining a healthy diet of low sugar and low fat increases the likelihood of the body's ability to fight off chronic disease.”

The wellness program also underscores two commitments that the Army has made to Soldiers, DOD civilians and their families. It strengthens the Army Family Covenant's promises of improved, more holistic healthcare and service to families as well as the Army surgeon general's commitment to a focus on sustaining good health.

Focused on promoting health throughout the command in accordance with Army Regulation 600-63, Army Health Promotion, the program also promotes wellness by collaborating with multiple installations in order to ensure that virtual events promoting general wellness for all are available throughout the year.

“I love the classes that have been offered,” said Tosha Gordon-Alexander, an administration support assistant with the Field Directorate Office-Fort Sam Houston at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston. “I have attended three classes, and all were extremely useful, helping me to make life changes to better my health and life. I especially enjoyed the class that helped with making affordable, quick healthy meals. I went and purchased an Instapot. It was well worth. I appreciate the MICC for allowing me to gain the knowledge and even refresh what I learned years ago.”

The wellness program is a conduit between other Army resources like the Ready and Resilient Program and Employee Assistance Program.

The Army’s Ready and Resilient Program is the Army's strategy for strengthening individual and unit personal readiness and fostering a culture of trust. Ready and Resilient provides training and resources to the Army Family to enhance resilience and optimize performance. The strategy reinforces the Army Values, beliefs and attitudes, and educates members of the Army team about the importance of building connections with each other, taking care of one another, and being there to support fellow Soldiers.

Another resource is an installation Employee Assistance Program office. The program offers virtual opportunities for education and access to assistance for resolving issues to members of the MICC.

The Employee Assistance Program is a voluntary, work-based program that offers free and confidential assessments, short-term counseling, referrals and follow-up services to employees who have personal or work-related problems. EAPs address a broad and complex body of issues affecting mental and emotional well-being.

“Our goal is simple, align with the Army’s goal to offer wellness opportunities while promoting healthy lifestyles for our personnel throughout the command,” Wild said.

For more information about the wellness program and the resources it has to offer, call (210) 221-1199 or by email at usarmy.jbsa.acc-micc.list.hq-g1.

About the MICC:

Headquartered at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, the Mission and Installation Contracting Command consists of about 1,500 military and civilian members who are responsible for contracting goods and services in support of Soldiers as well as readying trained contracting units for the operating force and contingency environment when called upon. As part of its mission, MICC contracts are vital in feeding more than 200,000 Soldiers every day, providing many daily base operations support services at installations, facilitate training in the preparation of more than 100,000 conventional force members annually, training more than 500,000 students each year, and maintaining more than 14.4 million acres of land and 170,000 structures.

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