Lorissa Byrom is new to Fort Bragg. An Army spouse and mother, the San Antonio-native said she wants to learn about all the resources that the installation has to offer, so she attended the Healthy Family Holiday Fair, Dec. 13, at the clubhouse at Linden Oaks.
“I’m new, so I want to get involved and learn what Fort Bragg’s all about,” said Byrom who is married to Pvt. 1st Class Austin Byrom and is mother to Austin Junior, 1 and Jaylin, 2.
The Healthy Family Holiday Fair was coordinated by Army Community Service at Fort Bragg.
It is a “round-robin event designed to help the Linden Oaks Families have a healthy holiday season,” said Carmen Walker, outreach program coordinator, ACS.
Stations set up at the fair included distribution of information on an array of topics including stress management, couples communication and parenting tips.
Susan Marquez, another Fort Bragg Family member, attended the fair with her granddaughter, Sophia Persaud, 4 years old.
“I like it . . . (getting) pamphlets of information about things I need to know,” she said. “It’s wonderful and it helps a lot.”
Marquez got couples communication tips to share with her Family from Esther Berrios, a prevention education specialist at ACS.
Berrios told Marquez and others who were in attendance that the five top disagreement issues among couples relate to finances, parenting of children, interference from Family and friends, lack of communication skills and the amount of quality time Families are able to spend together.
Mercedes Bryant-Williams of the Family Advocacy Program also distributed information about stress relief. Some tips included promoting stress relief through exercise and how using relaxation skills such as visualization, deep breathing and meditation.
“We’re helping them have a healthy Family through stress reduction and working out together,” Bryant-Williams said.
Army spouse, Laura Doebler said the information she received was important and helps her as she goes through a deployment with her husband, an E-4 with 3rd Special Forces Group who is deployed to Afghanistan.
“It’s something special for us,” she said.
Other activities at the Healthy Family Holiday Fair included coloring activities for the youth and being able to take a picture with Santa Claus.
For more information on programs available to Fort Bragg servicemembers and their Families, or classes offered through ACS, visit www.fortbraggmwr.com.