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May 28, 2010


Health, Wellness Fair helps attendees
lead well-rounded life

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.”
PHOTO: 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
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 lifestyle routine.

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 said.

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 Community Covenant.

“This year, we had 35 businesses provide excellent support for this event,” Weaver said. “Without them, we would not have had such a successful event.”

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 installation.

“We’ll take the information we learned and share it back at work,” he said.

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.

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