FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- More and more agencies are adopting fitness and wellness programs in the work environment to show support for employees.

Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation offers the FMWR Civilian Employee Wellness and Fitness Program for Fort Jackson.

Open registration starts today and will end Nov. 19. All participants must submit a signed participation form from their supervisor. The form and a welcome packet can be picked up from the information table located outside the aerobics room in the Solomon Center.

The welcome packet includes the dates of the program, a space for people to document the days and times of the week authorized to participate in the program,and the location of the fitness/exercise program.

An orientation is scheduled for Tuesday. A temporary clinic will be set up in the aerobics room where body mass index and health assessments will be taken all day. The data gathering will be performed by staffed fitness trainers. Participants must have authorization signed by a supervisor.

Nov. 19 will be the official start of the program.

The program jump-starts the holidays with a "Couch to a 5K" event. The Couch to a 5K is one of many options offered to civilian employees. Participants can still work out at the gym and take part in aerobics classes. The Couch to a 5K is a nine-week event.

Civilians can also sign up for the President's Challenge. This selfpaced program is designed to motivate participants to improve their fitness and wellness by tracking and rewarding their efforts. To enroll, visit

For more information, call 751-5768 or visit