CHPS coordinators focus on wellness of AFMC workforce

Civilian Health Promotion Services coordinators from across Air Force Materiel Command met in April to discuss strategies to enhance the health and well-being of the AFMC workforce. (Courtesy photo)

Civilian Health Promotion Services coordinators from across Air Force Materiel Command met in April to discuss strategies to enhance the health and well-being of the AFMC workforce. (Courtesy photo)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Enhancing the health and well-being of the Air Force Materiel Command workforce was the focus of the Civilian Health Promotion Services coordinators meeting held here in April. As stated in the 2016 AFMC strategic plan, "Our people are AFMC's most precious resource." AFMC leadership's support and funding of the CHPS program has allowed the 66,000-person civilian workforce to have access to worksite wellness resources to monitor their health status and motivate lifestyle behavior change.

The meeting was held at the surgeon general's office of the command's headquarters, and it was the first time in CHPS' 10-year history that coordinators from all AFMC installations met as a group with the AFMC Health and Wellness team and Federal Occupational Health program managers. The focus of the meeting was to discuss future planning and program development.

Following opening remarks from Col. Janice Wallace, AFMC command surgeon, the health promoters discussed strategies on how to improve employee engagement in wellness activities, empower individuals for lifestyle behavior change and evaluate program success. With the support of AFMC installation commanders, CHPS has conducted more than 25 health awareness campaigns and wellness challenges to enhance the quality of life for the workforce over the past 10 years. Upcoming wellness program initiatives include: Fight the Bite to prevent mosquito-borne diseases such as the Zika and West Nile viruses, and Keeping your Cool when dealing with anger issues.

For more information regarding CHPS wellness activities, visit http://www.afmcwellness.com/ or contact your local CHPS team.