News | Nov. 8, 2019

Expo offers tips for health and recreation

By Tim Hoyle DLA Disposition Services

Some employees who attended had the chance to exercise and everyone learned about fitness opportunities at the Sports & Fitness Expo conducted Nov. 7 in the Palm Garden Room.

The Morale, Welfare and Recreation Fitness Center staff hosted more than 135 people at the event, which Fitness Center Manager Martha Kerns called “a great opportunity for all employees to participate in sports and recreation programs.”

Trainers from the MWR staff provided demonstrations of programs available through the Fitness Center. Numerous vendors from local sports and fitness facilities, health practitioners and state agencies were also on-site providing information.

“We work with Battle Creek Parks and Recreation to do basketball, softball and volleyball leagues,” Kerns said. “We’re the only MWR that doesn’t have fields available for sports, not being on a base, so we have to work with the community.”

The large screen on the stage was used to show some of the Wellbeats virtual fitness training videos available to employees that offer a wide variety of fitness training programs.

“Wellbeats has so much,” said Chris Chisholm, MWR personal trainer. “There is a wide variety of different classes like cardio-kick boxing.”

Kristy Hardin took a break from her DLA job for the chance to lace up some gloves and throw some training punches with Chisholm.

“It’s something different,” Hardin said. “It’s also the kind of training you find on Wellbeats.”

Kerns said the event was also a good chance to promote upcoming programs like the six week body transformation, the target pistol league and table tennis competitions.

Many employees like John Horton thought the expo was great with “lots of good stuff.” He particularly liked the station with information on Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources and the recreational opportunities they provide. He is also a big fan of the MWR staff.

“Martha and her crew are awesome,” Horton said.

More information on MWR programs is available on their Facebook page.