MONTEREY PRESIDIO, Calif. (April 13, 2022) – The civilian Army health and fitness promotion program continues at the Monterey Presidio.

The program began in 2021 and aims to improve employee well-being and productivity by allowing full-time civilians to take up to three hours of administrative leave per week for training. The program is flexible with workout times and exercise types, and many say this has been key to their success with the program.

Charles Lyons, a service specialist at Army Community Service, said he started in November 2021, and the program’s flexibility allows him to work exercise into his schedule instead of having to cancel days when it has a conflict with this usual training time.

The result is more exercise and increased productivity, said Lyons, who typically trains by walking or strengthening her core with suspension training.

“It breaks up your day and takes you out of your norm to feel really comfortable with how your day is going,” Lyons said. “If you’re stressed in the morning, you just think, ‘I can’t wait to practice. Then once you work out, you get those endorphins and then, the next thing you know, bam, “I feel great,” and you’re good to go.

Similarly, Bishoy Saleh, budget analyst for USAG PoM, said the program’s flexibility helps him pursue a better quality of life and increased well-being. He mixes his workouts with jogging, swimming, strength training, walking and cycling.

“I appreciate the military’s guidance and encouragement for civilian employees to engage in physical and fitness activities throughout the workday,” Saleh said.

The program is life-changing, Saleh said, and he recommends it to all of his colleagues. “The program increases productivity and work output,” he said.

Katilynn Snow, the facility’s job readiness program manager, said she started enjoying the fitness program shortly after starting work in February and has been enjoying it so far. not only her flexibility, but also the mental clarity she receives at work after a workout.

Snow spends her fitness hour doing high-intensity interval training, or HIIT, and ultimately her family also benefits from her ability to train during the day, she said.

“Do it three times a week [at work] gives me that extra hour in the evening to spend time with my family instead of working out in the garage and then going in and trying to rush through our evening routine,” Snow said.

Although the program is Army-wide, a USAG PoM command policy governs how PoM employees can use the program.

According to the policy, employees can only use one hour at a time and no more than 80 hours per calendar year. They cannot use their time at the start or end of the service day, but they can use the time at any other time. However, supervisors must approve training schedules and the needs of the mission come first.

The training hour includes travel to and from the exercise site as well as the shower. Participants, however, can schedule their exercise time in conjunction with their lunch hour, ultimately giving them up to two hours to train and get back to work.

Additionally, as long as exercise maintains or improves fitness levels or conditioning, participants have nearly endless possibilities. Appropriate activities may include those that address cardiovascular and aerobic endurance, flexibility, muscle strength, and body composition, in accordance with policy.

To enroll, employees and supervisors must sign an annual written program participation agreement that coincides with the performance review period.

Employees must certify themselves that they are not aware of any medical condition or limitation that would put them at risk of injury or illness while participating in the program. Supervisors then submit medical clearance forms to the California Medical Detachment Wellness Center for review prior to final approval.

In addition, the program allows part-time employees to participate by adjusting their leaves of absence based on the number of hours worked per pay period. For example, three hours is 7.5% of 40 hours, so to determine the time allowed, the employee would multiply 7.5% by the number of hours worked. Employees who telecommute can also participate.

For more details and the complete policy, visit Scroll to the end to find a Printable Participation Agreement.

Date taken: 13.04.2022
Date posted: 13.04.2022 18:23
Story ID: 418461
Location: California, United States

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