NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WVEC) -- If you want to fight, you've got to be fit. It's as simple as that. But sometimes that's easier said than done.

Today at Fort Eustis, an important step towards creating a leaner, meaner fighting machine.

"The Army Wellness Center is not only a resource for our soldiers and our patients," said Lieutenant Colonel Vincent Meyers, Director of the McDonald Army Health Center. "It's a game changer for Fort Eustis."

And, while the former Bachelor's Officer' Quarters may not be much to look at from the outside, it's what's inside that counts.

The new center will provide a wide range of services to help soldiers meet their health, wellness and fitness goals, with services that include metabolic testing, health assessment review, healthy nutrition education, exercise testing, stress management, weight management, biometric screening and general wellness.

"Well I think this place will actually help the soldiers get better in their physical fitness and I think it's a great place," said Private First Class Cynthia Sandoval. "It was a great idea to open it."

A sentiment shared by Fort Eustis' commanding general. Major General Malcolm Frost says there is a direct connection between fitness and readiness.

"We need every soldier in the United States Army ready because readiness for combat to fight and win the nation's wars is what we're about," said Frost. "And fitness and wellness is the cornerstone for soldiers being ready to do their job. So we have to be ready if the nation calls. Fitness and wellness is tremendous in preventing injuries, understanding stress, sleep, nutrition and fitness. So, it's paramount to what we do."

This is the Army's 32nd wellness center across the country. And, it will be open, not only to soldiers, but to their family members and area retirees and Department of Defense civilians as well.