The “guns” we are coming for are also known as biceps. Veterans of Foreign of Wars (VFW) Post 2195, Allen TX and City of Allen Parks and Recreation would like to help improve your quality of life. We have joined forces and launched Operation Counterbalance. The objective of the program is to assist you in maintaining a healthy lifestyle through exercise and nutrition.

A little over a year ago Operation Counterbalance was launched by the Post and offered to its members. One of the most notable success stories of the program is that of Tom Nation. When he signed on to Operation Counterbalance he weighed 210 pounds and today he weighs in at a healthy 150 pounds. Not all participants wanted to lose weight but wanted to improve their stamina via exercise and nutrition. The program is built around the volunteer services of Julie Rosa, a certified nutritionist, and Libby Hartter, a certified personal trainer.  They provided nutritional information and exercise routines tailored to each individual’s lifestyle and physical capabilities.

Allen Parks and Recreation showed their support by offering the first four months membership at  the Joe Farmer Recreation facility for free to help members achieve their objectives. Libby and staff at Joe Farmer Recreation center conducted an orientation on the proper use of facilities exercise equipment while Julie conducted one-on-one interviews and made recommendations on nutrition.

Allen veterans come join your fellow brothers and sisters. Don’t worry…there are no pre-dawn runs with a DI/TI whispering sweet nothings in your ear…or were they shouts?  You advance at your own pace. If your personal situation does not permit you to come on board at this time don’t worry we will be here for you when you are ready. Our next orientation will be conducted on August 10 at 1800 hrs (just in case you forget that is when the short hand is on 6 and the long hand on 12) at the Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church, 1015 Sam Rayburn Tollway Allen and on the second Wednesday of the month thereafter. For additional information and how to signup please send an email to with the subject Operation Counterbalance.

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