Civilian fitness program gets people moving, thinking about health

| January 21, 2011 | 0 Comments
A civilian who works for the 500th MI Bde. gets a blood pressure check during a fitness evaluation prior to participating in a 5K run/walk. The run/walk was the first event of the brigade’s new civilian fitness program.

A civilian who works for the 500th MI Bde. gets a blood pressure check during a fitness evaluation prior to participating in a 5K run/walk. The run/walk was the first event of the brigade’s new civilian fitness program.

Story and Photo by
Sgt. 1st Class Sheryl L. Lawry
500th Military Intelligence Brigade Public Affairs 

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — A new civilian fitness program has been launched by the 500th Military Intelligence Brigade.

A 5K run/walk was held, here, Jan. 7, to launch the program.

About 14 brigade civilians met with their military counterparts at the Schofield Barracks Fitness Center.

“I’ve been a big advocate of civilian physical training for a long time,” said Stephen McNally, Operations Office, 500th MI Bde., who participated in the run.

McNally, who was the first civilian to cross the finish line in just under 28 minutes, said he used the run as an additional tool to train for the eight-mile Great Aloha Run, Feb. 21. He said he tries to stay healthy and running the 5K was a way to do this, and “it was fun.”

Dianne Stewart, a civilian who works in the 500th Bde.’s operations office, organized the event. Stewart said she was surprised and pleased with the number of participants who showed up for the program’s first event.

“There was a great showing of support,” she said. “I hope, that as we hold future events, the numbers (of participants) keep climbing.”

The brigade plans to sponsor one group event per quarter; kayaking has been mentioned as a possible event for next quarter.

“(Col. Patricia Frost, commander, 500th MI Bde.) recognizes the impact that fitness has on overall performance and morale,” Stewart said. “She truly enjoys getting to know her people and building a strong rapport with them. These events allow us a venue to get to know each other more as people and less as part of a staff.”

Stewart hopes that her fellow co-workers will become more interested in their health and look to develop a health plan.

“I want everyone to know these events will be set up in a way that anyone can participate, regardless of their physical limitations,” she said. “We will strive to set up programs that allow individuals to set their own pace and distance. And we can always use assistance with setup and cheerleading.”

 

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