News: Health and Wellness Fair
Story by Lance Cpl. Alejandro Bedoya
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Combat Center patrons attended the first, base-wide Health and Wellness Fair held at the West Gym Oct. 21. The fair was hosted by Marine Corps Community Services’ Semper Fit in support of Operation Live Well.
“This fair’s purpose is to try and reach out to the community and assist them in living a healthier life,” said Davina Lira, admin specialist, Semper Fit. “We have many different people here who can provide a lot of information in almost every aspect when it comes to being healthy.”
The fair was hosted by Semper Fit but many volunteers from the local community offered their time to set up a table with information about their specialty. The fair included optometrists, food experts, physical trainers, representatives from educational facilities and others who have a mission to promote healthy behavior. Promoting healthy behavior is one of the main missions of Operation Live Well.
According to their website, the Operation Live Well team has compiled a set of tools and resources that can be tailored to each individual’s needs and preferences. Good health and vitality are based on a foundation of proper nutrition, physical activity, sleep, avoidance of risky behaviors, and emotional well-being.
Operation Live Well aids in making healthy living an easier choice and the social norm for people everywhere. The operation looks to guide, motivate, and encourage people to obtain and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
The fair also played a role in the on-going Combat Center challenge. Marines competing could attend the Health and Wellness Fair to earn points for their team.
“The fair supported a lot of different events taking place on the Combat Center but I am amazed at how many people came out to just get information on how to live a more healthy life,” Lira said. “It is things like this fair that will help a healthy lifestyle and healthy behaviors become an easier way to live.”