An Evaluation of Army Wellness Center Clients’ Health-Related Outcomes
This new paper analyzes in detail the effectiveness of the Army Wellness Center (AWC) model as a health promotion program for US military.
The Army Wellness Center (AWC) model was designed to deliver individual- and group-based health education services that promote and sustain healthy lifestyles and improve overall well-being among Army community members. The AWC health educators (HEs) deliver the model by conducting health assessments, providing feedback and education, and coaching their clients through 6 core pro- grams.
Physical fitness assessment program includes Cardiorespiratory Fitness test (performed with COSMED Fitmate PRO) and body fat percentage (performed with COSMED BOD POD).
The study findings show that "Army Wellness Center (AWC) clients with at least 1 follow-up outcome assessment experienced improvements in military readiness correlates and chronic disease risk factors. Evaluation design and follow-up-related limitations notwithstanding results suggest that best practices in WHPPs can effectively serve a globally distributed military force".
The article details are the following:
- Title: "An Evaluation of Army Wellness Center Clients' Health-Related Outcomes"
- Authors: Rivera LO, Ford JD, Hartzell MM, Hoover TA.
- Published in:Am J Health Promot. 2018 Jan 1:890117117753184.
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