REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (October 24, 2012) -- The U.S. Army Materiel Command hosted a wellness fair for its headquarters employees here, Wednesday.

"In the spirit of Health of the Force [a Department of the Army program], we're trying to get employees to be more proactive when it comes to their psychological and physical wellness," said Roderick 'Skip' Johnson, a Substance Abuse/Suicide Prevention Program Manager for the AMC Wellness Division.

Health of the Force is an Army-wide program designed to maximize the readiness, morale and quality of life for personnel and their families. The program includes physical and mental well-being programs, such as the Army's Suicide Prevention Stand Down.

"Typically, we don't go to the health care provider unless something is broken," Johnson said. "So why not bring the providers to them."

The wellness fair offered: blood pressure screenings, vascular/vein screenings, breast cancer awareness, family support services, health and fitness activities, home care and hospice services information, hiking and biking Information, employee assistance information, substance abuse resources, crisis resources, veterans' services, TRICARE and spiritual fitness.

The Huntsville Hospital mobile unit was onsite offering: blood glucose, cholesterol, bone density and body mass index screenings.

"Together, the wellness division called their contacts from installation and community health care providers," Anthony Arcuri, AMC's Business and Wellness Division Chief said. "It turned into a first class event for the AMC employees."

Participating in the wellness fair were: Crestwood Medical Center, Crisis Center of North Huntsville, Comprehensive Soldier Fitness-Performance and Resilience Enhancement Program, Redstone Arsenal's Army Substance Abuse Program, Fleet Feet, Fox Army Health Center, Gentiva Home Care, Huntsville Hospital Breast Center, Land Trust of North Alabama, Moral Welfare Recreation, Sterling Health and Wellness Inc., TRICARE, Veteran's Center, Huntsville Hospital Mobile Unit and Wiregrass Hospice by Gentiva.