Ho'okele Staff | Jun 30, 2012
Military personnel and their families had a chance to learn more about healthier lifestyles at a fitness and wellness fair held June 27 inside the new Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Fitness Center.
Open to all Department of Defense common access cardholders, the fair highlighted Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s fitness and group exercise classes with demonstrations. Pearl Harbor and Hickam Commissaries provided samples of healthy food and drinks.
Naval Health Clinic Hawaii’s health promotion department staffed a booth focusing on the food people are putting into their bodies and how to improve their nutrition.
Among their displays, members of the department demonstrated a device that measures body-fat percentage and explained their resting metabolic test.
“I think this fair is a great way to tell active duty military and their dependents about fitness through health promotion,” said Hospital Corps-man 2nd Class Rory Farrell of the health promotion department.
The event also featured pickup basketball games, a three-point basketball shootout, a massage therapist on location providing “chair massages,” and giveaways.Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Steven Dunbar of the USS North Carolina (SSN 777) participated in the three-point shootout against military family member Daniel Andrews.
“I like the A/C in the gym. Everything is new and they have nice facilities,” Andrews said.
Maj. Jillian Torango of 13th Air Force Public Affairs received her first-ever massage at the fair. “I figured it’s free, so I might as well try it. I actually got his card and I’ll call him to schedule an appointment,” Torango said.
Navy Cryptologic Technician Interpretive 3rd Class Ben Worman and Ashley Matthews said they attended the fair because they wanted to participate in a program called “Boot Camp.” On their way out of the fair, they also grabbed some fresh fruit to take with them. “We come here (the fitness center) for all the classes such as yoga, cardio and kickboxing, six days a week,” Worman said.
As he prepared to play racquetball on the second floor of the gym, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Jeremy Johnston of Squadron 7 said, “These (courts) are really nice, and the fitness center has a large number of cardio machines. You don’t have to wait in line for the machines.”
Besides serving as a modern place to become physically fit, the new center features environmentally friendly “green” construction, including a solar hot-water heating system and 1,400 photovoltaic cells to generate energy.