The Army Wellness Center has officially moved its offices and is now located in the heart of Fort Hood, just off Tank Destroyer Boulevard.
Rebecca Langford, supervisory health education with the AWC, said the entire Resiliency Campus will be moving into the Shoemaker Center in the coming months, but the AWC moved early … not to the Shoemaker Center, but to buildings 36031 and 36053, behind the Shoemaker Center.
“The space in the Shoemaker Center wasn’t sufficient for our needs,” Langford said, explaining that officials from Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center were able to work with the Directorate of Public Works to obtain the buildings that would meet space requirements.
Langford said the move places them inside newer buildings, which will feature three fitness testing suites and will allow everyone to have an individual office to conduct metabolic testing and health coaching.
The newer facilities also include a much larger classroom, which will allow the health educators to teach 50 or more people at once. Langford explained that while they still have the ability to go out into the community to teach classes, it will provide them with the space to conduct more in-house classroom training.
“It will improve our training by allowing larger groups to come to our facilities and see what kind of testing we do on a daily basis,” Elizabeth McNutt, health educator for the AWC, said.
McNutt said she also believes the move will make it more convenient for their clients, because they are closer to CRDAMC and more visible to the public. Langford said the new buildings are also wheelchair assessable, which will make it easier for clients with disabilities to visit the AWC.
Langford said a lot of people see them for weight loss assistance, with the Bod Pod being somewhat famous for everything it does. She said the Bod Pod does a body composition test, determining a person’s fat mass, lean body mass and body fat percentage. Use of the Bod Pod also allows the health educators to track a person’s progress and determine if they are losing weight the right way.
“If you’re losing weight, you can come in and see if you’re losing fat, not muscle,” Langford said, “and if it’s the other way around, we will work with you on your diet and exercise.”
The AWC also acquired three K5 metabolic systems, which measure the volume of oxygen consumed by someone. Annette Lemanski, applications and training specialist with COSMED, said the K5 measures a person’s cardiovascular fitness by testing their metabolic levels at rest and during exercise. Through the use of the K5, the health specialists at the AWC will be able to provide an individualized training regime to their clients.
Langford said the AWC can help Soldiers on the Army Body Composition Program, who need to lose some excess weight. The health educators can also help Soldiers prepare for the upcoming Army Combat Fitness Test.
AWC is located in buildings 36031 and 36053, just off Tank Destroyer Boulevard and 58th Street. Referrals are not necessary and appointments can be made by calling the AWC at 254-553-6196.