HAWC features mission and more at expo

39th Air Base Wing
Story by Staff Sgt. Kali Gradishar

Date: 03.26.2012
Posted: 05.10.2012 01:02
News ID: 88187
Hawc features mission and more at expo

ADANA, Turkey - The Health and Wellness Center staff hosted a health expo March 23 featuring a variety of health-related services available on base. <br /> <br /> "The purpose of the health expo was to open the HAWC to the community to see offerings we have and to bring the [39th Medical Group representatives] in to be able to showcase the resources they have available," said Tech. Sgt. Michelle Hardin, non-commissioned officer in charge of the Health and Wellness Center. <br /> <br /> "This is the first time in a long time we've done something this big of this nature," Hardin said. <br /> <br /> In attendance at the expo were representatives from the dental flight, fire department, ambulatory services, mental health, physical therapy and many others. A number of Team Incirlik members toured the Health and Wellness Center halls, visiting the various information booths and taking advantage of the many services provided during the expo. <br /> <br /> Medics and Health and Wellness Center staff members provided blood pressure screenings, body fat measurements, running shoe assessments and food safety demonstrations. <br /> <br /> "Bringing the community into the building showed we're not here to harp on people for failing their [physical fitness assessments] and losing weight," Hardin said. "We showed that there's a lot more to offer."<br /> <br /> The whole purpose of the Health and Wellness Center is to "promote a healthy lifestyle for our airmen," she added. <br /> <br /> While the Health and Wellness Center provides an abundance of information, services and programs, there is a handful most often used by Health and Wellness Center customers and others of which many people are not aware.<br /> <br /> "A lot of people don't know we have the aqua massager or that we have a gym," Hardin noted. "Right now, the Bod Pod is very popular, and so is the gait analysis."<br /> <br /> The Bod Pod is an egg-shaped machine that assesses one's body composition and resting metabolic rate. Coupled with advice from the exercise physiologist and the Health and Wellness Center, the Bod Pod can provide a starting point, way point and assessment of results from one's fitness efforts. <br /> <br /> The gait analysis program provides an evaluation of one's running technique for the assessor to explain inefficiencies and dysfunctions in running style. <br /> <br /> Running and push-up improvement classes, physical training leader and fitness assessment cell augmenter courses, fitness classes, healthy weight classes and commissary tours are also available through the Health and Wellness Center.<br /> <br /> For more information on Health and Wellness Center programs and opportunities, call DSN 676-4292.