FORT STEWART, Ga. - While Civilian Fitness participants completed their six-month exercise program in late September, a new round of participants were preparing for their health program at Fort Stewart, Oct. 17.

"The Civilian Fitness Program is a promotional health program submitted by the Army," Devin Bradley, facility manager at Newman Fitness Center, said. "It's a program for Army Civilians to engage in physical activities and education to encourage them to adopt good eating habits and physical fitness."

Participants exercise physical fitness activities for an hour, three times per week and the program is limited to 25 participants. It reflects the five components of fitness in the areas of cardiovascular, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and body composition. It encourages participants to adopt an active lifestyle while developing healthier eating habits.

According to the Army Health Promotion, Army Regulation 600-63, supervisors may approve up to three hours of administrative leave per week to allow employees to participate in command sponsored physical exercise training as part of a total fitness program and limited to six months.

"It is an honor and a privilege to be able to exercise during work hours," Alicia Hite, fitness participant and a Directorate of Public Works resident liaison, said. "My goals are to get in shape, build endurance and, hopefully, lose weight."

Hite said that her expectation is to improve her initial physical training evaluation. At the end of the six-month program, the participants are given a PT re-evaluation, which yields progress and improvement.

"I want to see extreme improvement on my physical self as a whole," she said. "You will get what you put into your work outs, so I'm going to put my all."

Monica Johnson, a former participant at Hunter Army Airfield and a Civilian from Hunter's Official and Distribution Center, said that she lost a few pounds and improved her flexibility.

"We had an assessment at the beginning of the program," she said. "The assessments that were measured, I progressed in. [My expectations] were to be more toned and improve my appearance, and I was able to do that with the this program."

"The mission is to get physically fit," said Bradley during an interview in June. "They receive education on stress management, nutrition and how to get an exercise program started."

For more information about the Civilian Fitness Program, call 912-767-3031.