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Rally promoting health, fitness to unite JBSA

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas --

An event emphasizing health, fitness and nutrition will be offered to Joint Base San Antonio beneficiaries March 25.

The 59th Medical Wing Health Rally – an event featuring 5K and 9K runs and information booths representing JBSA medical units, military and family readiness centers, youth centers and other organizations – is set for 9 a.m. March 25 at JBSA-Randolph’s Airmen’s Heritage Park.

“The purpose of the 59th Medical Wing Health Rally is to promote health and fitness as well as nutritional awareness by proactively reaching out to our beneficiaries in the San Antonio area in a fun, pep rally-like format,” said Gina Ramirez, 359th Medical Operations Squadron outreach/resiliency coordinator.

The Fit Kid 5K returns to the event this year and will be joined by a competitive 9K run.

“We’ve never done the event on this scale,” Ramirez said. “Last year’s Fit Kid 5K was a huge success with approximately 300 participants. We are expecting at least that many this year.”

The 9K run is open to beneficiaries who are high school age and older. Medals will be awarded to the top three male and top three female finishers.

Organizations that will be represented at information booths include medical units such as family health, women’s health, pediatrics and optometry; the New Parent Support Program; military and family readiness centers; youth programs; chaplain offices; and Military OneSource.

The health rally celebrates National Nutrition Month, but expands on that theme, Ramirez said.

“This year we widened the scope to include health, fitness, family and nutrition,” she said. “We want to take a broader holistic approach to mind-body-behavior.”

In addition to getting children moving, the event will bring awareness of safety and overall health, Ramirez said.

“With the many base organizations participating, it will also be a great time to recognize all the resources we have for children and adults,” she said.

The health rally enhances the Air Force mission by reaching out to the warfighter, veterans and their families by promoting a healthy lifestyle, Ramirez said.

“We do this by making available a variety of health-related organizations while also offering a few fitness-related activities,” she said. “A key component to becoming a high-reliability organization in the health care industry is to take the initiative to help our beneficiaries from becoming ill in the first place.”

Participants in the 5K and 9K runs may register and purchase a T-shirt at www.59mdw.org/fitkid5k.html or www.59mdw.org/healthrally9k.html.