NEWS | Feb. 17, 2017

Fit to fight

By Airman 1st Class Megan Munoz Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Recently the Health and Wellness Center (HAWC) and the Airman and Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) have been working to ensure the financial and physical readiness of Team Charleston’s Airmen living in the dormitories.

The HAWC promotes and cultivates the four areas of human well-being; mental, spiritual, physical and social health. They offer a variety of lifestyle programs targeting tobacco prevention and cessation, healthy weight, nutritional and physical activity.

The A&FRC provides Airmen and their families the tools necessary for self-sufficiency, enhanced mission readiness and adaptation to the Air Force culture. The A&FRC also offers financial, family, relocation and transition assistance programs.

“A healthy diet enhances an Airman's ability to train, perform and stay physically fit,” said Alaine Mills, HAWC health promotion dietitian. “Eating healthy can also improve energy and concentration. This improves all aspects of physical and mental health, ensuring Airmen are fit for duty.”

“Poor money management can effect an Airman's readiness in multiple ways,” said Barbara Lang, A&FRC community readiness consultant. “In particular, if an Airman experiences money issues, it could negatively impact their security clearance. The member's commander then has the authority to investigate and suspend their security clearance.”

The Robert D. Gaylor Dining Facility here will be closing for building repairs March 1. During the 10 months the dining facility is closed, Airmen on meal cards will be receiving basic allowance for subsistence (BAS) II, a total of $736.58 per month.

The HAWC and A&FRC spoke at a Town Hall Meeting Feb. 3, and plan to speak at the next meeting, Feb. 23. At the meeting, members of the 628th Force Support Squadron (FSS), HAWC and A&FRC will share information on food services other than the dining facility, how to choose healthy options and how to effectively budget for meals.

In addition to the Town Hall Meetings, the HAWC will be holding a class in the Education Center at 2 p.m., March 2. The class is open to all members of Team Charleston, however, it will focus on cooking in the dorms, meal prepping and choosing healthy options when going out to eat.

For more information on eating healthy or healthy options on base, call the HAWC at (843) 963-4007. For more information on finances, call the A&FRC at (843) 963-4406. For more information on the Town Hall Meeting, call the 628th FSS at (843) 963-3595.