By Mr. Kenneth Fidler (IMCOM)May 1, 2008
YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea - Helping people make healthy life choices is not just a job for Sun Gaskey; it's her passion. And she's taking her message to the community by stepping up awareness of health promotion topics to help people make healthy life choices.
"If people don't know how to manage stress or anger, live an unhealthy life style and drink a lot, it's all connected," said Gaskey, the health promotion and fitness coordinator for U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan. "Eventually, in the future, you will see the effects of all these problems, medically and mentally."
Gaskey partnered with Vanessa Mitchell, USAG-Yongsan Army Substance Abuse Program coordinator, at the Main Exchange April 30 to deliver their messages personally to community members. "We plan to do this each month presenting different health promotion topics," Gaskey said.
They made available literature on alcohol abuse, stress and anger management, sexually transmitted disease prevention, and fitness programs.
Mitchell and Gaskey asked people to complete a short, four-question, informal survey of their alcohol use patterns.
"Most people say they don't drink," Mitchell said. "I hope that's true, and if so, that's good news to me. But we also know that there are people who may need help, and we're here for them."
If someone answered yes to two or more of the questions, then Mitchell will send them information. "I feel that there may be a problem and they may need to seek assistance," she said.
Capt. Uche Heyward, of the USFK Protocol Office, stopped by the table and thanked Mitchell and Gaskey.
"It's a great thing to do, especially if you have Soldiers who may have problems," Heyward said. "That way, they have the facilities and support and point them in the right direction."
Gaskey said she was happy with the response from those who completed the informal survey and took informational materials.
"Many people responded, and I know some people may be experiencing problems, but just don't know how to talk about it," Gaskey said. "I know one individual who did the survey may have had problems connected with stress management, anger management and depression. So I asked him to take my phone numbers and told him to call me. I'm here to help."