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A Summer to Enjoy Have you ever had one of those days? You know what “days” I’m talking about. The one where you walk into a room and forget what you went in there for; the one where you have to feel your armpit to remember if you put on deodorant; the one where all you really want to do is veg on the couch. A lot of times, these “days” are caused by not treating your body right - not feeding it right; not giving it enough rest; not giving it enough activity. It’s easy to get into a rut of bad habits. In this issue we have shared several things that you can do to make yourself feel better – everything from vitamins and supplements to the Eagle Challenge Fitness Tour to gardening. Even if these things aren’t for you, find something you enjoy and DO IT. As shared in a great article written by Jessica Ryan about Wayne Bricker, “Take Charge of Your Life” (read the full article on pages 3 & 4) – it’s up to you to get active and you will surely reap the rewards! Have a safe, fun and absolutely WONDERFUL Summer! CynDe Clack, Editor Editor CynDe Clack Contributors Kat Berghofer Charlene Frasher Sears L. Hallett III Marie McLemore Stephanie G.J. Powell Jessica Ryan Jamie White

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Take Charge of Your Life Meet Wayne Bricker – Retiree and current DoD employee.


Homefront Nose Art on your Windows Loyal and loving furry companions.

Publisher Creative ink


Creative Director Sears Hallett Advertising 931-801-4531 Photography CynDe Clack


Veterans in the Community

Green Thumbs-Up for a Healthy Retirement Gardening is not simply a hobby.


In the Know Fort Campbell AUSA Takes Action on Retiree Pay Reduction Legislation gets corrected.

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Body, Mind & Spirit

Spotlight on MWR Welcome to Estep Wellness Center! Being Retired doesn’t mean being a couch potato.

11 ECFT 2014 Eagle Challenge Fitness Tour Come out and participate.

12 In the Kitchen Treats You Call All Enjoy! You can share these with kids, grandkids, and pets.

13 Healthy Living Vitamins & Supplements Rounding out your diet.

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On the Cover CSM (Ret) Wayne Bricker Wayne Bricker as he competes in the Eagle Challenge Fitness Tour. He completed all ten events in the 2013 ECFT.

Veterans in the Community

Take Charge of Your Life by Jessica Ryan

As the Eagle Challenge Fitness Tour (ECFT) finished its inaugural year, there were a handful of devoted participants who completed all ten fitness events. One memorable participant was Wayne Bricker, a 65 year old Retiree and current Environmental Protection Specialist for the Directorate of Public Works (DPW) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Bricker’s dedication to both his career and fitness goals is proof that it is never too late to stay mentally and physically active. Bricker’s Army career dates back to 1966. He voluntarily joined the Army since he wanted to serve his country. Both his father and older brothers also joined the Army; the former serving in World War II. Bricker’s career as a construction engineer, heavy equipment operator and chemical specialist took him around the country and the world. He was stationed at American garrisons including Fort Lewis, Washington, Fort Meade, Maryland, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Fort Eustis, Virginia, and Fort Irwin, California. He was also assigned to overseas locations such as Thailand and Germany as well as served in Vietnam. His final duty station was Fort McClellan, Alabama where he retired as the Command Sergeant Major of the United States Army Chemical Corps in 1989. After his retirement, Bricker and his wife moved to Missouri where he was the Director of Public Works in Pettis County, Missouri in the early 1990s. He then started his own building and remodeling business in the state. By 1999, he decided to quit his own business and move with his wife to the Fort Campbell area to be closer to their daughter and grandchildren. While living in Clarksville, Bricker could not sit still for long. Although the military afforded him an early retirement, he felt that he needed to get back to work. In 2003, he first worked on-post as a gate guard. He then transitioned to a contractor job in the DPW Environmental Division in 2007. During the following year, he


became the Environmental Protection Specialist and Program Manager for the Toxic Substance Control Act in DPW’s Environmental Division. Bricker’s background and knowledge made him a qualified candidate. “My career in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps prepared me immensely for this position,” he stated. “I get gratification knowing that I did the right thing in controlling hazards that are out there.” Furthermore, he found himself in an excellent office environment. His co-workers and he worked well together. They also shared a common interest in staying physically active. Within the last few years, Bricker began dieting in order to achieve weight loss and a healthier lifestyle. After losing over 40 pounds, he incorporated running into his life. He first started running around his neighborhood and then progressed to greater distances. His co-workers persuaded him to participate in the Go Commando Clarksville 5K Race in 2011. During this race, he received a medal. From there, he was hooked. Fast forward to a year later. Bricker and his co-workers ate lunch one day and discussed the inaugural Eagle Challenge Fitness Tour. As a group, they encouraged each other to reach their fitness goals. They thought the ECFT was the perfect opportunity to support the garrison and run together. “We all came together and said, ‘let’s do it!’” he noted. Throughout 2013, each group member participated in various events. Bricker became the group’s motivator

and inspiration. “He was organized and would motivate others by sharing news that would come out for each event,” said Angie Arroyo, MS4 Coordinator for BAT Associates, Inc., a government contractor. Likewise, another co-worker, Patty Lockard, the Air Quality Program Manager at DPW, commented on Bricker’s dedication. “He kept us motivated,” Lockard remarked. “If he says he is going to participate in an event, then he’s going to do it.” Unfortunately, for some of Bricker’s co-workers, life events and unexpected injuries prevented them from participating in most ECFT events. However, it did not stop him. He participated in all ten ECFT events and placed in his age group for some events. Most notably, he came in first place for his age group in the Go Commando Clarksville Half Marathon and third place for his age group in the

Culminator 10K. His teammate, CPT Phillip Duff of the Warrior Transition Battalion, and he even came in second place overall in Clarksville’s Rally on the Cumberland. Being a Family man, he also encouraged his grandchildren to participate in events such as the SOF Warrior Challenge and Brutal Fun 5K. As 2014 begins, Bricker looks forward to completing all ECFT events again. On top of juggling time between his career and Family life, he thinks that the monthly ECFT events are enough to keep him motivated and challenged. He continues to run about three times a week with a minimum of three to six miles per run. However, his running time is not all that matters. He loves participating in those events because he likes running with his co-workers and friends. “During the events with freezing weather, I stood shoulder to shoulder with people while we waited for the medal winners to be announced, and I enjoyed every minute of it,” he remarked. He strongly encourages others in the community to support the ECFT. While he does not have a specific training and diet regiment, he truly believes that staying mentally and physically active leads to good health. He encourages other Retirees to consider having another career after their military retirement. “Everyone who is planning for retirement should plan for the next step,” he recommended. “They need to consider their qualifications and capitalize on that. Put those résumés out there. If your résumé is not in the job market, then you are not going to get a job.” As far as health is concerned, Bricker wants to simply tell others to get active. He did not accept ailing health as a part of aging. After losing weight and running, he learned how to incorporate healthy habits into his lifestyle and which allowed him to stop using some medications. He, however, recommends to other Retirees to consult with their doctor first before embarking on physically taxing endeavors such as running. “I think people can take charge of their life and make a difference,” he concluded. For more information about the Eagle Challenge Fitness Tour, please visit or call MWR Public Relations at (270) 798-7535. 4


Nose Art on your Windows By Marie McLemore

Has the time come for you to retire from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind? Or are you hearing the echo of an empty house because your children have moved out and you are looking to fill your home once again with warmth and laughter? Do you now have the time to do all of the traveling that you have dreamed of doing for so long and you can finally make those wandering dreams a reality? Having a loyal and loving furry companion at your side will always fill your days and nights with barks, woofs, yips, sloppy kisses and doggie nose art on your vehicle’s windows. When selecting a new companion, be sure to consider not only your own health but the energy level, age, health and personality of the dog. Maybe once you were very active and could handle a large dog with lots of energy, but now you have some physical limitations that will not allow you to be an effective pack leader to a dog that requires more physical activity than you can give it. Think about a puppy or dog that will not be so physically demanding on your mind and body. This will continue to ensure that your pack remains healthy and stable. When it’s time to retire (or have an empty nest), the idea of traveling is a siren’s call that is hard to ignore. Take into consideration your dog if/when you travel. Do your research before you make any plans and verify: whether or not you can even bring your pooch,. Check that you can find accommodations for you and your dog, or find out if you have to find a place that will care for your companion while you are away for a long weekend - or even longer. Whether you are leaving your dog with a reputable boarding house, with Family or with friends, make sure they are more than willing to provide a safe and healthy environment for your dog while you are out of town. What if you have to have a short or long stay in the hospital? Be sure to have a backup plan for your doggie if you have to stay in the hospital for any length of time so that you have one less thing to worry about. You’ll want to heal quickly and have your petdoggie back in your arms so they can shower you with sloppy kisses and let you know how

much they missed you. What will happen to your furry companion in the event of your death? This is not a conversation anyone wants to have but it’s a critical one. Have a candid conversation with your Family and friends to find out if they would be willing to open their heart(s) and home(s) to your dog and ask if they would commit to providing your dog the care itthey needs. Take into consideration their home life as well. If they already have pets, are they willing to take the time and care needed to integrate your dog into their home so everyone can enjoy a harmonious pack life? If you are opening your heart and home to a rescue dog, do not hesitate to pose these questions to the rescue organizationthem. Companion Pet Rescue of Middle Tennessee has a return policy in theirour contract and haswe have welcomed back dogs that had loving homes but their owners passed away and no one in their Familiesy could take in the dog that lost their beloved pack leader. It’s a commitment we made to our dogs and we have honored this promise time and time again. If you are not sure that you are ready to take the plunge and bring a furry companion into your heart and home, there are still plenty of ways for you to make a difference in a dog’s life. Get to know a dog by fostering a dog. If you can’t foster, then be a proud sponsor of a dog. If you can’t sponsor a dog and/or a local rescue, then volunteer. If you can’t volunteer, then donate. If you can’t donate then educate other members of your community, use your interpersonal skills to network for a local rescue and/or cross-post any dogs that are in need of a wonderful, safe and loving home. Marie “Mrs. Chingy” McLemore is the proud owner of 3 rescue doggies that have enriched her life in more ways than she can count, a proud volunteer of Companion Pet Rescue of Middle Tennessee for over 2 years, who is currently fostering 3 dogs that are seeking the perfect forever home.

Green Thumbs-Up for a Healthy Retirement

Body, Mind & Spirit

By Kat Berghofer

Retirement is a wonderful chapter in life! Suddenly, you find yourself with more time to relax, to take a cat nap (or cat naps), to enjoy a vacation, to golf, or to spend time with people you care about. You also have the opportunity to get more involved in the community and in your own home. A new hobby is an excellent place to start. There are countless hobbies to choose from that will keep you active and entertained during retirement—the trickiest part is deciding which activities are best for you. First off, a good hobby should stimulate you both mentally and physically. Do you love being outdoors? Does it satisfy you to complete a project? Do you prefer exercise that is truly enjoyable? If you answered ‘yes’ to the previous questions, you should consider gardening as your next hobby! After hanging up your dress greens and blues, retirement is the perfect time to embrace your green thumb. Gardening is one of the easiest hobbies to start and to maintain. Your budget can include a trowel and seeds OR sixty pounds of landscaping bricks. You can plant a single patch of tomatoes OR create a massive, all-organic garden. You can work in your garden for ten minutes each day OR a few hours each day. The greatest advantage of gardening is - it’s all up to you! The time, thought, energy, and creativity spent on your garden is your decision. After all, you should always enjoy and benefit from the hobbies into which you invest your time. It is remarkable how many physical and psychological benefits are inspired by gardening. Working in a vegetable or flower garden and landscaping are all forms of light to moderate exercise. People who practice these activities tend to be much healthier than those who do not. They also continue to enjoy the great outdoors—staying active—for the rest of their lives. Gardening is not simply a hobby, because it also inspires habits for a healthier lifestyle. Working in a garden consists of pulling weeds, digging holes, and carrying soil or other materials, all of which are light weight-bearing exercises. It is no surprise, then, that gardening has been proven to lower the risks of

diabetes and high blood pressure. It also augments bone density, which decreases the risk of osteoporosis. Working outside for brief periods each day can help at-risk individuals avoid these and other serious medical concerns and improve their physical well-being. In a recent study, Kansas State University noted that “Active gardeners easily get more than the recommended 150 minutes per week of exercise, and those who garden just for fun get just slightly less than that.” Beyond its physical perks, gardening is a huge benefactor of people’s psychological health. Studies have shown that gardening provides a great deal of stress relief and eases symptoms of anxiety and depression. This is because working outside “unplugs” people from common distractions, even the concerns and struggles of daily life. Gardeners participate in an active hobby, which provides them with an opportunity to relax, to focus their energies on something positive. As a result, gardeners build a greater aptitude for patience and peacefulness; they also experience a tremendous improvement in their mood. With bodies and minds at ease, people can embrace an incredible sense of well-being, allowing them to relish their free time and to sleep better at night. Simply put, gardeners are calmer and happier individuals. Another highlight of gardening is its nutritional boost. Fifty-three-year-old comedian Dan Bennett once said, “One of the healthiest ways to gamble is with a spade and a package of garden seeds.” Research confirms it: Dan couldn’t be more correct! Maintaining a vegetable garden is one of the healthiest and most satisfying types of gardening. In addition to the aforesaid physical and mental benefits, people who grow their own produce tend to buy more wholesome foods, prepare more nutritious meals, and make healthier choices while dining out. Lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, rhubarb, corn, beans, squash—growing these veggies (and more) provides a nutritional kick to your eating habits. It also saves you dollars at the grocery store. Mindful eating and consuming are two important choices of which you and your loved ones may all reap the benefits. Gardening is a gratifying hobby that will have a profound impact on your life. It’s always the right time to get involved. What are you waiting for? Let’s get our hands dirty and our bodies hale and hearty! 6

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Fort Campbell AUSA Takes Action on Retiree Pay Reduction

In the Know

By Sears L. Hallett, III

When Congress passed the budget, the news of the reduction of military Retiree pay for Retirees between the ages 40 to 62 echoed like the 1700 (5pm) cannon shot heard on post. The one-percent reduction was viewed as a nominal amount of money because Retirees often obtain employment once they complete their service. This reduction was entered as part of the budget bill - as part of last minute trimming - by Representative Paul Ryan and was then voted in favor of by Tennessee Representative Marsha Blackburn. Blackburn’s district includes Montgomery County which is home to the second largest concentration of military Retirees in the nation. Fort Campbell Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Chapter board member Tommy Vallejos and Past President Bob Huffman immediately became involved in a campaign to repeal the reduction of the retirement benefits. Vallejos started a Facebook page to publicize the outrage of Retirees throughout the nation. Huffman was interviewed by local press, during which he expressed AUSA’s disappointment of the retirement pay reduction and the lack of understanding exhibited by our representative in voting for this reduction.

Within a week’s time the Fort Campbell AUSA was contacted by Representative Blackburn’s office requesting a meeting. She wanted to come to Clarksville and discuss the COLA reduction. Although AUSA was limited to a small number that was invited to meet with Blackburn, they had very strong representation. Attending the meeting was President Sheryl Ellis, 1st Vice President Sears Hallett,

Past President Bob Huffman; board members Tommy Vallejos, Wayne St. Louis, Dave Cooper and Executive Director Lee Ann Nelson. During the meeting Blackburn stated that result of the overall bill was very helpful to Fort Campbell, as it included the elimination of sequestration and allowed for money to train the troops for another two years. She also indicated that she realized the error of the reduction of the retirement benefits and stated that she was going to co-author a bill to retract the reduction. The group also ensured that Blackburn knew about the potential closure of commissaries across the nation. Blackburn seemed unaware of that possibility but promised to look into it and give their chapter an update. In the weeks following the meeting, Blackburn made good on her promises and co-authored the bill to repeal the reduction in retirement benefits. The bill passed both the House and the Senate and was signed by President Obama. In addition, Blackburn is joining with Representative Griffin (Ark) and Representative Whitfield (Ky) on a bill to block future closure of commissaries. The Fort Campbell Chapter of AUSA will remain in contact with the representatives and senators that affect the Fort Campbell area to keep them informed of local concerns and needs.

How to Become a Member AUSA membership is open to Active Army, National Guard, Army Reserve, Cadets, Retirees, Wounded Warriors, Veterans, Spouses, government Civilians, Family members and concerned citizens. You can visit and join online. You can also contact the local chapter at 270-605-1234.


Spotlight on MWR

Welcome to Estep Wellness Center! By Charlene Frasher

Being retired doesn’t mean being a couch potato! You spent many years staying physically fit, so why stop now? Estep Wellness Center has everything you need to stay active and healthy. Not only do we have equipment and classes, we have personal trainers, special activities and now we are offering “Maximized Monday” every month where Dr. Dale Brown will cover a variety of topics designed to help you with your health and fitness goals. Since the time Estep was transformed from a troop gymnasium to a welcoming place of fitness for Families, it has grown to become a well rounded, fully equipped fitness center that offers a plethora of choices focused on the various aspects of wellness. This includes the physical, emotional, social, intellectual, spiritual, occupational and environmental. Estep believes in strength and wellness inside and out. It is this belief that has lead to the employment of staff that inspires and motivates patrons and clients on a daily basis. One of the great facets of Estep falls under

the social aspect. Retirees often frequent the facility, it’s almost as though the ghosts of Soldiers past call out to them. It is not uncommon to hear them telling their stories to staff, friends and strangers alike while in the spa quarter or while working to stay in shape after retirement.

You may be wondering what you will find at Estep. Upon entering the facility, you will find the front desk with friendly staff ready to offer a tour and information, register you for a class, check you in, or assist with scheduling you for one of our Certified Personal Fitness Trainers. Just beyond the friendly front desk is the co-ed spa quarter. This section encompasses a sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and locker rooms. The newly renovated sauna is the perfect place to get your sweat on and is beneficial for a number of health reasons - from removing toxins to treating congestive heart failure and other cardiovascular conditions. A steam room is available for those who desire a steam bath. This holistic health treatment is geared toward extracting impurities from the body using heat. It differs from the sauna, in that its effect is brought about by the use of wet heat as opposed to dry. Steam therapy reinvigorates the skin, positively effects lung disorders, assists with circulation and hyperthermia. The 1,000 gallon whirlpool offers a complete combination of heat, buoyancy of water and massage - all things necessary to provide the therapeutic benefits associated with hydrotherapy, helping you to enjoy a healthier life by reducing stress, headaches, muscle and joint pain to include arthritis and fibromyalgia, as well as offer a better night’s sleep. Separate locker rooms are available for both men and women.


Our next stop is the energetic cardio room filled with various pieces of equipment that will encourage a healthy heart beat! The vibrant colors chosen for this room were intentional to wake you up and get you going. Ellipticals, treadmills and recumbent bikes align the outer walls while row machines and stair climbers fill the core of the room that once housed a boxing ring and several heavy weight bags for the Fort Campbell Division Boxing Team. As you exit the door at the opposite side of the heart pumping area you will find a vast weight room that was once the hot spot for many basketball and volleyball games when Estep was known as DIVARTY (Division Artillery) and home to multiple units. This area is now a muscle shredding pit stop, fully engaged with a variety of more than 90 strength and resistance training machines and free weights. It was also recently modernized with new rubber flooring and six new pieces of Life Fitness equipment. A section of the room is reserved for abdominal work and stretching. The oversized racquetball court, once used for hand ball and later revamped as a private ab and bike room, has found its calling as an exclusive out of this world “Cycle Studio” with a twist.

Thirty state of the art spin bikes call this home and patrons can participate in scheduled classes taught by Estep’s own Mad Dogg Spin Instructors. One of the highlights within Estep is the unique graffiti design created by artists from the Art Institute in Nashville, Tennessee. Artists took the encouraging words of the instructors and styled them on the black walls for an eclectic display of inspiration. When the lights go out - the walls glow to help motivate the patrons with each revolution. The twist on this room isn’t the artwork but the new addition of TRX® which was added in December. In 1998, an aerobics room was added to the building due to the ever changing health and fitness industry and the influx of and popularity regarding group fitness. A few years ago the floor

was updated and made more suitable for aerobics. In order to offer a wider variety of classes, more equipment has been added. Estep prides itself on a well maintained aerobics fitness program that offers more than 30 classes weekly. Popular instructors lead classes such as Yoga, Zumba® Fitness, PiYo™ Strength and Turbo Kick® as well as those exclusive to Estep - Total Pump, Triple Threat, Power Lunch-H.I.I.T series, Latin Step, Tabata, INSANITY®, Bokwa® Fitness and our newest TRX®. Special challenges, classes, events and/or series are limited to Saturdays no more than twice per month. Another exclusive and very popular program created at Estep is Boot Camp Xtreme, commonly known as BCX. This is a 6-8 week intense program that is a mix of the three major fundamentals of fitness: cardio, strength, and agility that will test your limits and push you to dig deep, it is as much physical as it is mental. BCX is offered twice per year with a spring (morning) and fall (evening) session and is limited to 20 participants. These are held opposite each other due to the fact that it isn’t held within the walls of Estep but rather outside in the elements and at various MWR locations around Fort Campbell. Team Estep has a crew of 20 employees, the majority of which are trained, skilled and/or certified in some form of fitness. With 6 Certified Personal Fitness Trainers - 4 for hire, 7 Group Fitness Instructors, 10 Volunteer Group Fitness Instructors and more staff currently being trained in the industry, Estep’s programming quality is without a doubt one of the best ever offered in its nearly a quarter of a century existence. Estep is an ever evolving place for fun fitness. With so many trends that change at random it can be hard to keep up, but rest assured that Team Estep is progressing with the industry and the community to provide the physical, emotional, social, intellectual, spiritual, occupational and environmental needs that it was tasked with so many years ago. Come visit and let the wonderful staff at Estep assist you with the workout that is perfect for your physical ability and needs!

Estep Wellness Center 2270 Kentucky Avenue Fort Campbell, KY 42223 (270) 798-4023/4664 Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday: 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Holidays & DONSAs: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day


2014 Eagle Challenge Fitness Tour by CynDe Clack

The Eagle Challenge Fitness Tour (ECFT) is a series of monthly events that take place from February through November. This program was conceived as a vision from Fort Campbell senior leadership to provide our military community, as well as Oak Grove, Hopkinsville, and Clarksville, with opportunities for a fun and healthy active lifestyle. The events are designed for all ages, with components for children, wounded warriors and disabled Civilians, competitive adults and those who are just beginning their journey to fitness. All events are open to everyone in our communities, both inside and outside the gates of Fort Campbell. At the end of the program, in November, everyone completing eight events will receive a Commander’s Gold Medal; six will receive a Silver Medal; and four will receive a Bronze Medal. This year’s Eagle Challenge Fitness Tour will bring back several favorites from last year and a couple of new events to challenge you in 2014. Whether you are interested in road races or love the extremes of a mud run, we will offer it all. Not only do we have 10 events scheduled, we listened to participants’ feedback and are offering alternate events as well

Most events have levels that are appropriate for all fitness and mobility levels. We would love to see our Retirees come out and participate! The challenge is to get active now, and stick with it! Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, together with partners like AUSA and USO Fort Campbell and event planners in Clarksville and Hopkinsville, intend to make it an enjoyable journey to fitness! You can always find more information about the Eagle Challenge Fitness Tour on our website at, on our Facebook page at, by subscribing to our eNews, pick up the latest issues of our monthly MWR Life for Families and MWR Life for Soldiers magazines, or email questions to Make sure to check out the photo albums on our Facebook page and view the great pictures we have from the 2013 ECFT events and 2014 events that have already taken place. Looking forward to seeing you at the next event!


Treats You Can All Enjoy!

In the Kitchen

by CynDe Clack

How often do you (or your children and grandchildren) drop food and the dog gets to it faster than you can even think about picking it up? With this in mind, I wanted to find some recipes for treats that would be tasty for you and safe for your pet. I found more recipes than I can share in this issue but I’ve included the websites so you can look for more if you want to.

Vegetable Cookies

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Ingredients: ½ C carrots (or peas or mixed vegetables), boiled • ½ C Cheddar cheese, shredded • ½ C margarine or butter (salt free) 1 C whole wheat flour • 2-3 T milk (low fat), only use if needed to make a good dough Directions: Boil the vegetables (overcook so you can mash). Mix the cheese with the margarine or butter, add mashed vegetables and flour, slowly add the milk and form into a dough.Place in the freezer for 1 hour. Roll dough out and use cookie cutters of your choice.Bake on 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 to 20 minutes. Let them cool and enjoy.

Frozen Peanut Butter Yogurt Treats **Courtesy of:

Ingredients: 32 ounces vanilla yogurt • 1 C peanut butter (low fat) Directions: Melt the peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl. Combine the yogurt and melted peanut butter. Pour the mixture into cupcake papers. (I used silicon ice cube trays. You can get those in a variety of shapes and sizes.) Place in the freezer

Apple Crunch Pupcakes

(Yes, this is a dog treat recipe but everything in it is “people food”.) **Courtesy of:

Ingredients: 2 ¾ C water • ¼ C applesauce (unsweetened) • 2 T honey • 1/8 T vanilla extract • 1 medium egg • 4 C Whole Wheat Flour 1 C dried apple chips (unsweetened) • 1 T baking powder Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix water, applesauce, honey, egg and vanilla together in a bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix until well blended. Pour into lightly greased muffin pans. Bake 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Here’s a list of a few “people foods” that dogs can eat and enjoy. Blueberries, strawberries, apples, cantaloupe, bananas, blackberries, watermelon, beets, spinach, eggs, peanut butter, and sunflower seeds (shelled). Foods they should avoid. Grapes, raisins, avocados, onions, garlic, shallots, scallions (and other onion family members), bread dough, chocolate, alcohol (Ethyl, Grain or Drinking), hops, moldy foods, Xylitol (non-caloric sweetener), and most nuts.

Healthy Living


We all have to face the fact that we aren’t getting any younger. When we are born, we have someone taking care of us – nurturing us, but then we become adults and we forget to take care of ourselves. We forget that there are small things we should be doing every day to safeguard our health and wellbeing. We should wake up and have breakfast every morning, we shouldn’t keep skipping lunch at work, and we should drink more milk and eat more vegetables. We wake up and our back hurts and we have dark circles under our eyes. Why? Because, we get so busy that we forget to take the small steps that can help keep us feeling younger. In search of this “younger feeling”, many adults turn to over the counter vitamin supplements. In fact, one in two adults take a daily vitamin and Americans spend tens of billions of dollars each year on supplements. However, studies show that unless you have special medical requirements, a healthy adult with good dietary habits does not necessarily benefit from vitamins.

Down the Block

Vitamins and supplements aren’t going to fix a bad diet. Experts recommend eating a well-balanced, healthy diet and taking supplements if necessary, to fill in any nutritional gaps. You may not need a prescription to get over the counter vitamins and supplements but you should check with your doctor before adding any medications to your daily regimen. If your doctor does recommend that you add vitamin supplements to your daily intake, it is very important that you take them exactly as directed. It is possible to have too much of a good thing – so taking more isn’t necessarily better for you. Many nutrients, in too high a dose, can be dangerous. Remember, supplements are designed to supplement your diet. Popping dietary supplements is not the answer to good health. For a great way to add healthy, nutritious vegetables to your diet and stay active at the same time – read our Green Thumbs-Up for a Healthy Retirement article on page 6.



Looking for a place to stay while visiting Fort Campbell? Then look no further! IHG Army Hotels on Fort Campbell is the best choice for lodging when staying on post. They offer two locations to better serve you. Turner Guest House is the larger of the two locations. It is fully equipped with wheelchair accessibility and some rooms offer kitchenettes. Rooms come in a variety of single queens to doubles, or king sized beds. Richardson is the post’s other IHG location. It is comprised of single queens, kings, and double beds. Both locations promise top rate customer service to Active Duty, Retirees, Family members, and Civilians. “IHG Army Hotels honor Retirees and their service,” said IHG Army Hotels on Fort Campbell General Manager, Mary Horner. “We offer a special Retiree Rate to military Retiree ID card holders.” Horner expressed that Retiree lodgers can save up to 20% on room rates. Rooms range from $59 to $85 a night. Horner also explained that both 13

Fort Campbell locations will be undergoing some exciting renovations and changes this year as work is underway to be branded Holiday Inn Express® hotels. IHG Army Hotels on Fort Campbell provides guests with all the amenities of off post hotels, and more, such as upgraded rooms, complimentary breakfast, weekly socials, free guest Internet access and a courteous staff that recognizes the needs of military travelers. Plus, staying on post provides the security of 24-hour controlled gate access, on the installation, provided by Soldiers and DOD Security Services. It is also the most convenient location to stay and close to all Fort Campbell has to offer! To book your stay and to take advantage of the special Retiree Rate that IHG Army Hotels offer at any of their 39 locations nationwide, and click in the Retiree Rate link, or call (877) 711-8326. If you would like to call IHG Army Hotels on Fort Campbell direct for booking, call (270) 439-2229. Links to IHG Army Hotels and other travel needs such as dining and entertainment can also be found at

Summer 2014 Fort Cambell MWR Life for Retirees