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Energizing Your

Mind Body Spirit in Southwest Oklahoma


Introduction Energizing Your Mind, Body and Spirit in Southwest Oklahoma "This is the first generation of children in the history of our country whose life expectancy is not expected to be that of their parents because of obesity and inactivity and the associated medical problems like diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. We say, 'Not Our Kids'. We can and we will do something about it. All of the partners are committed to working together to create a community for our children to grow up in where fitness and health are no longer a project; but a way of life." To help families begin this incredible journey, we have created the Energizing Your MIND BODY SPIRIT in Southwest Oklahoma guide. It includes program and activity information from various military and civilian agencies that will ultimately improve health and wellness in MIND BODY SPIRIT! Dr. Ben Cooper Fit Kids Coalition Chairman

Kelley Bass, Miracle League Barry Beauchamp, Superintendent, Lawton Public Schools

Lon Parks, Friends of the Trail

Dr. Ben Cooper M.D., Comanche Co. Memorial Hospital Administrative Physician (Chairman)

Brenda Spencer-Ragland,  Director, Fort Sill Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation

Lori Cummins, Comanche County Memorial Hospital Foundation

Carl Rankin, Executive Director, Lawton YMCA

Janice Drewry, Lawton City Council

Keith Reed, Director, Comanche County Health Department

Jennifer Holland, Dean of Students, Cameron University

Jeff Rupert, Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

Dr. Ed Legako M.D.,  Pediatrician Marty New, Comanche County Exten-

Dr. Ann Warn M.D., Oklahoma State Board of Health

sion Director, OSU Extension Brandie O’Connor,  Oklahoma State Department of Health Turning Point

Liz Wyatt, Web Site Development 1


Table of Contents Mind Fort Sill Youth Cooking Club....................................................................................5 7 Habits of Highly Effective Military Families..........................................................6 Cherish the Gift.........................................................................................................7 Financial Readiness Training/Army Emergency Relief Assistance......................8 Fort Sill Volunteer Program.......................................................................................9 “Make My Day” Respite Care ..............................................................................10 Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills (PAIRS)..............................11 Deployment Cycle Support Training....................................................................12 Caravan Club.........................................................................................................13 Explorers Club.........................................................................................................14

Body Farmer’s Market......................................................................................................15 Youth Sports Start Smart.........................................................................................16 Fit Kids Fitness Trail Way..........................................................................................17 Fort Sill Youth Sports Fitness Club...........................................................................18 CG’s Challenge......................................................................................................19 Civilian Health Improvement Program.................................................................20 Fort Sill Fitness Programs..........................................................................................21 Friends of the Trail....................................................................................................22 Midnight Basketball................................................................................................23 Nature Quest...........................................................................................................24 Chamber of Commerce Community Wellness Challenge...............................25 Lawton Public Schools: Healthy School Program..........................................26-27 Beat the Track.........................................................................................................28 Outdoor Recreation Trips.......................................................................................29 Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH).............................................30 Kids in the Kitchen...................................................................................................31 2


Table of Contents Certified Healthy Business Program..................................................................32-33 Farm-to-School.........................................................................................................34 Outdoor KID! Explore Your World Guide..............................................................35 Active Kids ………………………...…………................……………………………… 36 6th Hour Physical Education ………………..........……………….....……………… 37 Jumping Jacks Gymnastics ……………...........……………………………………. 38 YES– Running …………………….…………..............………………………………… 39 Lawton Community Health Center ………......…….…………………………….. 40

Spirit Miracle League of Lawton-Fort Sill.......................................................................41 Warrior Adventure Quest.......................................................................................42 Survivor Outreach Services....................................................................................43 Safe Routes to School.............................................................................................44 EDGE .......................................................................................................................45 Coaches University.................................................................................................46 Fort Sill Recycling Center.......................................................................................47 Exceptional Family Member Program..................................................................48 SKIESUnlimited..........................................................................................................49 LETRA........................................................................................................................50 Fort Sill Parks

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Army Family Team Building....................................................................................52

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Mind Fort Sill Youth Cooking Club What? Cooking Club teaches youth participants how to cook in a healthy, fun, and safe way. The club takes mock shopping trips to pick out healthy and affordable food choices. Why? To teach our youth how to make healthy choices in the kitchen as well as how to cook, use utensils, and go shopping. When and Where? Located at the Fort Sill Youth Center, the program is offered 4-5 p.m. one afternoon a week during the school year and Mondays during the summer. Success! Participants come out of the program with improved cooking skills and a greater understanding of nutrition. Contact: Fort Sill Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Youth Center Manager 580-442-5959

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Mind 7 Habits of Highly Effective Military Families What? This two-day workshop provides Army Families with a framework for applying universal, self-evident principles that enable family members to better communicate about their problems and resolve them successfully. Why? Deal with relocation or Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Anticipate all phases of deployment Apply an “Inside-Out Approach� to problem solving and goal creation Resolve differences in marriage and family relationships by creatively cooperating together Leverage family services available on and off the base Build and rebuild relationships of trust and love at home and with extended family Build family traditions and unity Learn speaker-listener techniques Strengthen companionship Learn practical skills for dealing with financial issues When and Where? Please see Family & MWR Calendar at www.sillmwr.com and ACS social media at www.facebook/FortSillACS Success! Franklin Covey certified trainers deliver this award-winning, research-validated, values-based curriculum proven to increase life satisfaction and coping skills. Contact: Fort Sill Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Family Wellness Coordinator 580-442-6458

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Mind Cherish the Gift (formerly Family Wellness Seminar) What? Cherish the Gift classes are taught by leading behavioral health and life skills educators from Army Family Covenant and Army Community Covenant agencies. Why? To offer high quality, high impact, skills building family life education in a professional, respectful, choice driven format. Allows Soldiers and their Family Members to customize their own learning experience based on their unique set of circumstances and interests. When and Where? Please visit the Family & MWR Calendar at www.sillmwr.com and ACS social media at www.facebook/FortSillACS. Success! The coordinating committee ensures high quality curriculum and instruction while remaining flexible enough to respond to newly published marriage and parenting books. The classes pull together off-post professionals to deliver instruction in a coordinated format and also allow participants to sample a wide variety of curriculum and instructors quickly and efficiently. Contact: Fort Sill Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Family Advocacy Program Manager 580-442-3779

Thank you so much for such a great line-up of classes. The agenda had so much to choose from and the instructors made it so lively and fun, I wish we could have had another day of learning!� Participant evaluation form comment

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Mind Financial Readiness Training and Army Emergency Relief Assistance What? Financial Classes are taught to units across the installation when requested, and financial counselors are also available. Financial assistance is available through the Army Emergency Relief Program. Why? To increase readiness and improve the quality of life throughout the Fort Sill community. When and Where? Eight hour blocks of Financial Management Training for First Term Soldiers are presented every Thursday throughout the year. Relocation classes are presented on a monthly basis to Soldiers departing Fort Sill as their First Permanent Change of Station. Success! Continually provide financial information and training throughout the community. Providing Army Emergency Relief assistance to help solve emergency family issues will allow the family to be more focused on accomplishing the mission. Contact: Fort Sill Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Financial Readiness Program Manager 580-442-2946

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Fort Sill Volunteer Program What? Fort Sill offers many rewarding opportunities to volunteer throughout the community. Examples include putting together materials for classes, filing, data entry, working with children, helping with special events and many others. Why? Improve current skills Develop new expertise Relieve stress Meet new people When and Where? Volunteer positions are offered during weekday business hours with a few weekend positions available. Success! Over 1,200 volunteers help on Fort Sill. Many services would not be possible if not for these volunteers. Contact: Fort Sill Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Volunteer Coordinator 580-442-4682

Volunteering at Army Community Service was the biggest thing I had during my husband’s deployment. They not only gave me something to positive to focus on they paid for my childcare while I was in the office volunteering. I don’t think I would have made it through otherwise.” - Stefanie S., military spouse 8


Mind “Make My Day” Respite Care What?

Fort Sill Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation acknowledges parents and caregivers lead busy, eventful lives. The “Make My Day” Respite Care Program provides free short-term childcare for families and caregivers in need of a break when feeling stressed due to the demands of Army life. Why? Enhance the overall well-being of the family unit. When and Where? Services are offered on case-by-case basis. Please visit Army Community Service Monday –Thursday 7:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. and Friday 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. or call for information. Success! Families and caregivers report that they are re-energized and recharged after utilizing the program. Contact: Fort Sill Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Information and Referral Program Manager 580-442-4916

“As a junior-enlisted family, money is always tight. Make My Day was a wonderful no-cost service that gave me time to do mundane tasks such as cleaning our apartment while the kids were not there running afoot. I also used the services when interviewing for a job, running errands, and volunteering at my daughter’s school. Being new to the community, it was great to be able to put my children into a day care facility that I trusted and that my kids had so much fun at as well. I would recommend others to look into the Make My Day service—the process is fast and simple.” Nicolette O.

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Mind Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills (PAIRS) What? Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills (PAIRS) courses include proven lessons for deeper emotional understanding and practical skills for confiding, deepening empathy, listening, dealing with differences, and nurturing successful relationships. PAIRS acts to bridge therapy, marital enrichment and marriage and family development. Why? • Increase communication skills • Recommit to relationship • Increase emotional bond to partner • Deeper understanding of family origins • Increase marital satisfaction • Successfully teach and model healthy relationship skills to children When and Where? Please visit the Family & MWR Calendar at www.sillmwr.com and ACS social media at www.facebook/FortSillACS . Success! PAIRS Foundation certified marriage educators deliver nationally recognized, military specific, research validated curriculum proven to increase marital satisfaction and coping skills. Contact: Fort Sill Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Family Wellness Coordinator 580-442-6458

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Mind Deployment Cycle Support Training What? Training for Family Readiness Group (FRG) membership and leadership is available throughout the entire deployment cycle. Just as Soldiers train throughout the year to do their jobs in a deployed environment, the FRG has training available throughout the year so they are prepared when the Soldiers deploy. Why? To enhance unit cohesion and increase readiness by providing appropriate training for the FRG leadership and membership. When and Where? FRG Leadership training is available the 4th Wednesday of every month, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 203 of Bldg 4700 on Fort Sill. This is a series of three trainings available every quarter. Many other trainings related to pre deployment and post deployment are available upon request depending on the unit’s schedule. Success! Soldiers report that the more prepared their families are for deployment, the more focused they can be on their missions. Contact: Fort Sill Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Mobilization & Demobilization Coordinator 580-442-4916/0653

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Mind Caravan Club – Early Childhood Educational Field Trips What? Caravan Club is a monthly educational field trip for children birth to five and their stay-at-home parent. Over the past two years venues have included local and state museums, educational stage plays, working farms, petting zoos, pumpkin patches, farmers markets and the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Although most educational curriculum at such venues is geared toward school age children each of the locations have been pleased to work with our prevention staff to make appropriate early childhood modifications. Why? Promote healthy living and lifestyle choices in young children and their families as a unit rather than separately; Ensure each military child has a healthy start in life and promote school readiness; Reduce child abuse potential; Decrease isolation among stay-at-home military parents. When and Where? Please visit www.sillmwr.com or www.facebook/FortSillACS for schedule. Success! This was one initiative in a military community-wide prevention campaign that shifted the child abuse risk demographic away from infants. The club, which was born as a result of military parent focus groups, is extremely popular and well attended by both the target demographic population as well as military parents who home school their children. Contact: Fort Sill Family, and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Family Wellness Coordinator 580-442-6458

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Mind Explorers Club – Directed Play What? Explorers Club is a weekly early childhood learning activity for Military children (ages birth to five) and their stay-at-home caregiver. The open, weekly group activity is planned and lead by Army prevention specialists. Children learn while they think and play. Parents network and support their child’s developmental milestones by helping them through each guided activity. Each weekly lesson plan is centered around a theme and has at least five activities including a book, song or rhyme, gross motor activity, early literacy game supporting either math, science or reading skills, and a fine motor craft activity. Why? Promote healthy living and healthy lifestyle choices in young children and their families as a unit rather than separately. Ensure each military child has a healthy start in life and promote school readiness. Reduce child abuse potential. Decrease isolation among stay-at-home military parents. When and Where? Please visit www.sillmwr.com or www.facebook/FortSillACS for schedule. Success! This was one initiative in a military community-wide prevention campaign that shifted the child abuse risk demographic away from infants. The club, which was born as a result of military parent focus groups, is extremely popular and well attended. Once each group activity is completed the lesson plans are posted on-line for geographically dispersed military parents to download and conduct at home. Contact: Fort Sill Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Family Wellness Coordinator 580-442-6458

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Body Farmer’s Market What? A local pediatrician, County Extension Agent and other community leaders began discussing the fact that Southwest Oklahoma Fit Kids is promoting healthy eating, yet there is not a local farmers market. After a few short weeks of planning, the Farmer’s Market opened with great success and has received substantial media coverage. The Lawton Farmer’s Market is managed by the Southwest Oklahoma Grower’s Association. Why? Make locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables available to the community. When and Where? Located at the Comanche County Fairgrounds, the market is open Wednesday and Saturday from 730 a.m.-12 p.m. or until growers sell out. Success! Growers sell out of goods within a few short hours of opening. Contact: Comanche County Extension, OSU Extension 580-355-1176 www.swokgrowers.org

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Body Youth Sports Start Smart What? The Youth Sports Start Smart program, created by the National Alliance for Youth Sports is an innovative step-by-step approach that builds confidence and self-esteem in a fun and safe sports environment. The program is targeted for ages Pre-Kindergarten to 5th grade. Why? To help our young kids get ready for sports and teach them how to succeed. When and Where? Please visit www.sillmwr.com for schedule. Success! Participants come away with valuable knowledge about teamwork and how to keep physically fit. Contact: Fort Sill Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Youth Sports Director 580-442-5926

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Body Fit Kids Fitness Trail Way What? The project was created in 2005-2006 by the late Duty Rowe, who had the idea to construct a bikeway from Cache, through the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge and the Town of Medicine Park, and on to the intersection of Highways 49 and 58. The bikeways appealed to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) because they would double as road shoulders (improving existing roads), and improve safety by separating bicyclists from cars. The first phase was planned as a three-mile bikeway from Cache to the Wildlife Refuge gate. Why? • Promote fitness by promoting cycling, walking and hiking • Create a seamless biking, hiking and walking trail from Cache to Lake Lawtonka • Construct as much of the trail as possible with Federal/State dollars • Memorialize a man who loved the area and its activities When and Where? Lake Elmer Thomas Recreation Area (LETRA) and the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Success! Funding supported the first phase of the Trail. In 2007-2008, the Wildlife Refuge announced that the Interior Department would design and fund the second phase: a five-year bikeways project through the Refuge, continuing the Fitness Trail to the Medicine Park Gate of the Refuge. This is the first project of this magnitude through a wildlife refuge in the United States. Contact: Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 580-429-3222 Project Coordinator 580-529-2825 We have a responsibility to give our children every opportunity to lead healthy, happy lives and to make improvements and build a community that promotes healthy lifestyles and that gives all of us greater quality of life. Much of my interest stems from my solid conviction that access to nature and the outdoors are very important aspects of a healthy community and we need to include environmental protection and conservation in our vision for the future.” - Jeff Rupert, Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 16


Body Fort Sill Youth Sports and Fitness Club What? Sports and Fitness Club teaches youth how to have fun playing sports, making healthy life choices, have a good workout, and use healthy eating habits. Why? To teach our youth how to have fun while working out and to learn a healthy lifestyle. When and Where? Two afternoons a week from 4-5 p.m. during the school year and Thursdays from 4-5 p.m. during the summer. Success! The youth love this club because they get to do physical activity and have fun while doing it. Contact: Fort Sill Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Youth Sports Director 580-442-5926

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Body Commanding General’s Challenge What? Commanding General’s Challenge-Western Miles is a running and walking program to promote the health and well-being of Fort Sill Soldiers, Families, retirees, and civilians, as well as the Lawton-Fort Sill community. Why? The challenge is to run or walk: 100 Miles (Children 16 years and younger) 300 Miles- Bronze Level 600 Miles- Silver Level 1000 Miles- Gold Level 1200 Miles- Plaque (Family) When and Where? The challenge is held bi-annually at Fort Sill. Miles can be logged continuously at www.sillmwr.com Success! As of April 28, 2010, 18,860 Soldiers have walked or run 4,834,048 miles; 1,321 family members and civilians have walked or run 53,832 miles; and 24,237 students, faculty and staff have walked or run 204,599 miles. There are over 37,000 participants and the number continues to grow. Contact: Fort Sill Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Fitness Coordinator 580-442-6175

The Army has made a conscious decision to promote health and fitness. We can make a difference by raising everyone’s awareness. We have so much potential here in Southwest Oklahoma and this is just our way of energizing everyone.” - Major General David Halverson, Commanding General of Fort Sill 18


Body Civilian Health Improvement Program (CHIP) What? The program is designed to improve the health and wellbeing of the Fort Sill civilian workforce, and to establish guidance on publicizing and encouraging voluntary participation. CHIP is open to all Department of the Army civilian employees assigned to Fort Sill. Why? To improve the physical and mental well-being of civilian employees. When and Where? To encourage participation in one or more of the CHIP programs, supervisors may authorize use of up to three hours of administrative leave during duty hours per week over a total of six consecutive months. Employees who are involved in physical activity totally outside their normal duty hours are not required to report nor obtain approval to participate. Success! The program supports the resiliency and balance of civilian employees. Also, studies show healthy employees have more motivation as well as energy, and are more productive in completing their job requirements. Contact: First Line Supervisors www.sillmwr.com/chip.html

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Body Fort Sill Fitness Programs What? Fort Sill offers over 15 different fitness classes throughout the three physical fitness centers and other locations on the installation for every fitness level, goal, interest, and age. In addition, units can schedule an instructor to lead their physical fitness training. All programs focus on the newest fitness trends, and most of the programs are family oriented. Why? • Fight obesity/childhood obesity • Provide physical activity opportunities • Provide lifestyle workshops • Provide motivation and guidance for physical activity • Provide a safe environment for physical activity • Provide opportunity to socialize and build friendships When and Where? Please visit www.sillmwr.com to view class times, dates, and locations. Success! Each class hosts 20 to 30 participants. More than 350 persons participate in the classes daily. Customers participating on a regular basis claim to lose weight, feel better about themselves, feel more energized, and build friendships. Parents spend quality time with their children while participating in physical activity. Units have significantly improved their Soldiers’ physical fitness. Contact: Fort Sill Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Fitness Coordinator 580-442-6175

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Body Friends of the Trail What? Friends of the Trail is a group of citizen activists from the Lawton, Oklahoma community whose goal is to facilitate the funding and timely construction of a series of trails throughout the area to be enjoyed by bicyclists, skateboarders, inline skaters, walkers, and other outdoor enthusiasts. Trails will be used additionally to provide schoolchildren with safer paths to their Lawton area school. The trails will also be the site of cycling events, as well as other community activities. These trails will ultimately extend throughout the Lawton metropolitan area and into Fort Sill and other parts of Comanche County. Why? The goal of Friends of the Trail is to improve the quality of life and health for Lawton area residents and to enhance the overall appeal of our community, now and in the years to come. When and Where? Throughout the Lawton-Fort Sill community. Success! The group has garnered community support for the trails in the community. In addition, the Tour of the Wichitas Bike Ride has become an annual event that ranges from a short, scenic ride to a 60-mile challenge. Contact: Friends of the Trail 580-353-7496 City of Lawton Parks and Recreation 580-581-3375

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Body Midnight Basketball What? During the summer, the Lawton Family YMCA opens up basketball courts to engage teens in positive activity rather than risky behaviors. The program is FREE and open to ages 13-18. Why? • Gang Intervention • Keep teens off the streets • Provide praise and worship opportunity • Provide lifestyle workshops • Provide Physical Activity Opportunities When and Where? Lawton Family YMCA. Success! • Over 500 Teens participate weekly • Growth, to include middles school children at another site • 23 teens made a public display of acceptance Contact: Lawton Family YMCA 580-355-9622

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Body Nature Quest What? This week-long summer camp brings inner city youth to the majestic Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge, presented by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The campers enjoy playing outdoors and learn about nutrition and physical activity in addition to biology and outdoor survival. Why? Expose youth to the outdoors. When and Where? Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge during the summer months. Success! The Summer 2010 session completed a successful program with 60 participants, and planning is continuing for the next session. Contact: Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge 580-429-3222 Comanche County OSU Extension 580-355-1176 Comanche County Health Department 580-585-6682 Lawton YMCA 580-355-9622

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Body Chamber of Commerce Community Wellness Challenge What? The Community Wellness Challenge is a comprehensive wellness challenge. Participants receive a basic biometric screening and can obtain an optional blood screening at the beginning and end of a calendar year. Participants attend quarterly weigh-ins, monthly educational events, and periodic activity points. Prizes are awarded based on total weight loss as well as overall improvement. The Business to Business Challenge allows employees to form teams and challenge opposing businesses. Why? To track and record health improvements among participants, and to promote participation within the community. When and Where? The year-long challenge starts in January of each year, and participants can sign up by contacting the Lawton-Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce or the Comanche County Health Department. Success! Currently approximately 850 individuals are enrolled. Contact: Lawton-Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce 580-357-9990

Lawton Family YMCA 580-355-9622

Comanche County Health Dept. 580-585-6686

Southwestern Hospital 580-531-4740

Comanche County Memorial Hospital 580-585-5406

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Body Lawton Public Schools: Healthy School Program What? In the fall of 2005 conversations began regarding the role LPS could play in encouraging more physical activity, more nutritional education and a wider variety of nutritional offerings in our schools. The Healthy School program was born. Why? To improve the health and wellness of 17,000 students and their families. When and Where? Lawton Public School system. Success! • Winner of 2010 American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation Alliance for a Healthier Generation Award • Signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, this organization provides guidance, support and resources as LPS’ 35 school sites strive to follow a blueprint for becoming exemplary “Health and Wellness” schools • Colloborated with and partially funded through the Comanche County Memorial Hospital • All 26 elementary schools have Kids’ Way Café - a bar of fresh fruits and vegetables - children may take all they want • Removed all fat fryers from elementary schools • Offer Wheat and low-fat cheese pizza • Subway sandwich offerings at secondary schools- fresh bread and mul tiple vegetables offerings • Initiating “baked” fries at secondary schools • Held Healthy food “culinary contests” at both elementary and high school level - “cook off” activities, judges and prizes • Hosted fine dining presentations at elementary schools to promote healthy and non-rushed meals

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Body Lawton Public Schools: Healthy School Program (cont.) • • • • • • • •

Middle school vending machines contain only sugar-free drinks Vending machine snacks contain nutritional value, as stipulated by the OSDE High school students can travel to YMCA to take a 6th hour class (lifetime activity: cycling, weights, rock wall climbing, aerobics, etc.) High school intramural flag football With the financial previsions of the McMahon Foundation, ten polar equip ment systems, and 300 heart monitor systems, were used at ten elemen tary schools during the 2008-2009 school year Coordinate the Polar Equipment Pilot project Provide professional development for all PE programs Observe and model teach for LPS PE teachers

Contact: Lawton Public Schools Health and Wellness Coordinator mpayne@lawtonps.org

“Our children must have communities that will look past the short term instant gratification trends that plague our society and concentrate on providing healthy lifelong lifestyle options that develop into the norm for our society rather than being the exception. Healthy lifestyles are a direct result of learned behaviors. Bottom line is that we, the generation that currently leads our nation, must step up and be the teachers and models of these behaviors if we truly want to do what is right for our children.” - Barry Beauchamp, Superintendent, Lawton Public Schools

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Body Beat the Track What? Beat the Track provides children an opportunity to run a short race at school (on the playground) once each month and compare their times each month to their best previous month’s performance. If they run faster in the current month than they did in a previous month’s Personal Best, they “Beat the Track”. Each student that runs on Beat the Track (Day) at School receives their own finish line photo that displays their official Beat the Track time for that day. Why? Reinvent the sport of Track & Field into a sport all young children (and their families) can participate in together so that being active becomes a lifestyle for the entire family. When and Where? Participating tracks around the Lawton community. Success! The children exposed to Beat the Track activities have become engaged in improving their Personal Best Times. Active Living! Contact: Enduro Sport    405-641-6006 kevin@enduro.us

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Body Outdoor Recreation Trips What? Fort Sill Outdoor Recreation encourages Soldiers, Families, retirees, and Department of Defense civilians to get outside in the summer with a variety of different trips for all ages, desires, and abilities. Why? • Provide opportunities for Soldiers and Families to spend time with each other. • Encourage recreation and physical activities. • Provide opportunities for Soldiers and Families to travel outside of the Law ton/ Fort Sill area. • Offer recreation activities as a means to reduce stress. When and Where? • Six Flags Over Texas Amusement Park, Arlington, TX • Hurricane Harbor Water Park, Arlington, TX • Whitewater Bay, Oklahoma City, OK • Frontier City, Oklahoma City, OK • Indoor Rock climbing, Rocktown USA, OKC • Waterskiing/Wakeboarding, Lake Lawtonka • Tubing, Lake Lawtonka • Paintball, Arena Paintball Pro, Lawton, OK • Whitewater Rafting and Pikes Peak, Fort Carson, CO Success! Soldiers and Family members participating reiterated that they had an enjoyable and rewarding time. Contact: Fort Sill Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Outdoor Recreation Programmer 580-442-3575

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Body Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) What? The Comanche County Health Department has partnered with Lawton Public Schools and the Lawton School Age Clubhouse to implement the CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) Kids Club. This program offers evidence-based, creative ways for children to learn that eating healthy and physical activity can be fun. The CATCH Kids Club curriculum is designed for elementary school aged children (K-5) in and after school settings. Why? Coordinated School Health is a process which brings a school and community together to teach children to be healthy for a lifetime. Effective coordinated school programs reinforce positive healthy behaviors throughout the day and makes clear that good health and learning go hand in hand. CATCH directly addresses 4 of the 8 CDC Coordinated School Health Model components. When and Where? Currently Lawton is conducting CATCH Kids Club in 14 after school sites: Lawton School Age Clubhouse, the following Elementary Schools; Almore West, Carriage Hills, Crosby Park, Douglass, Edison , Eisenhower, Hugh Bish, Park Lane, Pioneer Park, Sullivan Village, Whittier, and Woodland Hills. Success! Continued support from Lawton Public Schools staff in our afterschool programs makes this program successful. We hope our new partnership with Oklahoma State University will lead to grant opportunities to provide new physical activity equipment for our partner sites. Contacts: Lawton Public Schools Health and Wellness Coordinator 580-357-6900 Health Educator, Comanche County Health Department 580-585-6682 www.catchinfo.org 29


Body Kids in the Kitchen What? Junior League of Lawton Kids in the Kitchen project is a public awareness initiative to prevent and reverse the epidemic of childhood obesity. The Association of Junior Leagues International created the project. It was first implemented by the Junior League of Lawton in spring of 2007. Activities have included a recipe book, hands-on workshops, preparing snacks and meals with elementary students at Lawton Public Schools, grocery store tours and special speakers such as a local pediatrician to educate parents and children on the importance of healthy eating. Why? To raise awareness and participation of healthy lifestyle habits, such as family meal preparation and increasing physical activity, among families of elementary age children in order to prevent childhood obesity and associated health problems. When and Where? Initiatives take place in the Lawton community throughout the year. Success! Fourth and fifth graders from three extended day public elementary schools prepared dinner for their families and had special speakers; a pediatrician and childhood nutrition director from the Lawton Public School system spoke to educate families during the meal time. Recipe books were used as an incentive; huge success. Contact: Junior League of Lawton Project Coordinator 580-695-6300

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Body Certified Healthy Business Program What? The aim of this program is to encourage businesses to create healthier worksites by encouraging them to apply for statewide recognition as a Certified Healthy Business via the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s application process. Employers are asked to consider making it easier for employees to eat better, move more, and be tobacco free while on the job. Health screenings and health education is also assessed. Why? Promote health and wellness in the workplace. When and Where? Any business in the Lawton community can sign up to be a Certified Healthy Business Program! See contacts below for more information. Success! There are currently five Certified Healthy Business Programs in Lawton, and the hopes are to continue to have this number grow. Contact: Comanche County Health Department 580-585-6686 Great Plains Technology Center 580-250-5552 Comanche County Memorial Hospital 580-585-5406

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Body Farm-to-School What? In an initiative started by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, farm-toschool programs connect schools and local farmers. These schools procure from local farmers and include farm fresh foods in meals and snacks. The most effective farm-to-school programs incorporate nutrition-based curriculum and provide students with learning opportunities such as cooking demonstrations, gardening, farm visits, and other lessons that incorporate agricultural themes. Research is showing that when children have increased access to high quality fresh fruits and vegetables, they will eat more servings of these healthy foods, thereby improving both their eating habits and nutritional health. The Oklahoma Farm to School Project is brought to you by the Oklahoma Food Policy Council (a joint project of the Kerr Center and the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry) the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, the Oklahoma Dept. of Education, the US Dept. of Defense Farm Fresh program and Lawton Public Schools. Why? To make fresh, locally grown produce available to students in Lawton Public Schools; therefore, encouraging increased fruit and vegetable consumption. When and Where? Lawton Public Schools Success! Lawton Public Schools implemented the Farm-to–School project into its Food Services in Fall 2010! Contact: Farm-to-School Administrator 405-522-2106

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Body OUTDOOR KID! Explore Your World Guide What? The OUTDOOR KID! Guide is intended to get children excited about experiencing the outdoor environment and getting active by following its recreation path, nature path, and historical path. Each path lists several ideas for interactive activities and provides space for kids to write and draw about their experiences. With OUTDOOR KID!, children can learn, play and grow while enjoying what the great outdoors has to offer. Why? • Enhance writing skills and a child’s ability to express themselves through art • Encourage physical activity and being outside • Increase awareness of outdoor recreation opportunities in Southwest Oklahoma and other FMWR activities When and Where? Guides are available at the Fort Sill MWR Outdoor Adventure Center, Library, and Army Community Service. Success! First presented at the Family & MWR Family Wellness Seminar with great feedback from parents. Contact: Fort Sill Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Outdoor Recreation Programmer 580-442-3575

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Body Active Kidz What? The Lawton Family YMCA offers the Active Kidz fitness program to youth ages 9-15. The program includes a fitness orientation and consistent exercise throughout eight weeks, featuring aerobic training, weight training, kick boxing , pilates, yoga, zumba and the running track. Participants will also learn lifestyle sports such as basketball, flag football and volleyball. Why? Active Kidz seeks to improve the self-esteem of pre-teens and teenagers, increase confidence and social well-being, and interaction with their peers in an effort to reach weight loss goals and learn the keys to a healthy lifestyle. When and Where? Active Kidz is a year around program held at the Lawton Family YMCA on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30. Success! This program has proven to be very successful. Since its beginning in 2006, participation has averaged one hundred youth per year. Over 30% of the participants has lost an average of 15 pounds. As a result of that weight loss, self-esteem and social interaction has improved incrementally. Contact: Lawton Family YMCA Health and Wellness Director 580-355-9622

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Body 6th Hour Physical Education What? 6th Hour PE is designed to teach students how to practice a healthier lifestyle that will follow them throughout their lives. Fitness Assessments are given periodically and a grade is given at the end of each semester. Why? Physical Education in school has become a victim of budget cuts. Therefore, the YMCA, in conjunction with the Lawton area High Schools, developed 6th hour PE to teach exercise to teenagers as a life-time skill. The program teaches proper form and technique when exercising and helps teens interact with their peers. When and Where? 6th Hour PE is a part of the students’ curriculum. It is held at the Lawton Family YMCA. The students come to the YMCA for the program during 6th hour. Once the student signs up through their school, participation is required. Success! Since August 2006, the Y has had classes with more than 75 students in attendance. Over half of the students from previous years have graduated and still come to the YMCA to workout. Contact: Lawton Family YMCA Health and Wellness Director 580-355-9622

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Body Jumping Jacks Gymnastics What? This program is for children age 3 and up. Jumping jacks helps children fine tune their gross motor skills. The skills learned are balance, coordination , flexibility and strength. Why? Jumping Jacks is a stepping stone for gymnasts and cheerleaders. They will get a level course on basic skills. The program teaches proper stretching, front & back rolls, handstands etc. When and Where? We have classes ranging from beginner to advanced which are held Monday-Thursday beginning at 4:30 at the Lawton Family YMCA. Success! Jumping Jacks has grown steadily over the years. We now have over 25 children in our program, and participation grows every day. Several of our “graduates� have gone on to become gymnasts or cheerleaders and a byproduct has been self-confidence and a whole new set of friends. Contact: Lawton Family YMCA Health and Wellness Director 580-355-9622

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Body YES - Running What? YES-Running provides elementary school students with a real “Team Experience” that is associated with physical activity. YES-Running is based on the sport of Cross Country. Each homeroom can have two YES-Running teams - - - a boys team and a girls team. A short Cross Country course is designed and marked on the playground (approx. 1/4 mile). Once a month, each team gets to race on the course. The race is conducted as a Cross Country race with accurate course markings, starting line, finish line banner and finishing chutes. On Race Day, each team races - one team at a time. Each YES-Running Team has two goals: (1) for each member of the team to set a new personal best time / Personal Record (PR) each month; and, (2) for the Team to set a new Team Record (TR) each month. The Team can set a new Team Record (TR) each month if the average time of all team members is faster than the previous month’s average. Therefore, it is important for each team member to improve their individual times from one month to the next because each member’s time is important to the team’s average time (TR) and success. Why? Reinvent the sport of Cross Country into a running sport in which all children can be successful runners and important to the success of their team. When and Where? Participating schools in the Lawton area during the school year. Success! The success of the program is measured by personal and team improvement, as well as the overall “Team Experience” of each student. Contact: Youth ENDURO Sports, Inc. 405-241-6006 www.yesrunning.org

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Body Lawton Community Health Center What? Lawton Community Health Center (LCHC), a federally qualified health center partially funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). Why? Serves residents of Comanche County and surrounding counties. In addition to providing primary care to individuals with Medicaid (SooonerCare), Medicare, and private insurance, LCHC provides primary healthcare to those residents who do not have health insurance. Care is provided on a sliding fee schedule, which is based on the number of individuals living in the household and the total household income. Patients are required to provide proof of income to ensure they receive discounts for which they are eligible. The physicians of LCHC provide services to all age groups so that all may have a medical home. Patients choose their physician and that physician provides their care on an ongoing basis. All physicians at LCHC are board certified in their specialty. When and Where? The Center is located at 3811 W. Gore Boulevard, Lawton, OK. Hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9 am to 6 pm, closing for lunch from 1 to 2 pm. Wednesday from 8 am to 5 pm, closing for lunch from 1 to 2 pm. Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, closing for lunch from 12 noon to 1 pm. Appointments are encouraged. Walk-ins are seen as the schedule allows. Success! Documented improvement in the health care measures in preventative health services for women’s health screening, hypertension control, and childhood immunization rates. Contact: Lawton Community Health Center (580) 355-5242

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Spirit Miracle League of Lawton-Fort Sill

What? The Miracle League of Lawton-Fort Sill was founded in 2007 with a goal to offer baseball and other sports to the mentally and physically challenged children of the Lawton-Fort Sill community in a safe, organized, and fun manner. Since the main barriers for these children arise from the natural grass and dirt fields used in conventional youth leagues, Miracle League teams play on a custom-designed, rubberized turf field that accommodates wheelchairs and other assistive devices. Why? Provide a place for children with physical and mental disabilities to play baseball and be physically active in a safe environment. When and Where? Elmer Thomas Park. Success! Ground breaking in Spring 2010 with completion scheduled for late 2010. Contact: Miracle League of Lawton-Fort Sill Project Coordinator 580-248-0337 Lawton Family YMCA 580-355-9622

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Spirit Warrior Adventure Quest What? Operation Warrior Adventure Quest (WAQ) assists Soldier reintegration, empowers small-unit leaders, maintains combat readiness, rebuilds unit cohesion, and provides an opportunity to interact with each other outside of their normal settings to assist in identifying harmful emotions related to deployment separation, resolve reintegration issues, recover their mental wellbeing, and develop the ability to relax in a non-combat environment. Why? • Facilitate reintegration through chaplain- directed unit interaction. • Introduce adventure activities as a positive alternative to high risk/destructive behaviors. • Identify Soldiers who are potentially high risk and/or have harmful emo tions related to deployment. • Reduce stress associated with reintegration through facilitated group discussions. • Allow Soldiers to maintain combat bonds while developing their ability to build/strengthen friendships and family relationships. When and Where? Schedule with returning unit within 120 days of redeployment. Success! Feedback from participating Soldiers indicates the program is a great stress reliever and a good way to get to know other Soldiers in the unit. Contact: Fort Sill Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Outdoor Recreation Programmer 580-442-3575

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Spirit Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) What? Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) provides a holistic, multi-agency approach to address Survivors’ needs throughout their healing journey. Why? Help Survivors to find their “new normal” Advocate on behalf of Survivors Assessment of financial needs and goals Assist with referrals and follow up on Families’ outstanding issues Provide a clear action plan Conduct education and information briefings When and Where? Briefings and trainings are conducted throughout the year. Support groups are offered the second Thursday of each month in morning and evening sessions. Success! Sympathy cards and comfort kits provided to Families of the Fallen Saved Surviving Families $225,000 since onset of program in May 2009 Surviving Families participated in the Snowball Express Good Grief camp attendance YMCA Summer camp attendance Positive feedback from children after reading comfort kit books Contact: Fort Sill Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Survivor Outreach Services 580-442-4282

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Spirit Safe Routes to School (SRTS) What? Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is sustained efforts by parents, schools, community leaders and local, state, and federal governments to improve the health and well-being of children by enabling and encouraging them to walk and bicycle to school. SRTS is a 100 percent federally funded reimbursement program. Why? SRTS programs examine conditions around schools and conduct projects and activities that work to improve safety and accessibility, and reduce traffic and air pollution in the vicinity of schools. As a result, these programs help make bicycling and walking to school safer and more appealing transportation choices thus encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age. When and Where? In Lawton, SRTS is a program known for the “Walking School Bus”. SRTS began as a pilot project at Howell and Whittier Elementary Schools to combat traffic congestion and provide an environment where children walk or bike to school safely. The pilot project was very successful, as a result three additional schools have implemented a SRTS program: Hugh Bish Elementary, Swinney Elementary, and Elgin Elementary. Success! 4th Grade WALK Pedometer program– the goal is for participants to increase their individual activity levels by walking a minimum of 10,000 steps every day. The first year 41 kids met their goal, the second year that number increased to 181, the third year at 300 and last year the program had 438 students. (The average number of 4th grade students is approximately 1,100.) Contact: Comanche County Health Department 580-585-6682 www.okladot.state.ok.us/srts/index.php

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Spirit EDGE What? The Edge program, in support of the Army Family Covenant (AFC) and the Soldier Family Action Plan (SFAP) was developed as an alternative after-school enrichment program. Why? Art Edge focuses on skills while exposing participants to the arts building self-esteem. Fit Edge educates and encourages children and youth to incorporate a healthier lifestyle through physical activity and nutritional awareness programs. Life Edge imparts skills needed for life-long growth as well as the exploration of future career fields. Adventure Edge encourages children and youth to embrace the outdoors and nature while being exposed to activities that stimulate relaxing. Promotes positive behavior and reduces the incidence of “at-risk� behavior of youth. Enhances parent/child relationships and develops social competence and resiliency skills. When and Where? Please visit www.sillmwr.com for updated schedules. Success! Volunteer instructors have increased numerously since program start Several Edge classes have turned into on-going skills programs Contact: Fort Sill Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation EDGE Program Specialist 580-442-2649

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Spirit Coaches University What? Coaches University is a partnership with the Cameron University Athletic Department. The purpose is to put on seminars for all the parents, students, coaches and referees of any given athletic program where sportsmanship and health and fitness for life are the focus. In conjunction with a new NCAA 11 nation-wide initiative called “Game Environment” (focusing on sportsmanship and proper behavior) Coaches University will provide coaches, players, and physical education students at Cameron an opportunity for meaningful community involvement. Why? • To provide Lawton Public Schools with volunteers who are truly interested officiating and coaching sports • To educate kids and parents in a number of categories from how to coach, crowd behavior, simple First Aid, nutrition, stretching, etc. • Community service hours to meet Cameron’s Athletic Department re quirement as well as meet the NCAA’s initiative of “Community Engage ment” When and Where? Varies with each program. Success! Last year the program worked with the local YMCA youth basketball coaches prior to their winter season and achieved much success. The intent is to continue to work with the YMCA again while adding other agencies as the program continues to grow. Contact: Cameron University Athletic Director 580-581-2306

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Spirit Fort Sill Recycling Center What? The Fort Sill Recycling Center offers a complete recycling program that accepts white paper, newspaper, cardboard, magazines, office waste, mixed paper, shredded paper, plastic (PET 1 & 2), steel cans and aluminum cans. This is a voluntary program with collection bins available 24 hours a day. Why? Strive to educate the community in how to take care of the Earth; Provide the opportunity for people to feel they have made a difference. When and Where? The Center is open year round with collection bins available 24 hrs a day. Office hours from Memorial Day to Labor Day are 6:00 a.m.– 2:30 p.m. The rest of the year the office hours are 7:30 a.m.– 4:00 p.m. Success! • In 2009, the Center recycled 1,494 tons of paper and cardboard, saving: • 25,398 trees • 10,458,000 gallons of water • 4,614 cubic yard of landfill Contact: Fort Sill Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Recycle Center Program Manager 580-442-5712

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Spirit Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) What? Exceptional Family Member Program is a mandatory enrollment program for Soldiers with any Family member(s) with any medical or educational needs.  It is the Army’s tracking system to identify family members with particular needs to ensure that Soldiers get stationed in places where those needs can be met.  EFMP also works closely with other military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive and coordinated services to Families with special needs once they are stationed at a military installation.  In particular, EFMP can assist with community support, housing, medical, educational and/or personnel services.  Why? • Information and Referral • Advocacy and Support Groups • Respite Care • Permanent Change of Station Assistance When and Where? EFMP is open Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m.– 4:00 p.m. For information on any EFMP services and/or events, please visit www.sillmwr.com. Success! • EFMP Respite Care – provides a temporary rest break for Family members responsible for regular care of persons with disabilities. • Camp Cowabunga – Fort Sill’s summer camp for children with moderate to severe special needs in the Lawton-Fort Sill community. Contact: Fort Sill Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Exceptional Family Member Program Coordinator 580-442-4916

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Spirit SKIES Unlimited What? The name SKIESUnlimited combines the acronym for “School of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration, and Skills” with the word “Unlimited” for the unlimited learning possibilities. SKIESUnlimited encompasses instructional programs for children and youth from infancy to adolescence. The four schools of knowledge offered are: • School of Academic Skills, Mentoring and Intervention • School of Arts, Recreation and Leisure • School of Life Skills, Citizenship and Leadership • School of Sports, Fitness and Health Why? The instructional classes help build character and teach life skills that can be applied throughout their development. When and Where? Please visit www.sillmwr.com for schedule. Success! Over 200 children have participated in the program, and the numbers continue to grow. Contact: Fort Sill Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation SKIES Program Specialist 580-917-4492

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Spirit Lake Elmer Thomas Recreation Area (LETRA) What? Lake Elmer Thomas Recreation Area (LETRA) is Fort Sill’s premier lake-side recreation area surrounded by the breathtaking Wichita Mountains. The 360acre lake is surrounded by a sandy beach and picturesque native prairie. LETRA is open-year round for camping, fishing, swimming, miniature golf, picnics, and beautiful views. Admission to LETRA is free. The facilities and services at LETRA are provided for leisure time recreation. Why? • De-stress from everyday life • Relax in peaceful outdoor environment while enjoying all the activities LETRA has to offer When and Where? LETRA is open to the public. Reservations for cabins can be made up to 60 days in advance. Please visit www.sillmwr.com/letra for access information and hours of operation. Success! Since the grand opening ceremony in April 2010, the LETRA cabins have been reserved every weekend. Contact: Fort Sill Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation LETRA 580-442-5854

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Spirit Fort Sill Parks What? Fort Sill offers a wide variety of accessible parks that each offer a unique and enjoyable experience with nature. Why? Each of the five parks can be reserved for a family picnic, work event, or other activity through the Fort Sill Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Outdoor Adventure Center. The parks offer outdoor recreation opportunities as well as tranquil environments for rest and relaxation. When and Where? • CO-OP Park– Located on Upton road between Fort Sill Boulevard and Quinette Road next to Martha Song Bird Nature Area. • Medicine Creek Park– Located along the banks of historic Medicine Creek, across from the Nature Center. • Ambrosia Springs Park– Nestled in the woods off of Quinette Road. • Quinette Park– Offers a large open space directly off of Quinette Road. • Rucker Park– Originally built as a training site for the 1930’s Army Equestrian Team, this open park is located off of Rucker Road. Success! The CO-OP Park is now home to the innovative and fun NEOS interactive electronic game system, perfect for children and adults alike. Contact: Fort Sill Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Outdoor Adventure Center 580-355-8270

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Spirit Army Family Team Building (AFTB) What? Army Family Team Building (AFTB) classes are an educational program designed to give Soldiers, Family Members, DA Civilians, Retirees, and Surviving Spouses the tools to survive and thrive in the military life style. This is accomplished in three levels. Level I is known as “Army 101.” It teaches the basic fundamentals like military terms and acronyms, benefits and entitlements, introduction to military customs and courtesies, and the chain of command. Level II helps you develop life and leadership skills. This level covers a variety of topics, including communication, enhancing personal relationship, team dynamic, introduction to leadership and exploring personality traits. Level III enhances your professional growth and leadership development. Training on communication skills for leaders, understanding needs, leadership styles, building a cohesive team and delegation for leaders are some examples of what is offered in Level III. Why? AFTB helps with the transition into military culture, helps Families reach their maximum potential, and teaches foundational skills for resiliency in today’s Army. When and Where? All three levels are offered quarterly. See the Family & MWR Calendar at www.sillmwr.com and ACS social media at www.facebook/FortSillACS. Success! AFTB equips Soldiers, Family Members, and Department of the Army Civilians with tools to be resilient and successful in our ever changing military environment. Volunteers develop administrative and instructor skills that can be utilized on their resume for seeking employment. Lead surveys show that AFTB trained Soldiers and Families increase retention and satisfaction with the military. Contact: Fort Sill Army Family Team Building (AFTB) Program Manager 580-442-2382

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Bentley Gardens at Cameron University

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Fort Sill Fit Kids Mind Body Spirit Guide 2011