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Highlights of the February 2014 Issue


MILITARY FITNESS:
Camp Lejeune Unveils Largest Marine Corps Fitness Center

 

Camp Lejeune Fitness Center LEED Design
With the recent opening of the $22.7 million, 104,000-square-foot Wallace Creek Fitness Center, MCB Camp Lejeune in North Carolina now boasts the largest fitness facility in the Marine Corps. Designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards at the platinum level — the highest rating that can be achieved through the U.S. Green Building Council — the fitness center maximizes the use of space, providing a onestop location for the entire base community.

“The new facility has been very well-received,” says Wallace Creek Fitness Center Manager Brian Crawford. “The most common word heard when someone enters the fitness center for the first time is 'wow!' There is something for everyone at Wallace Creek Fitness Center, and patrons are pleased with the many sports and fitness opportunities available under one roof. Everything, from the locker rooms to the workout areas and gymnasium, was designed with the Marine and Sailor in mind. Families often arrive together, and one person will join a basketball game, while other family members join a class or do some strength training together.” ...

 

 

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NAVY FITNESS: Operational Fitness — 2.0
New and Improved NOFFS Program Set for Launch

 

Navy Operational Fitness and Fueling Series (NOFFS)Navy Operational Fitness and Fueling Series (NOFFS) — the Navy's highly successful fitness program launched Navy-wide in 2010 — is getting a reboot with some new additions and resources that sailors have been asking for, as well as some new fitness workouts and apps that will broaden the reach of Navy Fitness well into the 21st century.

“NOFFS 1.0, the Operational Series, will receive all new meal builders,” according to Lisa Sexauer, program manager, Navy Fitness, Sports and Deployed Forces Support (N921), Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC). “Our customers told us that the fueling zones were too wide in the first release. So, we have provided tighter fueling zones, which has resulted in more total zones. Just to be clear, NOFFS 1.0 was built specifically for the Navy's operational platforms, while NOFFS 2.0 adds three new workout series and a regeneration series to complement all the workouts.” ...

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VETERANS AFFAIRS: San Antonio VAMC
Leading the Way in Therapy and Care

 

San Antonio Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC)As a leader in physical and recreational therapy, the San Antonio Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Texas provides veterans with facilities, programs and support services that are helping them heal and recover from sometimes devastating injuries, while easing their transition back to civilian life.

POLYTRAUMA REHAB CENTER

Stephanie Mireles, a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) who works in the Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center (PRC) at the San Antonio VAMC, is responsible for treating both inpatients and outpatients.

“The PRC's patient population ranges from Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) and blast injuries to strokes and amputations,” she points out. “I work on various activities to improve physical functioning, coping skills, executive functioning and leisure-related skills while interacting within the community. For physical modes, I use a variety of indoor and outdoor activities to promote physical functioning, such as basketball, bocce ball, washers, horseshoes, ladder ball, disk golf and Jenga.” ...

POLYTRAUMA TRANSITIONAL REHAB PROGRAM

The role of Polytrauma Transitional Rehabilitation Program (PTRP) is to help veterans — many who have suffered TBIs — reintegrate back int o the community through reintegration outings, according to Tania DeLeon, a CTRS with a master's in Recreation & Leisure Studies (MSRLS).

“Different modes to help increase physical, cognitive and social functioning include, but are not limited to, bowling (to increase physical functioning), as well as social reintegration, swimming, Frisbee golf, sailing and rock climbing,” she explains. “To increase cognitive functioning, I use a variety of recreation activities such as Scrabble and various card games. These activities increase cognitive functioning as well as social skills when done in groups.” ...

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