GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. —
Assessing a whole wing’s bodily well being and implementing evidence-based applications to affect wholesome life-style change is a troublesome process for one workplace.
That is the distinctive problem for Anna Ojczyk, the well being promotion program coordinator for the 319th Reconnaissance Wing.
As the only real member of the well being promotion workplace, Ojczyk does her finest to coach, help and forestall any opposed outcomes within the wing’s bodily readiness attributable to vitamin, bodily exercise, sleep, and tobacco and nicotine merchandise.
One evidence-based program Ojczyk began at Grand Forks Air Pressure Base is a vitamin targeted commissary tour for first-term airmen who’re recent out of fundamental coaching and technical faculty.
“I wished to present the younger airmen the chance to truly stroll by way of the commissary and discuss inexpensive methods to eat wholesome,” Ojczyk mentioned. “They’re within the retailer choosing up fruit and greens; we’re speaking about selecting lean meats, methods to make a baked potato within the microwave, how to decide on your fruit, examine costs, and methods to learn vitamin labels.”
Not all of her applications are targeted on teams; the well being promotion workplace additionally gives extra particular person care. The InBody 570 Physique Composition Analyzer affords airmen the power to evaluate their present physique composition.
“The InBody helps offer you a good suggestion of the place your physique is at,” Ojczyk mentioned. “I’ve individuals who come attempting to drop pounds, people who find themselves attempting to realize muscle and other people with all types of various targets.”
The physique composition device is a significantly better indicator of the place an individual’s physique is at in comparison with a scale mentioned frequent InBody person, Capt. Cody Cheyne, a bioenvironmental engineer with the 319th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron.
“At one level, I used to be utilizing the InBody as soon as per week,” Cheyne mentioned. “It’s a device that offers you a good suggestion of how your exercises are working for you and permits you to create a plan for your self.”
As soon as a person steps off the InBody, it gives an total physique composition evaluation printout that features a particular person’s weight damaged into whole water weight, dry lean mass and physique fats mass. The InBody additionally gives a muscle-fat evaluation, weight problems evaluation, a segmental lean evaluation, together with a couple of different areas to present customers a very good baseline of the place their bodily well being stands.
Ojczyk mentioned the 319th Civil Engineering Squadron fireplace division, reached out to her for assist in bettering their sleep deprivation countermeasures.
“These sleep pointers guarantee members are given sufficient time for high quality sleep the following day in the event that they, for example, needed to battle a fireplace all evening,” Ojczyk mentioned.
Whereas fire-fighters could encounter fireplace websites with poisonous smoke, and fumes, Ojczyk and the well being promotion workplace have their very own dangerous carcinogens to fight.
“I present tobacco cessation companies, largely linking individuals with assets,” Ojczyk mentioned. “If individuals name me and say they need to stop utilizing tobacco, vaping or nicotine merchandise, I can hyperlink them to the assets accessible to them.”
Cessation isn’t all in regards to the nicotine person, it’s additionally about eliminating second-hand smoke publicity. The well being promotion workplace together with Col. Timothy Curry, the commander of the 319th RW, guarantee Grand
Forks AFB stays a tobacco-free set up by prohibiting tobacco use, in all however designated tobacco areas.
Making impactful well being adjustments inside a whole base inhabitants – tobacco utilization, dietary diets, bodily health and sleeping patterns – is not any small process.
Ojczyk mentioned whereas she’s only one particular person, she’s keen to assist level individuals in the fitting route for the assistance they want.
“The overarching aim is to advertise a wholesome life-style,” Ojczyk mentioned. “We all know that habits change doesn’t simply occur with data, you could have the talents and the power in addition to an atmosphere.”
Grand Forks AFB is constantly dedicated to bettering the bodily atmosphere for airmen in hopes the wholesome selection is the simple selection. The above data contains just a few examples of how the well being promotion workplace can and has had an affect. Airmen, civilian staff, supervisors, senior leaders and commanders with questions on how the well being promotion workplace can help, a person or office, ought to attain out to the well being promotion workplace at 701-747-5918 or by way of the Grand Forks AFB well being promotion Fb web page.