Health & Safety

May 24, 2013

Warrior Fitness Center hosts community health fair

Staff Sgt. Jacob Henry, 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron weapons director, looks away as Zachariah Schierholz, United Blood Services phlebotomist, tapes a needle in place during a blood drive at the Warrior Fitness Center May 17 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Local hospitals are always in need of new donors due to blood having a shelf life of just 42 days.

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The Warrior Fitness Center hosted its annual community health fair May 17 featuring 22 organizations from on and off base to promote comprehensive Airman fitness.

The health fair was comprised of three events, including the safety 5 kilometer run, the health and fitness fair and a United Blood Services blood drive.

The purpose of the fair, which was held on the WFC basketball courts, was to “support Comprehensive Airman Fitness day, and to showcase to the base community what we offer,” said Tech Sgt. Noe Andrade, event organizer.

The day kicked off with the 5K Run for Safety, which included approximately 400 Airmen, veterans and family members, who pledged to make fitness and safety a lifestyle.

Following the run, the doors were opened to the annual health fair where more than 20 organizations and businesses were ready to offer counsel and advice on a wide range of health-related and fitness topics. Interactive booths covered cholesterol, blood pressure, foot care, eye care, diet plans and a plethora of other health care concerns. Outdoor recreation also set up a booth to showcase various equipment available to rent including mountain bikes, canoes and camping equipment.

Donors “gave the gift of life” by stopping in at the United Blood Services blood drive. Going into the event, organizers expected only 15 blood donation appointments, Andrade said. By the end of the day however, phlebotomists accepted 31 successful donations; far exceeding expectations.

 




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