Fort McCoy News May 27, 2016

Wellness Fair promotes healthy lifestyle options

BY SCOTT T. STURKOL
Public Affairs Staff

The 2016 Wellness Fair held at Rumpel Fitness Center May 18 presented hundreds of Fort McCoy community members with a wide variety of activities and options promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Attendees participated in a 5k run/2-mile walk and could visit dozens of information displays featuring products and services from local businesses and post agencies. The American Red Cross also held a blood drive; health screenings were offered; and many door prizes were given to fair attendees. The fair, organized by the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR), brought in 49 exhibitors from numerous health care agencies as well as businesses.

Participants in the Wellness Fair 5k/2-mile run/walk take off at the start of the event May 18 in front of Rumpel Fitness Center at Fort McCoy.
Participants in the Wellness Fair 5k/2-mile run/walk take off at the
start of the event May 18 in front of Rumpel Fitness Center at Fort
McCoy.
Photo by Jobi Spolum


Fort McCoy community members visit with vendors and exhibitors at the fair inside the fitness center gymnasium.
Fort McCoy community members visit with vendors and exhibitors at
the fair inside the fitness center gymnasium.
Photo by Scott T. Sturkol

Agencies, vendors, and sponsors promoted spiritual fitness, healthy-diet options, dental health, skin care, heart health, massage therapy, personal safety, drug-and-alcohol-abuse prevention, recreation opportunities, health-insurance options, financial readiness, and more.

Recreation Programmer Julie Pressler said behind-the-scenes work by DFMWR staff helps make the event a success. Planning starts months in advance, she said, and every year the DFMWR team works together to make the event successful in highlighting options available for good health and wellness to the community.

Michelle Bourman with the Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) office at the Directorate of Human Resources helped manage an ASAP display at the fair. She said they offered fair-goers information and advice on drug-and-alcohol-abuse prevention as well as dealing with depression, anxiety, and stress.

"We had many visitors stop by to learn about the services we offer and just to learn more about ways to make better life decisions," Bourman said.

The Employee Assistance Program was a popular topic. "It's a program available for Department of Army civilians and Families that can assist people in getting help if they need it," Bourman said. "It's a great program and we're glad that people want to know more about it."

Some fair visitors also traveled from Volk Field, Wis. Master Sgt. Rebecca Bauman, chief of Safety at Volk Field, said she and several fellow Airmen visited the fair to get information from DFMWR personnel about how to set up a similar event at Volk Field.

"We haven't had an (event) like this at our place for a while, so we wanted to get some information and bring it back with us," Bauman said.

"We have three major units at our location, and we also have Camp Williams nearby, and we support all of them with an event like this.

"We made connections with people who can help support our Airmen with items like nutrition, counseling, and more," Bauman said.

Door prizes included a bicycle, grill, kayak, camping equipment, personal-care kits, and gift certificates. Door prizes are provided by sponsorship dollars from corporate partners, Pressler said.

For more information about DFMWR events, call 608-388-3200 or go online to mccoy.armymwr.com.