|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.
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
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
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
“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)
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
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.
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
More information, including fitness tips and prizes every day in May, is
available at the website
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