RESILIENCY AND WELLNESS

AT FORT MEADE

(See Fort Meade Overview Map for locations of resiliency facilities.)

Fort Meade, as well as many Army installations around the country, has developed a resiliency campus to promote the concept of Comprehensive Soldier Fitness and provide hands-on training and support to Soldiers, family members and DA civilians.

The goal of Fort Meade’s resiliency campus is building strong, healthy service members, families and civilians. The mission is accomplished through a combination of military and civilian agencies that work together to enhance strength of all things spiritual, emotional, social, family and physical within individuals.

The Fort Meade Resiliency Shield was designed by the Fort Meade Alliance, in partnership with the Fort Meade Community Health Promotion Council. The logo was created as part of an effort to assist the Fort Meade community in identifying resiliency programs and facilities throughout the installation. The Fort Meade Resiliency Shield is a combination of individual shields that support the five pillars of resiliency – Family, Emotional, Physical, Spiritual and Social.

For additional information about Fort Meade’s Resiliency Campus, visit: ftmeade.army.mil/community

Listed below are services and resources located on Fort Meade that promote resiliency:

Army Community Services: 830 Chisholm Ave. Education and programs are designed to enhance resilience and well-being. Individual, group and family sessions include Financial Readiness, Family Team Building, Communication/Conflict Resolution, and Anger and Stress Management. Hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For an appointment, call 301-677-5590.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills: The two-day ASIST Training Workshop open to all Fort Meade DoD ID cardholders. The workshop is designed to familiarize and prepare professional gatekeepers to successfully interact with individuals to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. The focus is on the warning signs of suicide and practical steps taken to intervene with confidence. Call 301-677-7984 to request training.

Army Wellness Center: 4418 Llewellyn Avenue. The AWC operates under the aegis of the Preventive Medicine Services Division at Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center. The facility offers free, holistic health services to help service members, their family members, retirees and DoD civilians to build and sustain a healthy lifestyle and prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. For an appointment, call 301-677-2006.

Fort Meade Army Substance Abuse Prevention Program: 2464 85th Medical Battalion Road. The ASAP provides substance abuse prevention, treatment and referral services for active-duty service members, family members, retirees, and DoD civilians 18 years of age and older. Walk in services available Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For an appointment, call 301-677-7121.

Fort Meade Education Center: 8601 Zimborski Ave. The Education Center provides information about financial aid, education counseling, tuition assistance, and GI Bill information. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, call 301-677-6421.

Fort Meade Legal Assistance Office: 4217 Roberts Ave., Room 120. Services include drafting and notarization of Powers of Attorney and document notary. Please call for appointments for Adoption, Naturalization and Immigration, Sales Contracts and Leases, Taxation issues and other services. Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For an appointment, call 301-677-9504/9536.

Fort Meade Military Family Life Consultants (MFLC), Argonne Hills Chapel: 7100 Rockenbach Road and Grandea Avenue. Soldiers and families are entitled to six confidential, prepaid, face-to-face counseling sessions. MFLC counselors can help Soldiers and families problem solve with issues resulting from deployment, reunions, reintegration, and other times of change such as Marriage and Relationship Issues, Family Issues, Stress and Anxiety, Depression, Grief and Loss, Anger Management, and Parent and Child Communication. To schedule an appointment, call 301-677-3784/3785, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Gaffney and Murphy Fitness Centers: Murphy Field House, 8451 Zimborksi Avenue, 301-677-2402. Gaffney Fitness Center, 6330 Broadfoot Road, 301-677-3716/3724. Both centers are open Monday through Friday 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.; weekends and holidays 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fort Meade fitness centers provide physical training to improve fitness and well being, including running and run events, swimming, aerobics, spin classes, racquetball, weights and machines, and intramural sports for DoD ID cardholders and families.

Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center (KACC): 2480 Llewellyn Ave. Hours for services are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For an appointment, call 301-677-8800. KACC provides health care, medical treatment and health classes, including Tobacco Cessation, Self-Care, Childbirth Education, Pregnancy and Postpartum Health, Nutritional Care, Weight Management and Environmental Health.

Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center Behavioral Health Department: 2481 Llewellyn Ave., 2nd floor. The Fort Meade Behavioral Health Clinic provides emergency walk-in services for active-duty service members, family members, retirees and DoD civilians of all ages. Ongoing Behavioral Health Services are only available to Active Duty Service Members who receive their primary care at Kimbrough. Walk-in services are available Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For an appointment, call 301-677-8791.

Religious Support Office, Main Post Chapel: 4419 Llewellyn Ave. The Religious Support Office provides religious services, pastoral counseling, religious education, Bible studies, youth groups, choirs and retreats. Services are regularly conducted for the major faith groups—Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and Muslim. Nondenominational services and activities are also held at various locations around post. Hours for services vary per chapel. Call 301-677-4337 for more information.

Soldier and Family Assistance Center: 2462 85th Medical Battalion Road. A one-stop location designed to provide support services regarding finances, child care, family advocacy, budgeting, chaplain assistance, legal assistance, military personnel issues, logistics and transportation, installation access, benefits counseling, education, and employment opportunities. Hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For an appointment, call 301-677-6930.

Wellness at Fort Meade

A year of health and wellness

In September 2013, Fort Meade was selected as one of 11 military installation pilot sites to participate in the Healthy Base Initiative, a demonstration project for the Defense Department’s Operation Live Well which is aimed at increasing the health and wellness of the total force, including civilians and family members.

As part of this yearlong demonstration project, Fort Meade was observed for its ability to create environments that enable sustainable healthy lifestyles. Some of the positive changes that came about as part of HBI were a weekly farmer’s market, changes to the food menu at the installation dining hall and the opening of the Wellness Center. Plans are also underway to have the installation fitness center go to 24-hour operations.

One of the first Healthy Base Initiatives at Fort Meade was the opening of Wellness Center in July 2013. The grand opening was attended by local leaders and congressional representatives including Sen. Barbara Mikulski. The senator was instrumental in making sure Fort Meade was selected to participate in the HBI.

The Army Wellness Center offers a mix of standardized core of health services: a health assessment review, which is an analysis of the person’s health status, risk for disease and ability to exercise safely; physical fitness testing and exercise prescription; healthy nutrition using metabolic testing to provide individualized strategies for weight loss, gain or maintenance; stress management using biofeedback to reduce stress; general wellness education through classes on topics such as healthy lifestyles, increased resiliency and self-care; and tobacco education using assessments to determine a person’s readiness to become tobacco-free.

It is open to service members and their families and DoD civilians.

Another aspect of the HBI was the Fort Meade Farmers Market. The market opened every Wednesday, from May through October, and featured fresh and local fruits and vegetables, free-range meats, quality heirloom vegetables, herbs and annuals, flowers, jams, baked goods and breads. Vendors were all local to the region, and included multigenerational farms and one that was veteran-owned.

To make the products sold at the market affordable for everyone, Fort Meade partnered with Wholesome Waves, an organization that implements programs to increase affordability and access to healthy, locally grown fruits and vegetables.

The farmers market is scheduled to return to Fort Meade in May of 2015.

Even before Fort Meade was selected to participate in HBI, efforts at the Freedom Inn dining facility were underway to offer healthier food options. Changes to the facility’s menu were also part of the Army’s Go for Green initiative, a nutrition education program for Army dining facilities.

The facility has been tracking the popularity of its healthier fare. Currently, about one-third of service members are eating green. Go for Green provides a nutritional-recognition labeling system that provides service members with a quick assessment of the nutritional value of menu offerings and food products in the dining facility.

The menu offerings and food items are labeled green (eat often), amber (eat occasionally), and red (eat rarely) based on the impact the food can have on a service member’s performance.

Physical fitness is an important part of any healthy lifestyle and in order to facilitate the schedules of those who live and work on the base, the installation plans on having its gym operate around the clock. Fort Meade also received funds to support efforts to reduce tobacco usage.

While the HBI will end in 2014, healthy changes at the installation are still going strong and are making a difference to increase the health and wellness of the total force at Fort Meade, including civilians and family members.