By Airman 1st Class Tristan Truesdell, 341st Missile Wing Public Affairs
/ Published February 21, 2018
MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont. --
Malmstrom’s Community Action Team, compromised of numerous installation helping agencies, developed an incentivized class program designed to increase attendance of already existing classes made to educate Airmen and their families.
These classes are taught by personnel from the base chapel, Airman Family and Readiness Center, Mental Health Clinic and Family Advocacy, Health Promotions and the Recovery Care Coordinator.
Classes consist of physical, mental, spiritual and social resilience of Airmen and their spouses.
Attendance is not mandatory, but an incentive is now offered if an individual takes these classes.
By attending eight classes, Airmen will receive a one-day pass from work from the wing commander.
Spouses of Airmen may also attend these classes and receive credit towards their military member’s potential day off.
These classes are available to any individual with Department of Defense benefits or base access.
Hosted by the base recovery care coordinator, the Awareness Class informs individuals about the Air Force Wounded Warrior program, their goals, enrollment eligibility and more. The AFW2 program aims to provide well-coordinated and personalized support for wounded warriors, their families and caregivers, provide a simplified transition back to duty or civilian life and ensuring that wounded warriors are well-equipped to manage challenges due to injury or illness.
This class includes recovery care coordinator roles, what a recovery team is, programs offered to wounded warriors and how to contact AFW2 program. For sign ups or further information, contact the base Recovery Care Coordinator at 731-4284.
Living LEAN Class
The Living Lifestyle Exercise Attitude Nutrition (LEAN) class, hosted by the base dietician, health promotion coordinator and behavioral health specialist, is designed to help individuals who seek to lose and maintain their weight and enjoy an overall healthy lifestyle. The program includes two two-hour modules focusing on nutrition, physical activity and behavioral issues. For sign ups or further information, contact Health Promotions at 731-4292.
Tobacco Cessation Program
Tobacco Cessation Program is a three-part class to assist individuals in quitting tobacco use. Multiple providers combined with pharmacological quit aids, such as nicotine patches or nicotine replacement therapy, can be used to help plan a path to a tobacco-free lifestyle. For sign ups or further information, contact Health Promotions at 731-4292.
Open to all DOD beneficiaries, the 341st Medical Group’s physical therapists lead a core class at the fitness center on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The class focuses on core exercises that build a solid foundation to prevent injury, improve posture and increase overall fitness. Members may see a difference when it comes to physical training tests. Core workouts build a strong core to improve an individual’s sit-up and pushup numbers as well as lower run times. For sign ups or further information, contact the fitness center at 731-3621.
The Running Clinic, led by the 341st MDG physical therapists, takes place monthly on the first Wednesday at the fitness center and is currently open to active-duty service members. This class consists of three aspects: education, performance and a gait analysis. Education covers running myths, training basics, proper technique and functional assessments for strength and flexibility imbalances. The performance aspect covers a dynamic warm-up which includes drills to set the member up for proper running technique, tethered and untethered running and a proper cool down with stretches. The gait analysis is where an individual is recorded during a run to assess their gait, or manner of walking or running, to find out what running shoe is most suitable. For sign ups or further information, contact the fitness center at 731-3621.
Relationship Enrichment Seminars
Limited to 25 persons per class, the base chapel hosts a monthly, lunch-provided relationship enrichment seminar with two rotating themes: family and marital relationship enhancement and workplace relationship enhancement. This seminar includes guidance and ‘how-to’ tools to assist in preventative maintenance for relationships – home and work.
A family relationship enhancement seminar is held quarterly and invites families to an evening of entertainment, food and learning to enhance marriage and family dynamics. Individuals may now count their attendance in their seminars toward the incentivized classes. For sign ups or further information, contact the base chapel at 731-3721.
This Anger Management workshop recognizes that anger is a normal emotion for everyone to experience. The class explores the root of anger and provides effective tools to help reduce problematic behaviors. For sign ups or further information, contact Family Advocacy at 731-2161.
Love and Logic Parenting
This four-hour class, divided into two sessions, offers easy-to-use techniques to raise responsible children, change problematic behaviors and prevent power struggles. In order to receive an incentive point, both sessions must be attended. For sign ups or further information, contact Family Advocacy at 731-2161.
This class focuses on ways to improve communication with a significant other, how to handle conflict in a healthy way and how to make love last. For sign ups or further information, contact Family Advocacy at 731-2161.
Active Parenting of Teens
For parents who have difficulty relating to or communicating with their teenage children, the Active Parenting of Teens class teaches affective ways to build stronger relationships during the 6-week educational group. For sign ups or further information, contact Family Advocacy at 731-2161.
Offered every Friday, the Relaxation class helps those that have difficulty managing stress or experience muscle tension due to stress. This class teaches how to combat daily stressors and how to wind down for better sleep and relaxation skills. For sign ups or further information, contact the Mental Health Clinic at 731-4451.
Designed to help those who have insomnia, difficulty falling asleep or to inform individuals how to have a more restful sleep, the Sleep Hygiene class takes place every Monday and is taught by the Mental Health Clinic. For sign ups or further information, contact the Mental Health Clinic at 731-4451.
If an individual has trouble managing daily tasks, experiences negative thoughts, are indecisive, or wants to learn how to be more patient, the Mental Health Clinic designed the Mindfulness class to help individuals become more flexible, considerate, accepting and able to balance emotion and logic. For sign ups or further information, contact the Mental Health Clinic at 731-4451.