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HAWC is here to help

Tiffany Brunton, Health and Wellness Center registered dietician, calibrates settings for the Bod Pod Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. The HAWC offers various free programs and instructional classes to help personnel achieve a healthy lifestyle. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Darren Domingo)

Tiffany Brunton, Health and Wellness Center registered dietician, calibrates settings for the Bod Pod Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. The HAWC offers various free programs and instructional classes to help personnel achieve a healthy lifestyle. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Darren Domingo)

The Bod Pod is a body composition test that uses air displacement to calculate body density and body fat and is available by appointment to Schriever personnel through the Health and Wellness Center. The 10 minute Bod Pod test requires users to not exercise two hours prior to testing as well as wearing compression gear for accurate results. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Darren Domingo)

The Bod Pod is a body composition test that uses air displacement to calculate body density and body fat and is available by appointment to Schriever personnel through the Health and Wellness Center. The 10 minute Bod Pod test requires users to not exercise two hours prior to testing as well as wearing compression gear for accurate results. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Darren Domingo)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- So, we're about a month into the New Year. How are those fitness and health resolutions coming along? If you're having a tough time, fear not, the Schriever Air Force Base Health and Wellness Center is standing by.

The HAWC offers various free programs and instructional classes to help personnel achieve a healthy lifestyle.

"Our mission is to prep and ready military personnel to be able to carry out their own mission," said Tiffany Brunton, registered dietician. "I know there are a lot of the people out here on different rotating shifts, which can be really hard on the body, so trying to keep you guys in the best health as [possible] to keep you guys working on your mission is my mission."

Brunton specializes in a myriad of dietary services. One example is nutrition counseling, which includes one hour, one-on-one meetings addressing weight loss, critical illnesses like diabetes or heart disease and sports nutrition.

"Athletes trying to add mass, endurance or strength can see [us] as well," said Brunton, also a certified sports dietician.

Brunton explained one-on-one nutritional appointments are personalized and are not just generic information dumps about healthy living.

"We go through past histories, what your kind of lifestyle issues are, what you're eating and then you do get a sample diet made for you," she said. "We don't give out premade [meal plans], we walk you through what your accurate calories, carbs, fats and proteins should be and then how that would fit into a day that would fit your food choices as well as cutting your pattern of eating."

In addition to nutritional counseling, the Bod Pod is available to Schriever personnel. The Bod Pod is a body composition test that uses air displacement to calculate body density and body fat. The 10 minute test requires users to not exercise two hours prior to testing as well as wearing compression gear for accurate results.

According to the National Institute for Fitness and Sport, "The Bod Pod, which uses air displacement technology, is considered to be the gold standard of body composition measurement. It is as accurate as hydrostatic (underwater) weighing, but quicker and easier to perform. The range of error for this test is ± 1 to 2.7%."

The Schriever HAWC has been open for years, but was revamped this past fall. The HAWC could still be considered an "in-process" facility, as additional services, such as physical therapy, are expected to move into the HAWC in the future as well.

While the HAWC does deal primarily with Schriever members, HAWC representatives can answer questions and give guidance for spouses and children as well.

Brunton is also available to give presentations to Schriever units.

"If different squadrons want a presentation done specifically for them, they can reach out to me and we can tailor the nutrition presentations to specifically what they're looking for," said Brunton. "So if the whole group of them has general questions, I can come in and speak to them."

Brunton said that one of her goals for the HAWC is that it becomes more well-known and utilized.

"I think a lot of people don't know that the HAWC is even here, or that they offer dietary services," she said. "I just want it to be well-known that [Schriever personnel] do have somebody here and they don't have to go all the way to Ft. Carson or Peterson to have a nutritional consult or have body fat tested or anything like that. It's something that's very convenient and viable for them to use."

For more information on HAWC services or to schedule an appointment, contact Brunton at 719-556-5787.
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