By Russell Sellers, Army Flier StaffJune 9, 2011
FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Men looking for ways to monitor or improve their health have a good place to start June 15 at The Landing, according to Directorate of Family, Morale, Wellness and Recreation officials.
The first-ever Men’s Sports, Fitness and Wellness Expo runs in conjunction with Men’s Health Week, which is June 13-17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is open to the public with free admission, said Janice Erdlitz, DFMWR marketing manager. Patrons attending the event will have many different opportunities to learn about their health and what things to watch for as they get older.
“It’s a great opportunity to encourage the community to come out and be aware of their health,” she said.
The event features a variety of booths where attendees can pick up brochures, learn about health and wellness from personal trainers, chiropractors and massage therapists, she added.
“Everything is going to happen at once,” she said. “There will be take-home items and promotional items available for free. The items will have some helpful information people can carry with them wherever they go.”
The expo follows the Women’s Health Fair from last month and Erdlitz said DFMWR is hoping to make it a regular event.
Leigh Ann Dukes, DFMWR commercial sponsorship sales manager, said the event is primarily for men, but it’s not just open to men.
“Sometimes husbands might not have time to make it out to these events, but their wives can come by and pick up information for them,” she said. “It’s also a chance for women to learn more about their men’s health.”
Kristi Fink, Fortenberry-Colton Physical Fitness Facility program coordinator, said getting information from the expo could be beneficial to men of varying ages.
“As we age, our bones and muscles can tend to wear down, so it’s important to know how to do certain exercises that can help prevent that,” she said. “The information available from our trainers will help those looking to do cardio or strength training get started.”
Fink added that those who attend the expo will also get a chance to learn about the various classes available to them at Fortenberry-Colton and the other fitness facilities on post.
For more information on the expo, call 598-5311.