Fort McCoy News May 22, 2015

Wellness Fair presents healthy options at McCoy

BY SCOTT T. STURKOL
Public Affairs Staff

Several hundred visitors to the 2015 Fort McCoy Wellness Fair at Rumpel Fitness Center May 13 were greeted by the sight of dozens of information displays promoting healthy-living options and opportunities.

In addition to information displays, the fair included a 5K run and 2-mile walk, a blood drive by the American Red Cross, a basketball competition, and dozens of door prizes given to fair attendees. The fair's theme was "It's Your Life ... Make the Change."

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Runners and walkers begin the 5K run/2-mile walk in front of Rumpel Fitness Center held as part of the 2015 Wellness Fair May 13. Photo by Jobi Spolum

"There is a lot of work that goes on to make this event successful," said Recreation Programmer Julie Pressler from the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR). "We start work as early as January and February to line up our vendors and sponsors for the fair."

Nearly 40 agencies, vendors, and sponsors were represented, said Liz Weaver, community sponsorship coordinator for DFMWR. "We had a great variety of agencies showing the many health-and-wellness options available to the Fort McCoy community," Weaver said.

Among the topics represented were spiritual fitness, healthy-diet options, dental health, skin care, heart health, personal safety, drug and alcohol prevention, recreation opportunities, health-insurance options, and more.
Brandon King from the Fort McCoy Network Enterprise Center attended the event. He said he came away with some information he needed.

"There was a wealth of information with good vendors at this fair," King said. "At one display that focused on allergies, I found some useful information that I will use later on to help me with some allergies I have."

One of the most-popular displays included the DFMWR Outdoor Recreation display, which offered drawings for a two-night cabin stay at Pine View Campground and other promotions.

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Fort McCoy community members visit information displays set up in Rumpel Fitness Center. Photo by Scott T. Sturkol.

"It was a very good turnout," said Alex Karis, a DFMWR employee who manned the display area. "We had a lot of people stop by who were happy to learn we are getting some new campers at the campground, and, of course, the drawing was popular as well."

Door prizes included bicycles, grills, sports and camping equipment, personal care kits, and gift certificates. "Door prizes come from sponsorship dollars provided by corporate partners, and this year we had some great prizes to give away," Pressler said.

The Wellness Fair is one of DFMWR's biggest events of the year. Pressler said it proved to be successful once again.

"This has definitely been a team effort," Pressler said.

For more information about DFMWR events, call 608-388-3200 or go online to http://www.mccoymwr.com.