Fort Hood re-launched its Resiliency Campus and unveiled its Soldier and Family Fit Facility on Tuesday morning with a mission to improve the lifestyles of soldiers and members of the Fort Hood community.
“Our mission is to provide meaningful, evidence-based solutions to members of our community to help elevate their lives,” said Col. Patricia Darnauer, Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center commander. “(The) wellness centers are part of a broader public health effort focusing on installation by installation level health promotion and wellness. The wellness center provides an environment where individuals can make personal choices about healthy living within their own self-reported needs.”
Capt. Jason Norwood, resiliency program commandant, said the re-launch of the Resiliency Campus is due to an increased synergy between various agencies, the incorporation of new programs and the revamping of programs already in existence.
“Basically, we just enabled ourselves to incorporate the different agencies and facilities in a new fashion, oriented to developing threats to our resiliency throughout the Fort Hood community,” he said. “We want to re-dedicate ourselves not just to the soldiers but also to the families, friends, contractors and DA civilians that we serve here.”
The Soldier and Family Fit Facility is comprised of five programs — the Army Wellness Center, the Weigh to Live program, an executive wellness assessment program, a tobacco cessation program, a self-care program and stress management.
“Having all of these programs co-located will help members of the community engage in one-stop-shopping for services designed to improve their lifestyle and help them reach new fitness and personal performance goals,” Darnauer said. “The resiliency campus will provide real solutions for soldiers, families and our civilians here at the Great Place. We are committed to positively influencing the health of the force and the health of our nation.”
Fort Hood is no stranger to challenging operational tempo and deployment, and the center will facilitate readiness and resiliency while strengthening and improving unit readiness, said Maj. Gen. Anthony Ierardi, deputy commander of III Corps and Fort Hood.
“After a number of years of this, and after some challenging times for our soldiers and their families, the Army recognizes the importance of enduring programs such as our readiness and resiliency program to enhance readiness in our units,” he said. “With so much to offer, the resiliency campus enables us to take a proactive role in aiding our soldiers and families before a problem begins.”
Norwood said the re-launch was underway before the April 2 shooting on post, but following the event it was taken into consideration as part of the facilities re-dedication.
“Our objective is to be as proactive as possible and not retroactive,” he said. “We want to prevent the crisis; this is a preventative program. We are trying to keep ahead of any negative crisis that may happen.”
Norwood said the facility will also be beneficial as troops continue to return from deployment.