|Information, displays, tests, competitions and
demonstrations designed to help participants lead a well-rounded,
healthy life were available to members of the Fort McCoy community at
Fort McCoy’s annual Health and Wellness Fair May 12.
The Health and Wellness Fair supports the Army Family Covenant as a
quality-of-life program that provides Soldiers, Families and the Fort
McCoy community with information about healthcare, fitness, nutrition,
education and many other topics, said Jobi Spolum, Fort McCoy Marketing
director. The events helped highlight this year’s theme of “Living Each
Day in a Healthier Way.”
Fort McCoy Health and Wellness
Fair participants could visit a number of booths, including this
one run by Tomah Memorial Hospital personnel.
Photo by Pam Johnson
The events began with an American Red Cross Blood Drive. Then a 5K
run and 2-mile walk helped participants develop or continue a healthy
Free-throw, hot-shots and three-point basketball shooting
competitions determined winners in each event.
Everyone attending the event was a winner, whether they got information
and services from installation organizations or area businesses or by
winning one of the random prize-drawings throughout the event, Spolum
Fifty booths offered information about health, wellness and medical,
business and leisure products/services available in the area.
Liz Weaver, Fort McCoy Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation
Commercial Sponsorship Coordinator, said the event is a partnership
between Fort McCoy and the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation
sponsors in the local community. The partnership supports the Army
“This year, we had 35 businesses provide excellent support for this
event,” Weaver said. “Without them, we would not have had such a
Sgt. 1st Class Pearce Gilbert of the Army Reserve Readiness Training
Center (ARRTC) Provisional (P) said he enjoyed visiting the booths to
learn about healthy eating choices.
Gilbert also had been thinking of attending online educational classes
and said a representative from Kaplan University was very forthright in
answering his questions.
Vern Sanderson of ARRTC (P) said the event was a good deal for the
“We’ll take the information we learned and share it back at work,” he
Tami Henkel of Civilian Pay said she and a group of coworkers took
advantage of the free screenings, including cholesterol and blood sugar.
A number of informational pamphlets, including those on stress, also
provided valuable information.
Staff Sgt. Tina Palmer of the NCO Academy at Fort McCoy said a co-worker
invited her to come to the event.
“As a Soldier, I was very interested in the booths that highlighted
health and wellness,” Palmer said.
Among the commercial sponsors of the event were: Gundersen Lutheran,
Great Wolf Lodge, BlueCross BlueShield, Deer Creek Dental Clinic,
Franciscan Skemp Mayo Health System, Prosthetic Laboratories, Tomah
Memorial Hospital, Family Vision Center, Sparta Dental Clinic, Awakened
Mind Vitality Clinic, Enterprise, Identity Works, Phillips Health Mart
Pharmacy, Allied Health Chiropractic Centers, Dr. Thomas J. Brown,
General Dentistry, LLC, The Massage & Bodywork Center and Family and
Morale, Welfare and Recreation.
No federal endorsement is implied.