Fort McCoy News May 23, 2014

Wellness Fair spotlights health, fitness opportunities

STORY & PHOTOS BY SCOTT T. STURKOL
Public Affairs Staff

People interested in learning about health and fitness visited displays set up by more than 50 organizations and businesses at the 2014 Wellness Fair in the Rumpel Fitness Center May 14.

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Runners and walkers take off at the start of the run/walk event as part of the 2014 Fort McCoy Wellness Fair held in and around the Rumpel Fitness Center.

The fair also included the Commander's 5K Run and 2-mile Walk, a Red Cross blood drive, mobile mammography services provided by Mayo Clinic Health System and other activities.

This 2014 theme of the Wellness Fair was, "Know Your Limitations and then Defy Them."

"We had a great turn-out of people for the run and walk alone, with 70 runners and 161 walkers," said Recreation Programming Specialist Julie Pressler from the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR). "We also counted more than 340 people who attended the fair in general.

"We hold this fair for our Soldiers and the people of Fort McCoy. If they enjoyed it, which appears they did, then it was a success," Pressler said.

Liz Weaver, community sponsorship coordinator for DFMWR, said she worked with many sponsors to help set up the event.

"We started well ahead of time to get the right people and presentations in here for the fair," Weaver said. "In addition to post organizations, we brought in more than 40 businesses that helped make this fair a success."

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Attendees gather information and talk with vendors during the Wellness Fair.

Fair attendees found an array of free information and samples at each display table. Items ranged from information on healthy living and physical and spiritual fitness to free samples of sport drink mixes.

Door prizes included bicycles, grills, sports and camping equipment and personal care kits.

"Thanks to our many sponsors we were able to have some fabulous door prizes," Weaver said.

The fair also was an opportunity to get a message out about self care, said Gail Zuege, Fort McCoy Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) drug testing technician with the Directorate of Human Resources.

Zuege had a display educating people about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse.

"I've been participating in events like this for more than 25 years," Zuege said. "Besides this being a fun opportunity to see everyone who visits, it's also a great opportunity to reach out to the community and get our message out.

"Overall it really was an excellent event."