Civilian Health Promotion Services
By Senior Airman Mackenzie Richardson, 92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
/ Published February 13, 2018
FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- In 2006, after multiple reports of premature cardiovascular deaths among the civilian workforce, Air Force Materiel Command implemented Civilian Health Promotion Services, a program for employees to baseline their current physical condition, get professional advice on achieving improvements and monitor progress toward better health.
CHPS recently expanded to Air Mobility Command as a two-year pilot program to enhance civilian support services across the Air Force and is currently available for Air Force Department of Defense civilians at select AFMC and AMC installations.
“AMC has provided our civilians with a great opportunity to get or stay healthy,” said Will Saultes, 92nd Aerospace Medical Squadron health promotion coordinator. “There is something for everyone! Wellness challenges, healthy lifestyle trackers, a resource library, health awareness campaigns and virtual wellness coaching.”
CHPS provides free services to help employees improve quality of life, reduce risk of preventable health conditions, increase awareness of nutrition and health, provide opportunities for lifestyle changes through wellness screenings and health education in person and online.
The program offers a wide variety of health education programs such as nutrition, heart health, pain, sleep, oral health, stress, cancer, safety and chronic conditions. Classes typically run 30-60 minutes, can be presented in various types of settings and are available to civilians and active duty.
The AFMC Wellness Support Center is a wellness website with resources for civilians and active duty members. The site provides users with articles, quizzes, activity logs and more, to help assist in reaching health-related goals. Common goals often include eating better, being more active or losing weight.
“I definitely encourage our civilian workforce to explore CHPS and the AFMC Wellness website to learn more about the free resources that are now available to them,” said Saultes.
CHPS also has the capability to support small civilian-populated installations by providing annual visits for wellness services. These services include body composition screenings and cardiac risk profile screenings; one of the most important steps to take to maintain health and wellbeing.
For more information on Civilian Health Promotion Services, visit AFMCwellness.com.