By Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Crista YazzieAugust 10, 2009
FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii - Dozens of Department of Army Civilians and Soldiers gathered at historic Palm Circle for a 2.5 mile walk, Aug. 7, to kick off the third U.S. Army, Pacific Civilian Health and Wellness Fair.
The Health and Wellness Fair is part of the Civilian Fitness Program, a Dept. of the Army-approved venture in which DA Civilians are encouraged to engage in a regular program of exercise and other healthy habits.
"We have a large civilian community, and we want to help them with their health and fitness," said lead coordinator Master Sgt. Aubrey Gaines, medical operations non-commissioned officer, USARPAC Surgeon's office. "It's important that we take care of our Civilians, just like we do with our Soldiers. We are all one team."
Brig. Gen. John Seward, deputy commanding general, USARPAC, led the walk, consisting of three laps around Palm Circle and ending at the Fort Shafter Physical Fitness Center.
"I'm glad that you were all able to come out here today and I wish you a great walk," said Seward before the start of the day. He added that the fair was a great way to keep in shape and learn a little more about keeping healthy and fit.
After the exercise portion was complete, Health and Wellness Fair participants were able to view a variety of interactive static displays and booths inside the fitness center. These booths were manned by experts from Tripler Army Medical Center, the fitness center and Oahu South Morale Welfare and Recreation Office.
Soldiers and Civilians were provided with information on blood pressure, body mass index, nutrition, mental health, breast exams, testicular exams, stress control and more.
According to Gaines, the fitness center also had trainers on site to demonstrate proper weight-lifting techniques and podiatrists to help runners select the right running shoe for their foot.
"I had a good time and am glad we did this today," said Allan Vosburgh, USARPAC chief of munitions branch.
For more information on the next USARPAC Civilian Health and Wellness Fair, contact Master Sgt. Aubrey Gaines at 438-5892