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May 25, 2012


School Age Services mini-Olympics at Fort McCoy supports Strong B.A.N.D.S. program

Youth in the Fort McCoy School Age Services program participated in a mini-Olympics day May 16 as part of the Installation Management Command (IMCOM) Strong B.A.N.D.S. program. B.A.N.D.S. stands for Balance, Activity, Nutrition, Determination and Strength.
PHOTO: Youth move through the obstacle course at the School Age Services mini-Olympics event. Photo by Rob Schuette
Youth move through the obstacle course at the School Age Services mini-Olympics event. The event was part of Fort McCoy’s participation in the Strong B.A.N.D.S. program. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

Strong B.A.N.D.S. is being held in May in recognition of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. The goal of the Strong B.A.N.D.S. campaign is to promote the numerous programs and activities taking place at garrisons throughout IMCOM, which highlight the opportunities for Soldiers and Families to stay physically and mentally fit. IMCOM Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Programs created this promotion to energize and inspire communities Armywide about healthy lifestyles that support resiliency.

Cori Yahnke, Fort McCoy Child, Youth and School (CYS) Services Youth Center and Boys & Girls Club director, said the mini-Olympics theme was chosen as the youth are following the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympic games, which will be held in London.

Among the events were relay races, a softball throw, push-ups and an obstacle course.

“We chose the activity as something that would foster competition, teamwork and becoming physically and mentally fit,” Yahnke said. “The program promotes resilience and also helps highlight our programs and other DFMWR (Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation) programs.”

The mini-Olympics also supports the CYS Services “Get Fit-Be Strong” campaign, Yahnke said.

“As part of the Get Fit-Be Strong campaign, The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition and the Army CYS Services have joined forces to help military children and youth live healthier, more-active lives while raising the awareness of the benefits of physical activity and healthy habits,” Yahnke said.

For more information about the program, including registration, visit the website www.presidentschallenge.org/.

Jobi Spolum, Fort McCoy Marketing director, said members of the Fort McCoy community also could participate in the Wellness Fair May 9 and the Choosing Healthy Event May 17 as part of the Strong B.A.N.D.S. program.

The Choosing Healthy Event, held at the Fort McCoy Library, included books and website resources for healthy eating, sample recipes and menus, U.S. Department of Agriculture information and nutrition education tips.

More information, including fitness tips and prizes every day in May, is available at the website armymwr.com/strongbands.

For more information about Fort McCoy DFMWR programs, including CYS Services, visit the website at www.mccoymwr.com or for event information, call 877-864-4969 or 608-388-7400.

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