Health fair takes place at historic Palm Circle

| June 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii—1st Lt. Cathleen Rush, Headquarters Support Company executive officer, talks with Capt. Myra White, Public Health nurse, Tripler Army Medical Center, about healthy lifestyle choices for Soldiers during the U.S. Army Pacific’s Sisters-in-Arms health and wellness fair at historic Palm Circle, Fort Shafter June 11. Representatives from USARPAC Unit Ministry Team, Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention, Tripler Army Medical Center Performance Triad, and Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness center setup interactive displays for attendees to browse and ask questions. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle J. Richardson, USARPAC PAO)

FORT SHAFTER — 1st Lt. Cathleen Rush, Headquarters Support Company executive officer, talks with Capt. Myra White, Public Health nurse, Tripler Army Medical Center, about healthy lifestyle choices for Soldiers during the U.S. Army Pacific’s Sisters-in-Arms health and wellness fair at historic Palm Circle, here, June 11. Representatives from the USARPAC Unit Ministry Team, Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention, the Tripler Army Medical Center’s Performance Triad, and the Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness center setup interactive displays for attendees to browse and ask questions. (Staff Sgt. Kyle J. Richardson, U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs)

Staff Sgt. Kyle J. Richardson
U.S. Army Pacific Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — U.S. Army Pacific’s Sisters-in-Arms hosted a health and wellness fair at historic Palm Circle, here, June 11.

The health and wellness fair was part of Pacific Theater Army Week. PTAW is a series of activities celebrating the Army’s 240th birthday.

The fair provided an opportunity for Soldiers and select agencies to interact with one another, as well as bring awareness to the Army Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program.

FORT SHAFTER — Soldiers and civilians participate in a yoga demonstration during the U.S. Army-Pacific’s Sisters-in-Arms health and wellness fair at historic Palm Circle, here, June 11. Kristy Osborn, a personal trainer at Schofield Fitness and Health Center, energized the crowd with various interval-training exercises and relaxing yoga. (Staff Sgt. Kyle J. Richardson, U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs)

FORT SHAFTER — Soldiers and civilians participate in a yoga demonstration during the U.S. Army-Pacific’s Sisters-in-Arms health and wellness fair at historic Palm Circle, here, June 11. Kristy Osborn, a personal trainer at Schofield Fitness and Health Center, energized the crowd with various interval-training exercises and relaxing yoga. (Staff Sgt. Kyle J. Richardson, U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs)

Representatives from USARPAC Unit Ministry Team, Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention, Tripler Army Medical Center’s Performance Triad, and the Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness center set up interactive displays for attendees to browse and ask questions.

When the average person thinks about Soldiers, he or she may just see the outer appearance of a Soldier and judge Soldiers on their level physical fitness alone.

“There’s more to being a Soldier than just being physically fit,” said Capt. Myra White, an Army Public Health nurse for Tripler. “We want our Soldiers to be physically fit, but equally important, we want our Soldiers to get an adequate amount of sleep and have a nutritional diet.”

White suggested that Soldiers or civilians incorporate some kind of relaxation technique before going to bed, doing at least 30 minutes of cardio three times a week and maintaining a food journal to get started with healthy habits.

During the fair, a personal trainer was on ground to help to motivate and get the crowd moving.

FORT SHAFTER — Soldiers from Headquarters Support Company, U.S. Army-Pacific, talk with Public Health nurses from Tripler Army Medical Center about proper sleeping habits during the USARPAC Sisters-in-Arms health and wellness fair at historic Palm Circle, here, June 11. The health and wellness fair was a part of a series of activities celebrating the Army’s 240th birthday. (Staff Sgt. Kyle J. Richardson, U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs)

FORT SHAFTER — Soldiers from Headquarters Support Company, U.S. Army-Pacific, talk with Public Health nurses from Tripler Army Medical Center about proper sleeping habits during the USARPAC Sisters-in-Arms health and wellness fair at historic Palm Circle, here, June 11. The health and wellness fair was a part of a series of activities celebrating the Army’s 240th birthday. (Staff Sgt. Kyle J. Richardson, U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs)

USARPAC’s Sisters-in-Arms enlisted the help of Kristy Osborn, a trainer at the Schofield Fitness and Health Center. She energized the crowd with various interval-training exercises and then cooled them down with a little relaxing yoga.

Osborn stated she enjoyed being a part of health and wellness fairs. She said the fairs provide opportunities for Soldiers to be involved with overall healthy activities.

“It’s important for Soldiers to understand what agencies are available for them,” said Sgt. 1st Class Melissa Spradlin, USARPAC Sister-in-Arms member. “It takes a lot to be a Soldier. It’s not always about how well you PT. It’s truly important for Soldiers to know where to go if they’re not feeling their best – mentally, physically or spiritually, and this is why we’re here today.”

Spradlin said that the fair was a success and met its goals by bringing Soldiers and civilians in contact with ideas for healthy lifestyles and the agencies that can help them reach their personal goals.

“It’s great to have these agencies out here educating everyone,” said 1st Sgt. Darren Wilson, Headquarters Support Company, USARPAC. “Not only is it important for Soldiers to know where to go, but it’s also critical for Soldiers to be able to talk to these agencies on a one-on-one basis.

FORT SHAFTER — Soldiers and civilians in U.S. Army-Pacific participated in different interval exercise during USARPAC Sisters-in-Arms health and wellness fair at historic Palm Circle, here, June 11. Kristy Osborn, a personal trainer at Schofield Fitness and Health Center, lead the group in exercises and came out to help promote healthy lifestyle choices. (Staff Sgt. Kyle J. Richardson, U.S. Army-Pacific)

FORT SHAFTER — Soldiers and civilians in U.S. Army-Pacific participated in different interval exercise during USARPAC Sisters-in-Arms health and wellness fair at historic Palm Circle, here, June 11. Kristy Osborn, a personal trainer at Schofield Fitness and Health Center, lead the group in exercises and came out to help promote healthy lifestyle choices. (Staff Sgt. Kyle J. Richardson, U.S. Army-Pacific)

“Conducting these fairs helps Soldiers to build relationship with program members and get comfortable asking questions they may have been too embarrassed to ask before,” Wilson added. “In the end, it all adds to the overall total Soldier concept.”

Sisters-in-Arms’ goal is to empower women by developing strong bonds and partnerships between junior and senior leaders, military and civilian alike. The program will address women-specific issues, but will not exclude men who want to attend meetings and educate themselves about what women in the Army are concerned about, focused on and dealing with.

EMPOWERS 
•Engage: Getting women out in the community to make a difference.
•Meet: Networking and how to build professional relationships.
•Perform: Improving performance in the work environment.
•Overcome: Conquering adversities in ever changing environments.
•Wellness: Instilling confidence in mental and physical health.
•Educate: Emphasizing importance of continuing education.
•Revive: Having fun; inspiring and recognizing “everyday” women.
•Sponsor: Advocating for fellow women.

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