Free resources help DOD civilians maintain & improve their health

Drew Kuesel had his cholesterol checked recently by Karen McGinnis, health promotion specialist with Civilian Health Promotion Services. (U.S. Air Force photo/W. Eugene Barnett)

Drew Kuesel had his cholesterol checked recently by Karen McGinnis, health promotion specialist with Civilian Health Promotion Services. (U.S. Air Force photo/W. Eugene Barnett)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- The Air Force Materiel Command and Federal Occupational Health Civilian Health Promotion Services partnered to create opportunities to improve civilian health and well-being through health screenings, educational classes and awareness campaigns through the Civilian Health Promo Services.

“CHPS” core mission is to help sustain a safe, healthy, fit and ready civilian workforce,” said Baker, health promotion coordinator. 

Providing health screenings, education and resources, CHPS can help individuals overcome barriers to practice healthy behaviors.

“Two of our main services include our Cardiac Risk Profile screening and our health education classes." said Baker. “The CRP is available to Department of Defense civilians once per fiscal year and consists of cholesterol, blood sugar, body mass index and blood pressure measurements.”  Participants are encouraged to utilize walk-in hours in the CHPS office, located in Building. 571, Area B, Wright Field Fitness Center from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. on Mondays and Fridays.

As a mobile unit, CHPS staff can travel to buildings across both Area A and B offering the CRP screenings to the DoD Civilians.

The health promotion specialists can perform the test right in your office areas for your convenience.

The CHPS health education classes are opened to the public in various locations across the base or can be privately scheduled during Wingman days, Commander’s Call or any training opportunities. CHPS has a library of more than 50 classes, all medically reviewed. Classes include information on nutrition, physical activity, healthy heart practices, disease prevention, stress management,women’s & men’s health, and more.

"By teaching how to improve modifiable risk factors, we hope to inspire others to make health a priority." said Baker. 

Anyone interested in hosting a CRP health screening or health education class in a building near them or for any additional information please contact CHPS at 937-904-9674, by email at CHPSWrightPatterson@foh.hhs.gov or contact Sarah Baker directly at sarah.baker.6.ctr@us.af.mil