Fort Drum Unveils New Army Wellness Center

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Being fit isn't all about push-ups and running on the treadmill.

It's about the bigger picture - building and sustaining a healthy lifestyle.

For soldiers at Fort Drum, that's now a little easier.

It was a big day on post on Thursday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of a new army wellness center.

The 5,000 square-foot facility offers state-of-the-art equipment worth a quarter of a million dollars.

The soldiers get service for free at the wellness center.

"If you were to go through this facility in a civilian hospital or civilian health program, the value is around $3,000. So it's a very high-end, gold-standard type of operation that's set up here," said John Groves, deputy commander for nursing.

The center offers everything from simple weight scales to equipment capable of matching workouts with a person's heart health.

The murals of north country scenery help to ease visitors.

It's all to ensure Fort Drum soldiers are fit for duty.

"Tenth Mountain still being very engaged in the war. This will provide an avenue for the leaders to bring their soldiers to learn healthy lifestyles," said Groves.

The most high-tech addition is called a Bod Pod.

"The Bod Pod, which is unique in and of itself. It sort of looks like a spaceship here, but what this machine does is it measures your body composition," said Chris Ramie, wellness center director.

The new wellness center is one of only 12 in the Army.

Officials have plans to open a total of 38 worldwide in the coming years.

Friday, August 22, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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