Soldier health a top priority as Fort Polk opens new Army Wellness Center

Fort Polk opens their new Army Wellness Center

FORT POLK, La. (KALB) - The Fort Polk Joint Readiness Training Center put health as their top priority on Friday as they had an open house for their new Army Wellness Center.

Fort Polk is now the 29th military base in the world to have an Army Wellness Center. The center features state of the art equipment that follows their mission for soldier readiness.

“They offer some services and technologies they may not have seen before and they offer private time for soldiers to be counseled and work with professionals and professional staff,” said Brig. Gen. Gary Brito, Commanding General at Fort Polk. “It's just a great thing for them to get to their family and the physical health that they need to sustain themselves."

On Friday, they debuted the center with an open house ceremony.

The facility gives active and retired soldiers and their families free physical testing that is estimated to cost around $3,000 elsewhere. The center specializes is fitness, nutrition, stress management and self-care-including the fan favorite “bod pod” that measures body fat and muscle ratios.

"The really exciting part of this is most of the equipment you see here in the wellness center we generally see it in universities and research centers and facilities,” said Lyn Poppie, Director of the Army Wellness Center. “We get to have it here in the wellness center for our military family."

The building for the center was already there, however the project took around two years to complete.

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