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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio —
Air Force Civilian Health Promotion Services assists the civilian workforce both physically and mentally. It is a mobile workplace wellness program that provides health and wellness services to enhance workforce engagement and improve overall physical well-being.
In 2006, Air Force Materiel Command established the CHPS program after senior leaders recognized the need for the civilian workforce to have a physical health resource.
“The program wants to keep people working and functioning well so they can accomplish the mission,” said Katie Doyle, civilian wellness program manager and CHPS administrator. “One of the main essentials of that is making sure they have good physical health.”
The program offers a variety of in-person and virtual services, such as wellness screenings, health education classes, health and wellness consultations, wellness challenges and campaigns. health awareness. All services are free and available to the civilian workforce, with most also available to active duty personnel.
CHPS also offers a free wellness web portal, USAFwellness.com, designed to help employees facilitate lifestyle behavior change, with resources and tracking tools available for civilian employees and on-duty personnel. asset.
This state-of-the-art website has easy-to-use features that can be accessed from any electronic device with a web browser, and it may incorporate data from other tracking tools such as Fitbit and MyFitnessPal .
“The CHPS program exists to help people improve their physical health, and in doing so, it promotes that culture of health in the workplace, with something they can extrapolate back home. It really helps them do their job more efficiently when they feel better,” Doyle said. “When they can focus on staying active, eating healthy, managing stress, and getting good quality sleep, all of that translates into the ability to do a better job and contribute to the mission. overall.”
In conjunction with the AFMC Community Action Team, CHPS supports the Physical Pillar of Overall Airman Fitness and overall efforts to address holistic health and wellness needs. CHPS team leaders work within the organization to highlight topics such as preventing burnout or tackling loneliness. They also refer employees and help connect them to other aid agencies like the Employee Assistance Program and Military One Source.
Due to the success of the CHPS program at AFMC, Air Force leaders approved a two-year pilot project at Air Mobility Command in 2017.
“The AMC pilot was a hit, even from the start,” Doyle said. “AMC management and civilian employees were very receptive to the program and the bases really embraced their CHPS teams…and the program has remained a success ever since.”
The CHPS program continues its mission, with the next expansion for the continental United States launching in February 2022.
“We’re laying the groundwork for that now and reaching out to other MAJCOMS and bases that have a larger civilian workforce,” Doyle said. “We have a formula that if there are 1,000 or more civilians on a facility, we put a team on site permanently to provide in-person and virtual services…bases that have a civilian workforce more petite can take advantage of our many virtual service offerings to help them achieve their health and wellness goals.
For more information and access to program resources, Airmen can contact CHPS at [email protected] and visit USAFwellness.com