Wellness Wednesdays

Wellness Wednesday-January 20th, 2021

Fitness Center Reopening January 25th

Fitness Center Reopening

To meet workforce need and demand, MWR will be re-opening the fitness center with the following policies and procedures in place for Phase 1.

  • The fitness center will be open Monday through Friday, from 0600 to 1300 daily, except for holidays.
  • To use the fitness center, a reservation must be made with a fitness center staff member via phone.
    • Reservations may be made by calling 269-961-5350 or 269-961-7105 from 0600 to 1300 daily. No email reservations are accepted.
    • Reservations may be made 2 days in advance by those EC workforce members. All other members can make reservations 1 day in advance. Monday reservations can be made on Friday the prior week.
    • If a time slot is not filled, walk ins will be allowed on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Admittance during phase 1 will be limited to those EC workforce members, workforce assigned to the HDIFC during phase 1, and others who are recalled to the HDIFC for mission essential work. During phase 1 spouses, dependents, and retirees will not be allowed to use the fitness facilities.
  • During phase 1, only the main fitness center will be available for use.
  • Locker room facilities will be available but will be limited to 3 users at a time in the larger locker rooms, and 1 at a time in the smaller locker rooms, to promote social distancing guidelines.
  • During phase 1, only 10 patrons will be allowed each time slot. Time slots are 50 minutes each, except for a shortened block from 0930 to 0950.
  • During phase 1, the fitness center will close each day between 0900 and 0930 for a deep clean.
  • During phase 1, sauna facilities will remain unusable in keeping with recommended health practices.
  • Those using the fitness facilities will be required to always wear a mask during activity.
  • Patrons using the fitness facilities will be required to sign in daily, adhering to posted requirements.

As a reminder, at this time fitness time has not be reinstated throughout DLA, and patrons will need to participate in fitness activities before work, during lunch, while on leave or request core time deviation from their supervisor.

Those with questions can contact MWR Chief Tiffany Schmidt at 269-961-4200 or tiffany.schmidt@dla.mil

Download Policies & Procedures Flyer for MWR Fitness Center Reopening


Join MWR Fitness Center for Heathy Snacking

Join MWR Fitness Center as they host Healthy Snacking on January 26th, 2021 at 11:30 AM.

Healthy Snacking will be presented as part of the MWR Lunch & Learn Series and is part of Body Transformation 2021. Presenter will be Allisen Rogers, B.S., Community Nutrition Instructor with Michigan State University Extension. Presentation will be virtual.


  • What is the difference between and snack and a treat?
  • A snack you can have every day, and a treat is something you look forward to having on occasion.
  • Knowing the difference will help you in making healthy snacks for you and your family.

Join this presentation to learn about:

  • · Making tasty snacks that are family-friendly and great for your health
  • · Types of snacks to help keep you satisfied for longer
  • · Making your own grab-and-go snacks, that will give you energy and keep you healthy
  • · Snacks don’t have to be boring — spice them up!

Web Conf Url: https://conference.apps.mil/webconf/HealthySnacking

Call In: 410-874-6300 or DSN: 312-874-6300    Access:  639140050

Reasonable Accommodations Available Upon Request.

Once the presentation has begun, Relay can be viewed at: https://www.captionedtext.com/client/event.aspx?EventID=4666496&Customer...

Questions or additional information, feel free to contact Martha Kerns at Martha.Kerns@dla.mil

No official DLA or Department of Defense endorsement is implied.


Body Transformation 2021 Kickoff Has Begun

Body Transformation 2021 has started earlier this week. There is still an opportunity to join in on the challenge.  It will continue through January 18th, 2021 through March 5th, 2021.  Body Transformation 2021 will be sharing additional resources to help individuals achieve their goals.  Some of the resources will include virtual assessments and support from the Fitness Center personal trainers, stretches handouts, a Healthy Snacking presentation on January 26th, and much more. 

Some of the side effects from actively participating in Body Transformation 2021 include: More energy, better sleep, jump starting your metabolism. Participants are asked to weigh themselves to create a base line to measure progress.

For more information and or register, contact Martha Kerns at: Martha.kerns@dla.mil

NOTE: Due to Covid-19 Restrictions and limited Fitness Center usage, please refer to the MWR Fitness Center web page for exercises execution videos and workouts.


The 2021 Military Freedom Pass Now Available Through MWR ITR Offices

2-Park Universal Orlando 2021 Military Freedom Pass starts at $199 (3-Park also available for $235). This year’s pass is valid for the full year, available for use every day 1/1/21 though and including 12/31/21-unlimited use and no blockouts.

Eligible service members include active duty (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists), retired military service members, Department of Defense civilians and/or spouses of active duty and retired military.

Download the 2021 Military Freedom Pass Promotion Flyer

Those interested in purchasing the 2021 Military Freedom Pass can call the Battle Creek MWR ITR Offices at 269-961-5084

No official DLA or Department of Defense endorsement is implied.

January 2021 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

MWR Family Programs wraps up its campaign to provide information to promote National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. This week they are sharing information including some vulnerabilities that may place individuals at a greater risk.

The most common form of human trafficking (79%) is sexual exploitation. The victims of sexual exploitation are predominantly women and girls. Surprisingly, in 30% of the countries which provided information on the gender of traffickers, women make up the largest portion of traffickers.

The second most common form of human trafficking is forced labor (18%), although this may be a misrepresentation because forced labor is less frequently detected and reported than trafficking for sexual exploitation.

Human trafficking spans all demographics, trafficked persons most often come from positions of vulnerability. Those most vulnerable to trafficking include:

  • Come from a low socio-economic background
  • Be homeless or have run away from home
  • Be a political, cultural, or ethnic minority
  • Be an immigrant
  • Have a history of sexual abuse, rape, or domestic violence
  • Be in foster care
  • Have been subject to natural disasters, conflict, or political turmoil

Traffickers use these vulnerabilities to their advantage and use a number of tactics to establish control over victims. Violence, isolation, threats, deception, manipulation, debt bondage, prospects of an education, and romance are just a few methods used. Traffickers may operate alone with one or many victims or may be a part of an extensive criminal network. Examples of trafficking rings include gang members, family members, pimps, business owners, or smugglers.

Need help? Call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or live chat at humantraffickinghotline.org or text BeFree to 233733.

Upcoming in January 2021

  • January 18th, 2021: Body Transformation Begins
  • January 26th, 2021: Healthy Snacking with MSU Extension
  • January 27th, 2021: ITR Tickets & Travel Lunch & Learn
  • January 29th, 2021: Creating Calmness in Stressful Times

Wellness Wednesday-January 13th, 2021

January 2021 is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Human Trafficking most often occurs in plain sight, contrary to common conception. Being aware of human trafficking indicators is the first step in making a difference in the lives of those who may be entrapped. Some of the potential red flags and indicators of human trafficking and modern slavery:

  • Cannot leave their work environment or cannot quit to find another job
  • Do not have control over their wages, money, or finances
  • Show signs of physical abuse or injury
  • Are accompanied everywhere by someone who speaks for them
  • Appear to be fearful of or under the control of another person
  • Have health issues that have not been attended to
  • Owe money to an employer or another person whom they feel bound to repay
  • Describe moving or changing jobs suddenly and often
  • Are not working in the job originally promised to them
  • Lack identification, passport or other travel documents or do not have control of their documentation
  • Are a laborer, domestic servant or caretaker but never leave the home or workplace
  • Are threatened or afraid of being handed over to the authorities
  • Are forced to work under certain conditions
  • Work excessively long hours over long periods.

If you recognize any of these signs, please call 1-888-373-7888 to report a situation to the National Human Trafficking Hotline.

Body Transformation 2021 Begins January 18th


Starting January 18th, 2021 through March 5th, 2021, Body Transformation 2021 will be sharing additional resources to help individuals achieve their goals.  Some of the resources will include virtual assessments and support from the Fitness Center personal trainers, stretches handouts, a Healthy Snacking presentation, and much more.

Body Transformation can help kickstart an overall change in health and fitness.  To transform our bodies it takes the combination of several small goals.  

Committed participants can transform their bodies through hard work. It doesn’t matter where you are starting from.  After eight weeks if you have put in the effort, you will see results.  Side effects include: More energy, better sleep, jump starting your metabolism.

We ask that participants please weight yourself at home as it will give you a base line to see how you improved. 

For more information and or register, contact Martha Kerns at: Martha.kerns@dla.mil

NOTE: Due to Covid-19 Restrictions, please refer to the MWR Fitness Center web page for exercises execution videos and workouts.

Upcoming in January 2021

  • January 15th, 2021: Estate Planning- Protecting You, Your Family, and Your Legacy
  • January 18th, 2021: Body Transformation Begins
  • January 26th, 2021: Healthy Snacking with MSU Extension
  • January 27th, 2021: ITR Tickets & Travel Lunch & Learn
  • January 29th, 2021: Creating Calmness in Stressful Times

If you have missed any of MWR's Lunch & Learn Series, they can be viewed at: MWR Videos


Wellness Wednesday-January 6th, 2021

January 2021 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month 

MWR Family Programs has shared statistics and facts about something many people are not even aware even exists.

Human trafficking is the business of stealing freedom for profit. In some cases, victims are lied to, assaulted, threatened, or manipulated into working under inhumane, illegal or otherwise unacceptable conditions. In others, traffickers’ trick, defraud or physically force victims into selling sex. There are several forms of human trafficking such as forced labor, sex trafficking, organ trafficking, child marriage and debt bondage.

Human trafficking affects individuals across the world, and right here in Michigan. It is commonly regarded as the second largest criminal enterprise after drugs.


  • In 2019 there were 364 Human Trafficking cases reported in Michigan. 813 survivors were identified along with 153 traffickers and 62 trafficking businesses.
  • Nationally, there were 11,500 situations reported that include 22,362 survivors, 4,384 traffickers and 1,912 suspicious businesses.
    • As shocking as these numbers are, human trafficking is notoriously underreported, and they are likely only a fraction of the problem.
  • 2.4 million people across the globe are victims of human trafficking at any one time.
  • While women and girls are usually seen as the primary victim of human trafficking men and boys are also victimized at high rates. LGBTQ boys and young men are seen as particularly vulnerable to trafficking.
  • This is a multi-billion-dollar criminal industry that denies freedom to 24.9 million people around the world.

Recruitment Tactics

  • Intimate Partner/Marriage Proposition
  • Familial
  • Job offer/Advertisement
  • Posing as a benefactor
  • Fraud/False Promises


National Human Tracking Resource Center can confidentially be reached 24/7 at:

Call 1-888-373-7888

Text “BeFree” to 233733

Live Chat humantraffickinghotline.org

MWR Fitness Center Helping Patrons with Resolutions

Speaking of it being a New Year, the MWR 8 Week Body Transformation will be starting soon. We all have our own goals.  We want to be sure you know we are here to help. During the 8 Week Body Transformation we will be introducing you to the Fitness Center trainers, an updated Stretches Handouts, a Lunch and Learn session on Health Snacking and more. We will also be taking our Fitness Center Workouts page and breaking the movements down into specific areas they target. We how you will join us.

Updated Ticket Price List Now Available

Even if you are not traveling to some far away destination, there are still attractions you can safely visit closer to home. If you do, the MWR Tickets & More (ITR Office) can help you save.

View the updated Ticket Price List (defensemwr.com)


Outdoor Recreation Rental Equipment Program Updated Pricing Released

Currently the Equipment Checkout Program is operating on a limited basis due to Covid-19 restrictions.  The updated Equipment Checkout Pricing has been released. We hope that we may return as soon as possible to offering our patrons the services.

Download the Updated Equipment Price List Today

Upcoming in January 2021

January 2021: Body Transformation Begins

January 15th, 2021: Estate Planning- Protecting You, Your Family, and Your Legacy

January 26th, 2021: Healthy Snacking with MSU Extension

January 27th, 2021: ITR Tickets & Travel Lunch & Learn

January 29th, 2021: Creating Calmness in Stressful Times



Wellness Wednesday-December 16th, 2020

MWR Wellness Wednesdays Offering Resources to Focus on Wellness

Wellness Wednesdays 2

MWR has created one place to share all our Wellness Wednesday resources so that you can access them 24/7 at work or home.

View Wellness Wednesday now at: Wellness Wednesdays (defensemwr.com)

MWR Offering Workouts Page to Help Stay Fit and Maintain Healthy Workout Routines

Online Fitness 2

MWR  has created a one-stop page for workouts to help you keep up with your fitness routine or start a new one.

It can be found at the following link: MWR Fitness Center Workouts (defensemwr.com)

The newest addition to the Battle Creek Fitness Center Workout Page is the Lower Leg Tune-Up. The Lower Leg Tune-Up is available online on the Battle Creek Fitness Center Workout Page as well as downloadable (see below).


Lower Keg Tune-Up: https://www.defensemwr.com/docs/default-source/battle-creek-documents/fitnesscenterrelated/mwr_lowerlegtuneup_111720b.docx

Wellness Wednesday-December 9th, 2020

During this time of national crisis, we must manage two things simultaneously:

  1. Protect ourselves from the Coronavirus, and
  2. Protect ourselves from anxiety.

If your anxiety, fear, and worry has been overwhelming remember to breathe. Take just a couple of minutes and take some deep breaths.

Meditation is a mind and body practice where an individual uses a technique to focus the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity.

This will enhance overall health and well-being. When you practice focusing on one thing at a time during seated meditation,

it allows you to bring more focus, presence, and mindfulness into every other part of your life.

You can take action, meditate (a few minutes out of your day), and reduce anxiety.

You only need four elements for Meditation:

  1. Quiet Location with as few distractions as possible.
  2. A specific, comfortable posture (sitting, lying down, walking, or other positions).
  3. A focus of Attention (a word, or set of words, an object, or the sensations of the breath).
  4. Open Attitude (letting distractions come and go naturally without judging them).

Anxiety, Stress Relief, and Relieving Panic Attack Symptoms:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sz-cNBAK7Qs

Mindfulness Meditation-Reduce Stress and Anxiety in 6 minutes:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ml_rbk_qDEQ&t=311s

Morning Guided Meditation: 5 minutes for Positivity and Grounding:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SKnxLKNFGM

Sleep Meditation: Healing Trauma: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wE0Of6W_6RA

Numerous meditations can be found for free online or YouTube on the following topics: Stress Relief, Anxiety & Panic, Healthful Sleep, Relaxation & Wellness, Healing Trauma,

Ease Pain, Healthy Weight & Body Image, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Procrastination, Concentration, Focus & Learning, Successful Surgery, and many more.

Help is Available

Contact Lisa Grenon, LMSW, Family Programs Manager at 269-961-4051 or lisa.grenon@dla.mil for assistance or more resources.

Employees or anyone in their household requiring Employee Assistance Program (EAP) counseling can attend six free sessions.

EAP is currently providing all counseling sessions virtually at www.magellandascend.com

The 12 Days of Fitness is Under Way


Designed to help us get ready to combat those extra treats and goodies we love during the holiday season.

Find the 12 Days of Fitness Workout at: https://www.defensemwr.com/battlecreek/programs-services/fitness-center/battle-creek-fitness-center-workouts/12-days-of-fitness

Those participating or wishing to participate and/ or share pictures, contact Fitness Facility Manager, Martha Kerns at Martha.kerns@dla.mil   

Share your images on Facebook with #BattleCreekMWR12Days


MWR Lunch & Learn Series Presents, “Maintaining Health During Challenging Times” this Friday, December 11th


The current pandemic has impacted everyone, affecting mental, social and physical health.

As part of the MWR Lunch & Learn Series, this a one-time event is a partnership with MSU Extension-Social Emotional Health and Health Extension Research.

The Lunch and Learn Session will be offered December 11th, from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM.

The session will highlight ways to maintain your mental, social, emotional and physical health not just the current Covid crisis, but any challenging times.

Topics covered:

  • Strategies to maintain mental health
  • Explore grief & loss.
  • Finding ways to stay socially healthy.
  • Ways to maintain your physical health during challenging times.

For more info and questions, contact Family Programs Manager, Lisa Grenon, LMSW at: 269-961-4051 or lisa.grenon@dla.mil 

Web Conf URL: https://conference.apps.mil/webconf/MaintainHealth

Web Conf Dial In Number: 410-874-6300 or DSN: 312-874-6300

Web Conf PIN: 133389814

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No official DLA or Department of Defense endorsement is implied.

Wellness Wednesday-December 2nd, 2020

MWR Wellness Wednesdays: 12 Days of Fitness Kickoff and Tips for Coping with the Holidays

This week as part of Wellness Wednesday, along with “Coping with the Holiday Blues”, we are kicking off the 12 Days of Fitness. It is this week’s workout to help keep us all active and moving. 


MWR 12 Days of Fitness Provides Virtual Workout to Prepare for the Holiday Season


As part of MWR Wellness Wednesdays, MWR would like to share the 12 Days of Fitness as a way to get ready to combat those extra treats and goodies we love during the holiday season.

Find the 12 Days of Fitness Workout at: https://www.defensemwr.com/battlecreek/programs-services/fitness-center/battle-creek-fitness-center-workouts/12-days-of-fitness

Those participating or wishing to share pictures, contact Fitness Facility Manager, Martha Kerns at Martha.kerns@dla.mil    Share your images on Facebook with #BattleCreekMWR12Days



Most people look forward to the holidays as cheerful, optimistic times. Unfortunately, these hopes are not always matched by reality; the holidays can leave some people feeling blue.


  •  Persistent sadness and increased crying
  • Loss of interest in activities
  •  Frequent physical complaints
  • Anxiety
  • Unable to concentrate
  • Irritability
  • Change in eating or sleep patterns
  • Increased use of alcohol and drugs
  • Thoughts of suicide


It is important to realize that the holiday season can be stressful. There are steps you can take to decrease your chance of falling into the holiday blues:

Accept your feelings. Don’t criticize yourself for feeling blue. Instead, change your routine to change your mood: Go for a walk, listen to upbeat music, embrace positive thoughts or try to take it one day at a time. Consider spending time outside, as exposure to sunlight elevates mood.

Join the fun when you can. If you’re feeling blue, it’s difficult to join in parties or be with others. Participate at a level that feels comfortable to you but try not to isolate yourself entirely.

Volunteer to help people in need. You will feel good about helping others and can distract you from your own worries.

Take care of yourself. A well-balanced diet, moderate exercise and plenty of sleep will help you maintain your mood and energy.

Look for new ways to spend time alone. This might be a good time to spend time reading a book, journal your thoughts, try your hand at coloring, painting, or a new hobby. Write letters or emails to friends and family.

Reduce alcohol consumption. Because alcohol is a depressant, excessive drinking will make you feel more “blue.”

Don’t be afraid to reach out to friends and loved ones. If you still can’t shake the blues, consider seeking professional help.

You can contact Lisa Grenon, LMSW Family Program Manager for assistance & resources at 269-961-4051 or lisa.grenon@dla.mil

Counseling sessions (6 free) are available for you and your household members through Employee Assistance Program (EAP) by calling 1-866-580-9046 or https://magellanascend.com

If you’re thinking about suicide, or worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.


The All In Bee Club Support Group December Meeting to be Held December 2nd

The group will be meeting December 2nd at 11:00 AM. All In Bee Group is a free educational beekeeping program run by beekeepers to support each other and learn together.  This group is for DLA employees, Military, and all first responders.  Learn about the History of Bees, equipment, hive construction, hives, feed, feeding & purchasing bees, and suppliers. The group will be meeting virtually.

Join us at: https://conference.apps.mil/webconf/ALLINBEECLUB

DIAL IN: 410-874-6300 or DSN: 312-874-6300          PIN: 566337628

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For more information contact Lisa Grenon at 269-961-4051 or email lisa.grenon@dla.milor Adam Beam at 269-961-7476 or adam.beam@dla.milor David Potter at 986-8118 or david.potter@dla.mil   

Wellness Wednesday-November 25, 2020

MWR Wellness Wednesday

We are getting ready to encounter entirely new and different way to celebrating the holidays. 

Smaller gatherings and social distancing have become the new normal, but it is something new for Thanksgiving for most of us.

MWR wants to share ways to help make our focus continue to be one of gratitude.

Gratitude is a thankful appreciation and acknowledgement for the people, things, and circumstances of your life. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. Gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, alleviate stress & improve healing and build strong relationships.

Ways to cultivate gratitude

Gratitude is a way for people to appreciate what they have instead of always reaching for something new. Gratitude helps people refocus on what they have instead of what they lack. And, although at first it may feel forced, this mental state grows stronger with use and practice.

  • Write a thank-you note, email or text. You can make yourself happier and nurture your relationship with another person by writing a thank-you note expressing your enjoyment and appreciation of that person's impact on your life. Make a habit of sending at least one gratitude letter a month. Occasionally, write one to yourself.
  • Thank someone mentally. It may help just to think about someone who has done something nice for you, and mentally thank the individual.
  • Keep a gratitude journal. Make it a habit to write down thoughts about the gifts you've received each day.
  • Count your blessings. Pick a time every week to sit down and write about your blessings — reflecting on what went right or what you are grateful for. Sometimes it helps to pick a number — such as three to five things — that you will identify each week. As you write, be specific and think about the sensations you felt when something good happened to you.
  • Pray. People who are religious can use prayer to cultivate gratitude.
  • Meditate. Mindfulness meditation involves focusing on the present moment without judgment. Although people often focus on a word or phrase (such as "peace"), it is also possible to focus on what you're grateful for (the warmth of the sun, a pleasant sound, etc.).

Links for gratitude:

https://jackkornfield.com/meditation-gratitude-joy/  Meditation on Gratitude & Joy (Click Teachings & Meditation)

https://livepurposefullynow.com/gratitude-meditations/ Top 3 Gratitude Medications to Bring You Happiness

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bs0qUB3BHQ   Deepak Chopra’s Go-To 3-Minute Meditation To Stay Focused

Other ways to practice Gratitude

  • Create a gratitude jar this year. Writes it on a piece of paper and puts it in a jar. On New Year’s Eve, or when needed, empty the jar and review everything you have written.
  • Watch inspiring videos that will remind you of the good in the world.
  • Include an act of kindness in your life each day.
  • Avoid negative media and movies with destructive content.
  • Volunteer for organizations that help others.
  • Don’t gossip or speak badly about anyone.
  • When you think a negative thought, try to see the positive side in the situation.
  • Commit to one day a week when you won’t complain about anything.
  • Give recognition or reward for a job well done. 
  • Post quotes and images that remind you to be grateful around your house.
  • Send love to people you dislike.
  • Contact an elderly neighbor

MWR Announces Turkey Trot Workout to Burn of Thanksgiving Dinner Calories

As part of Wellness Wednesday, MWR would like to announce the MWR Turkey Trot Workout to help us get back into shape after the big dinner on Thanksgiving.


For additional information or share your images with MWR to share on social media, contact Fitness Facility Manager, Martha Kerns at Martha.kerns@dla.mil    If you would like to share your images directly, use #BattleCreekMWRTurkeyTrot