The Army Wellness Center (AWC) Program helps Soldiers and retirees, their families, and Army civilians build and sustain good health. It empowers them to set their own health goals and achieve them. It addresses lifestyle change in areas that affect both short- and long-term health, engaging people in their “lifespace”—the places where they live, work, relax and rest.
AWCs & Army units
• Improve unit readiness and support physical fitness standards by targeting the physical fitness and performance of Soldiers.
• Help avoid overtraining and related injuries—the right amount of time exercising yields optimal results.
• Reduce lost- and limited-duty time due to injury.
AWCs & medical providers
• Provide a tool to address lifestyle behaviors holistically and over time.
• Programs are evidence-based and leverage technology to help clients succeed.
• Allow for medical provider direction and oversight of patient progress through AHLTA documentation and PCMH integration.
AWCs & you
• You set the goals; the AWC staff puts you on the path to achieving them and walks the path with you.
• Programs are individualized to address your current needs, motivation and confidence level.
• Programs are free! From private sources this testing would cost about $3,000.
How the AWC Program works
• The AWC Program is a U.S. Army Medical Command Program overseen by the Army Public Health Center.
• Staffed by health educators who deliver primary prevention programs. (Primary prevention occurs before disease, injury or disability occurs.)
• Referrals can be made to AWCs by medical providers or unit commanders. Self-referrals are always welcome and can be made by contacting AWCs directly.
Core programs offered at AWCs
The AWC approach to service is holistic. AWC staff members take into account all of an individual’s physical, psychological and social circumstances when providing services. A holistic approach is important because a person’s health cannot be fully addressed unless we consider the whole person.
• Health Assessment Review: Analyze individual’s health status, risk for disease, and ability to increase physical activity safely.
• General Wellness Education: Facilitate classes on topics such as healthy sleep habits, resiliency, healthy lifestyles, preventing chronic disease through healthy living habits and self-care.
• Physical Fitness: Utilize state-of-the-art equipment to assess physical fitness level and design individualized exercise prescription to achieve health/fitness goals.
• Health Nutrition Education: Administer metabolic testing to precisely measure individual’s resting metabolic rate and provide tailored strategies for weight loss, gain or maintenance.
• Stress Management: Provide biofeedback training and education to improve individual’s ability to respond effectively to prolonged stress, build resilience and develop positive coping strategies.
• Tobacco Education: Assess individual’s readiness to change, explore options for tobacco-free living and provide general tobacco education.
As the Army Wellness Center (AWC) is an appointment-based center, it is imperative that our customers and center staff establish a cooperative partnership to adhere to appointment times. AWC will make every effort to see participants in a timely manner. We strongly encourage participants to arrive 10 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment time to allow for completion of in-processing paperwork. Participants who arrive 10 minutes or more late may be asked to reschedule. If you cannot make your scheduled appointment, please call and reschedule.
This will aid in timely flow, decreased wait times, and will allow other participants to book an appointment.
Risk Stratification Guidelines
Participant risk stratification is calculated to reduce risk of health hazards or injury during fitness testing, and follows American College of Sports Medicine guidelines. Participants placed in the “high risk” category may be unable to complete the exercise test during the day of their appointment, but will be able to fully participate in all other testing. Individual risk assessment will be performed by AWC staff to determine eligibility of “high risk” participants.
"High risk" participants advised not to participate in an exercise test on the day of their appointment will be required to seek physician clearance to gain approval for exercise testing.