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Civilian Health Promotion Services resumes some in-person services on Hanscom

Britini Bredeweg, installation Civilian Health Promotion Services coordinator, walks into the CHPS facility at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., Feb. 26. Recently, CHPS has resumed some in-person services at the Hanscom-facility by appointment only. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Maki)

Britini Bredeweg, installation Civilian Health Promotion Services coordinator, walks into the CHPS facility at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., Feb. 26. Recently, CHPS has resumed some in-person services at the Hanscom-facility by appointment only. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Maki)

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The Civilian Health Promotion Services, CHPS, has resumed some in-person services at their office on Hanscom.

“Since COVID started a lot of our in-person services were on pause,” said Britni Bredeweg, CHPS health promotion coordinator. “But now we’re able to provide some direct services again.”

CHPS is a contracted program providing free resources to help Air Force civilian employees and service members maintain and improve their health and well-being.

“Typically, we are a mobile worksite wellness program,” said Bredeweg. “We come to your work location to provide services, whether that’s blood pressure, body fat, and cholesterol testing, or our health education classes. We’re not mobile again yet, but at least people can now come to our building to get some of these things done.”

The services that are now available in-person include one-on-one health and wellness consultations, body fat percentage assessments, and blood pressure screenings. Services are provided only by appointment; no walk-ins at this time.

Cholesterol testing is also unavailable at this time, as CHPS awaits an authorizing certificate from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, though Bredeweg is hopeful that will come soon.

CHPS personnel also provide support with health and wellness goals such as weight management, physical activity, nutrition, and stress management. They develop wellness programs to fit an individual’s needs and conditions.

All participants are required to wear a mask throughout their entire appointment and will get their temperature checked before entering the screening room. CHPS staff will also be wearing face masks and gloves throughout the entire appointment.

“We respectfully ask for your patience while working through these COVID-19 safety guidelines and procedures for all screenings,” said Bredeweg. “We are ensuring the safety of the CHPS staff and all participants by disinfecting and cleaning all areas before and after all appointments.”

All federal civilians are required to create a profile and fill out a Health Risk Assessment wellness profile on the CHPS website  at https://www.usafwellness.com to be eligible for body fat percentage assessments and blood pressure screenings.

In-person services are available Monday through Friday from 7: 30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the CHPS office located in Building 1540, 188 Marrett Street. To schedule an appointment, call 781-225-6311.