July 2013 DPH Newsletter 2


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Army Wellness Center -
Grand Opening of the Victory Center

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July 2013 DPH Newsletter 2

  1. 1. Army Wellness Center - Grand Opening of the Victory Center by Mrs. Kendra Seat/Director, Army Wellness Center June 21, 2013 marked a milestone for Army Wellness Center Fort Riley. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held to officially open the Army Wellness Center and to also rename the building in which it is located from the Resil- iency Learning Center to the Victory Center. The ceremony, which was presided over by Major General Funk, not only signified the opening of the Army Wellness Center, but also the combined focus of Fort Riley’s Leaders on the health and well- being of our Soldiers, Family Members, Retir- ees, and Civilian work- force. Army Wellness Center Fort Riley is committed to improving our com- munity’s health through our 6 core programs, which include health assessment review, healthy nutrition, physical fitness, stress management, general wellness, and tobacco education. Individuals can self-refer, be re- ferred by their primary care provider or be re- ferred by their unit to the Army Wellness Center. For appoint- ments or more infor- mation, please call 239-WELL (9355). Inside this issue:  Army Wellness Center— Victory Center’s Grand Opening  Environmental Health Water Laboratory Accreditation  Cutting the Budget and Grass - Increasing Hearing Loss? Department of Public Health Quarterly, Issue 2 July 2013 U S A M E D D A C F O R T R I L E Y , K S
  2. 2. For the past year the Environ- mental Health (EH) section has been striving to achieve accredi- tation of their water lab. Accreditation was achieved 18 June 2013 after an extensive in- spection by the Kansas Depart- ment of Health and Environment on 9 April. The accrediting body, the National Environmental Labo- ratory Accrediting Conference (NELAC), recognizes the EH Water Lab as certified for analyzing wa- ter for chlorine, pH, fluoride, and bacteria including those naturally found in the environment known as total coliforms and E. coli. Accreditation will authorize EH to analyze all samples taken by DPW-Environmental saving the Army nearly $4,000 per year. Accreditation strengthens our service to our Soldiers and fami- lies; congratulations to the EH Staff, especially Lab Technician Mr. Stephen Grau. Well done! Please feel free to call for more information or questions, 785.240.7373. Page 2 Cutting the Budget and Grass – Increasing the Hearing Loss? by CPT Ellie Young/Chief, Fort Riley Army Hearing Program Environmental Health Water Laboratory Accreditation by CPT Madeline McAlister/Chief, Environmental Health some difficulties hearing, making sure it does not get worse. The most ef- fective is to turn down the sound to a safe level, this generally is only going to apply when listening to music. Even if it is your favorite artist, if played too loud you will have changes to your hearing over time. The second method for preventing hearing loss is move away from the sound source. However, this will only work if it is not a vehicle or piece of equipment that you have to be within arm’s length in order to operate. The last method, but easiest to use, is hearing protection. Hearing protection is actually made in different sizes and types. Just be- cause you like one particular type of hearing protection and it stays in your ears really well does not mean it will work for your battle buddy. If you have questions regarding hearing protection or need assistance in ensur- ing you have a proper fit, please call our office at 785.239.7233/7539. As fiscal constraints bring us back to Soldiers maintaining the grounds around buildings and along the roadsides, do not let them forget to have all of the proper PPE. Use of mowers and weed eaters will ex- pose a Soldier to sound levels over 85 dB, the level at which sound be- comes hazardous to hearing. The Fort Riley Army Hearing Pro- gram’s mission is to provide these four facets: Operational Services, Clinical Services, Hearing Readiness and Hearing Conservation. This in- cludes educating Commanders and Soldiers about the need to protect hearing on and off duty when ex- posed to sounds loud enough to cause damage to the ear. There are different ways of ensur- ing your hearing is not at risk for hearing loss, or if you already have Department of Public Health