20th MDG Health Promotion opens new facility

Team Shaw members gather for a 20th Medical Group Health Promotion ribbon-cutting ceremony at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., June 1, 2018.

Team Shaw members gather for a 20th Medical Group Health Promotion ribbon-cutting ceremony at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., June 1, 2018. The new facility, located adjacent to the newly-renovated 20th Force Support Squadron main fitness center, offers Team Shaw members amenities such as a relaxation room, blood pressure kiosk and instructional kitchen space. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kathryn R.C. Reaves)

Penny Hardin, 20th Medical Group Health Promotion program coordinator, center, speaks with Team Shaw members during a Health Promotion open house at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., June 1, 2018.

Penny Hardin, 20th Medical Group Health Promotion program coordinator, center, speaks with Team Shaw members during a Health Promotion open house at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., June 1, 2018. During the event, attendees were offered informational packets as well as given the opportunity to tour the new Health Promotion facility to learn about classes and services. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kathryn R.C. Reaves)

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- Airmen assigned to the 20th Medical Group Health Promotion office hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., June 1.

The new facility, which is located adjacent to the recently renovated 20th Force Support Squadron main fitness center, includes a kitchen, relaxation room and classrooms.

The area is more spacious and functional, said Penny Hardin, 20th MDG Health Promotion program coordinator. This enables Health Promotion to offer larger classes and helps individuals feel more comfortable during appointments, such as during body composition assessments.

With the new facility, Health Promotion staff are better able to help Team Shaw members stay healthy. For example, a relaxation room and blood pressure kiosk aids Airmen in recognizing and reducing stress while the confidential setting empowers Airmen to ask questions about diet and exercise.

With its centralized location, the office is also more visible to the base population and draws more interest, said Janine Reinholtz, 20th MDG Health Promotion registered dietitian.

Health Promotion offers free evidence-based services to service members, retirees and their families as well as Team Shaw civilians.

For more information about Health Promotion, call 803-895-1216.