The Army Civilian Wellness / Fitness Program is a Department of the Army (DA) program intended to encourage Civilian employees to improve their health and fitness through exercise and other positive health benefits. Guidance on Civilian fitness programs may be found in AR 600-63, Army Health Promotion, para 5-2c.
Basic elements and requirements of the program
- Civilians are authorized up to three hours per week excused absence to participate in a Command-sponsored formal physical exercise training program.
- Duration of program is up to six months.
- Pre- and post-program participant evaluations are required.
- Participants are monitored continuously during the program.
- Program must include exercise and nutritional education.
- Program is offered one time only per person.
- Participation requires commander's/supervisor's approval. Supervisors may adjust work schedules to permit training and exercise where possible and when it is consistent with the workload and mission.
Note for program participants: Appropriate health care provider guidance should be obtained before beginning any fitness program.
Community Health Promotion Council involvement
Community Health Promotion Councils (CHPC) will recommend, coordinate, and ensure the integration of physical health and wellness programs. The CHPC will assist in coordination efforts for planning, implementing, and evaluating civilian fitness programs. Civilian Fitness is the responsibility/or one component of the Physical Fitness Working Group of the CHPC. As a result, the chair of that working group is responsible for ensuring that it is reported as a part of their quarterly brief on the status, results, impacts etc. The Health Promotion Officer (HPO) is responsible for ensuring that the Physical Fitness Working Group executes in accordance with published standards; and if not, make recommendations for changes or process improvement. The HPO is not a manager of any specific health promotion program. The individual organization that desires to implement a civilian fitness program must provide a manager for their own organization's program oversight.
The Targeting Fitness Manual, developed to assist local wellness and health promotion coordinators in program implementation, is currently in revision. It will be available in the future at this location.
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U.S. Office of Personnel Management Elements of a Comprehensive Worksite Wellness Program Most Federal employees have access to comprehensive health insurance benefits that also include preventive services. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management promotes and supports balanced, effective combinations of worksite wellness programs and insurance benefits to produce the healthiest possible workforce.
The elements of a comprehensive worksite wellness program, as defined by Healthy People 2010 are:
- Health Education
- Supportive Social and Physical Environments
- Integration of Worksite Wellness Program into Organizational Structure
- Linkages with Related Programs (EAP, etc…)
- Screening Programs
U.S. Office of Personnel Management HEALTHIERFEDS Employee Health Services Handbook:
Chapter 2 contains information on providing Physical Fitness Programs
DoD Civilian Personnel Management Service WorkLife Personal Wellness Personal wellness includes all of the things you can do to maintain your physical and mental health. This Personal Wellness section contains information, tools, and resources to help you work and live as fully as possible.
Civilian Personnel On-line Wellness The Army Civilian Wellness Program for access to general HQDA and DoD Health Promotion and Wellness information on health, wellness, resiliency, and financial fitness.
Washington Headquarters Services Employee Wellness Program Civilian Fitness & Wellness Program is designed to promote healthy lifestyles and enhance employee worklife. Program participants can choose to participate in covered fitness/ exercise activities or wellness education activities.
Employee Wellness Program, Civilian Personnel On-line Note the description of the required components of a Command-sponsored formal physical exercise training program in paragraph 3.
Federal Occupational Health Wellness/Fitness Specific services offered by FOH in the development of a comprehensive wellness/fitness program for a particular agency.
IMCOM Civilian Wellness (AKO) IMCOM G-1 Human Resources support documents for civilian wellness programming that includes a sample civilian wellness program enrollment packet and wellness program library with sample civilian fitness program ideas.