Dating Game: Helping Singles Create Healthy Relationships

Wednesday , July 21, 2010 - 3:18 PM

Catherine McNally - Hilltop Times staff

Out of all active duty, Reserves and Air National Guard Airmen and civilian employees, 41 percent of the Air Force's total force are single.

For those who are actively playing the dating game, the Airman and Family Readiness Center and the Military Family Life Consultant program are hosting a class called "The Dating Game: Helping Singles Create Healthy Relationships."

The class, which takes place on July 8 at the center from noon to 1 p.m., is open to anyone with access to the base and is geared mostly toward singles.

"We've had several classes in the past for couples, so we decided to focus on singles this time," Ann Maglio, a community readiness technician with the 75th Force Support Squadron, said.

Participants will be taught what tools they can use to not only create healthy relationships but to also maintain them, along with participating in discussions about different communication styles and skills. Another feature will be tips on how to develop and maintain a positive attitude despite the ups and downs any relationship might experience.

Maglio pointed out that a positive attitude -- along with high self esteem -- is key to initiating and maintaining healthy relationships.

The healthy relationships class is just one of many topics that can be covered by the MFLC classes.

"A lot of people know that the MFLCs are here for counseling," Maglio explained. But they may not know that they are also available to teach skills for almost any kind of lifestyle.

From dealing with deployments to stress management, time management and communication, the MFLC classes cover it all. "Any kind of life skill you can think of, there's a class for it," Maglio said.

Along with being a great opportunity to learn about relationships and dating, the healthy relationships class may also offer another perk.

Since the class is geared toward singles, there will be a chance for participants to meet others looking for a relationship, Maglio said. Who knows, maybe there's a chance to get some healthy chemistry going over at the AFRC.

For more information or to sign up for this class and other services at the Airman and Family Readiness Center, please call (801) 777-4681.

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