By Sgt. 1st Class Andrew Kosterman, B. Co., 1st Battalion, 145th Aviation RegimentMay 24, 2013
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (May 23, 2013) -- The Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Facility hosted 49 vendors and about 350 attendees for the 2013 Health Expo May 16.
This year's free expo was a combination of previous men's and women's health expos. The event was organized by the Fort Rucker PFF and Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation.
"After speaking with the Fort Rucker garrison command, it was decided that both events should be combined," said Fort Rucker DFMWR representative Leigh Ann Dukes. "They were very helpful in determining the best times for this event and how to set it up."
Vendors at the expo included representation from local area health treatment facilities, health specialists and businesses. Fitness demonstrations by certified instructors were also part of the event.
Among the booths set up was one for United Services Automobile Association. Chris Glennon, a retired force master chief with the U.S. Navy, was in charge of the booth and said events like the health expo are a great way for those at the home of Army Aviation to talk with medical professionals, and learn about services and products that are available.
"I wish we had the opportunity to do more of these," Glennon said of the expo.
Barbara Leger, a licensed massage therapist with Body Mechanics, said the event is great for Fort Rucker Families to come to a "one-stop shop for wellness."
"People are surprised that a massage is available at the gym," said Leger. "They live here on Fort Rucker, but didn't even know."
Leger added that the event is good for vendors because it helps promote business with customers.
One of the potential customers is Staff Sgt. Sylvester Simmons of Fort Rucker's NCO Academy. His boss told him to stop by the expo during a lull in the work day.
"I came just to see what they had to offer," said Simmons. "I've learned a lot (about different health products available)."
Another visitor, Spc. Valerie Munoz, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 164th Theater Airfield Operations Group, agreed and said that she came looking for information regarding healthy living and found it.
"This was beneficial to me," said Munoz. "It's beneficial to Families and Soldiers."
Vendors included: Advocare, Body Mechanics, Center Drug and Home Health, Coastal Smoothies, community Hospice, Dothan Hearing Associates, Enterprise Pediatric Clinic, Flowers Hospital, Gentiva Hospice, Gulf Coast Dermatology, Hollowell Chiropractic, Home Instead Senior Care, Houston County Chiropractic, Ladies First, Lyster Army Health Clinic, Medical Center Enterprise, Noland Hospital, Southeast Alabama Rural Health Associates, Southeast Vein and Laser Center, Southeast Alabama Medical Medical Center, Subway, The Terrace at Grove Park, USAA and Women's Healthcare of Dothan.