Commentary

May 16, 2014

ACF path to total well being

Maj. COREY CHRISTOPHERSON
56th Medical Operations Squadron

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and this year’s theme is “Mind Your Health.”

Mental Health America designated May as Mental Health Month 65 years ago to raise awareness about mental illnesses and the importance of mental wellness for all.

Their goal this year is to communicate across America that mental wellness is central to one’s overall health and well-being. This year MHA has two objectives – to raise awareness about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and the preventive factors and benefits for mind and body, and to build broad public recognition around the role of mental health to overall health.

Wellness is defined as “An active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a more successful existence,” according to the National Wellness Institute.

The pathway to wellness can be improving or maintaining good physical health, budgeting and saving money, creating healthy relationships, engaging in rewarding activities, getting proper rest and relaxation, being more mindful of how much you have to be grateful for, making or keeping good, positive friendships, participating in and taking care of your community, and finding and living via your authentic self, that is living with a purpose, having values and meaning.

All of these wellness themes can be found and even simplified by following the Air Force’s Airmen Comprehensive Fitness Program, which consists of taking care of your mental, social, spiritual and physical well-being.

Everyone should take this month as an opportunity to develop their own comprehensive fitness program. It’s easy. Start by making a list of realistic and desired short-term, mid-term and long-term goals for each of the four categories. Luke Air Force Base has subject-matter experts in each of these categories, who can help Airmen identify, implement and achieve each of these goals. If we achieve these goals, we can make a better Air Force and attain a better quality of life for you and all those you touch and inspire with your improved overall fitness and well-being.

Resources to help you achieve your comprehensive fitness goals at Luke include your fellow wingmen, unit fitness manager, unit resiliency trainers and the Air Force portal for more information on the Airman Comprehensive Fitness Program.
Additional resources:

  • Mental health clinic at 623-856-7579
  • Base chaplains at 623-856-6211
  • Airmen and Family Readiness Center at 623-856-6550
  • Health and wellness center at 623-856-5902



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