LEAVENWORTH, KS -- On Jan. 7, the Army officially opened a new $1 million satellite facility of the Army's Physical Fitness Research Institute (APFRI) at Fort Leavenworth, KS, on the Command and General Staff College (CGSC) annex.

The APFRI facility includes seven stations for fitness assessments. In addition, participants complete an online questionnaire and receive guidance from eight staff fitness professionals.

The APFRI program began in 1982 at Carlisle Barracks, PA, to address cardiovascular disease in middle-aged officers. The program has since expanded to include wellness issues, such as nutrition, smoking cessation, stress management and a variety of fitness components. APFRI also continues to research health issues related to the over-40 population.

Weekly classes for CGSC students also will be offered at the new facility on topics such as hypertension, weight management, aerobic and strength conditioning, restorative sleep and more.