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Shannan Bergtholdt, the health promotion program manager at the Health and Wellness Center, helps a client. Bergtholdt uses a portion plate to educate the client on a proper diet. Consuming a diet comprising primarily fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy while limiting added sugars and fats is also a great way of keeping healthy and managing weight.

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE -- Maintaining good health and fitness can be daunting while on a profile, but the Health and Wellness Center at Holloman Air Force Base has the staff and resources to overcome the challenge.

HAWC will answer questions and build confidence in airmen who feel they cannot do much of anything because they are limited by a profile, but there are things they can do to be active, said Shannan Bergtholdt, health promotion program manager.

Aqua jogging is a great workout for airmen who have injuries to their lower extremities, said Kevin Fallon, fitness program manager. A foam belt fits around the person's waist that suspends them in the water, which provides resistance to the legs as they move through the pool. The treadmill, elliptical and a high-intensity walk can be good alternatives for a person on a profile that restricts high impact activities.

The resources at HAWC can help airmen understand the different workouts available, along with information for a proper diet.

Many of the classes offered at the fitness center, like spin class, body pump and body combat, are modifiable based on profile restrictions and still allow airmen to get a great workout, Bergtholdt said.

"I offer one-on-one sessions for airmen who cannot make the classes and need extra help during their profile, which has produced more than a 90 percent pass rate for those airmen," said Fallon.

Often, airmen are placed on a profile, then gain weight because their activity level goes down dramatically, Bergtholdt said. To help combat this, HAWC can offer a tailored program that includes structured workouts and a nutritional guide.

Consuming a diet comprising primarily fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy while limiting added sugars and fats is also a great way of keeping healthy and managing weight, Bergtholdt said.

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