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Highlights of the July 2013 Issue


OUTDOOR RECREATION:
New Recreation Center
Allows USAG-Hawaii Programs to Shine

 

As a National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)-recognized leader in outdoor recreation (ODR) programming — the installation brought home the 2009 award for excellence — USAG-Hawaii was in need of a recreation center that could meet the increasing demand for ODR equipment, supplies and resources on the island.

The Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR) board of directors recognized the value and importance of outdoor recreation, and our soldiers,” says Shelly Leslie, chief, ODR branch, USAG-Hawaii. “It was (and remains) a mainstay of revenue generation and patron popularity; so, as a result, emphasis was placed on Family and MWR ODR in the NAF [nonappropriated fund] Major Construction program to maximize results in both areas. Hawaii, blessed with an abundance of outdoor opportunities, was a prime candidate for a facility upgrade.”

The project was approved in 2008 by Installation Management Command (IMCOM) G-9, and the new facility opened at Schofield Barracks in late August 2012. Designed and built by Stellar out of Jacksonville, Fla., the ODR main building (7,888 square feet) and outside storage structure (4,980 square feet) cost $7.167 million. ...

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WATER FITNESS: Marine Corps' AMP-IT Program Buoys Training

 

Back in March 2011, Government Recreation & Fitness (GRF) spoke with Kari Hemund, Aquatics program specialist, Semper Fit Branch, Semper Fit and Exchange Services Division, about the Marine Corps' new water-fitness training program, which from the very beginning has shown great promise in strengthening and rehabilitating Marines, and preventing training injuries.

With the help of Dr. Mary Wykle, an expert in the area of aquatic exercise and training, the program has evolved into AMP-IT, or Aquatics Maximum Power Intense Training, a more intense version of the Deep Water Interval Cadence Running program that Hemund and Wykle first introduced to Marines back in 2011.

“AMP-IT has evolved into a very aggressive and intense water-based physical training program that needed a name that reflected the velocity and aggressiveness of this type of workout,” says Hemund. “During the first few classes conducted at MCAS Iwakuni and MCB Okinawa, the Marines were being told to 'AMP-IT up' to gain the most benefit from the exercises. So, it was later decided to change the name to AMP-IT.” ...

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VETERANS AFFAIRS: Bedford VAMC Helps Vets Rebuild Lives

 

The Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Bedford Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC), in Bedford, Mass., offers world-class facilities and programs, supported by staff members who are innovators in the areas of physical and recreation therapy.

“Improvement with an eye toward enhanced veteran-centric care has been our objective at Bedford,” says Christine Croteau, acting hospital director. “The benefit of supporting our employees to be creative in the offering of personalized, proactive physical activity is something we are passionate about. Through our fitness center and extended partnerships, veterans have been able to train and achieve their fitness goals, as most recently evidenced by our seven 2013 Golden Age Games participants.”

In the area of recreational therapy and fitness, Bedford has made a concerted effort over the past few years to improve and expand on programs and facilities, while increasing efforts to promote all that is available to veterans and their family members. ...

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