Fort Bragg’s monthly 5k walk/run once again met the need of running enthusiast as over 200 participants showed up to take part in the competition.
While the 5k is a monthly event, this race also had a host of participants taking part in the weekly Healthy Base Initiative take part in the event and activities. Several booths dedicated to giving information lined the field of Hedrick Stadium.
“The focus of the HBI is tobacco cessation, improved activity and improved nutrition,” said Col. Jeffrey Kingsbury Womack Army Medical Center, director of wellness and readiness.
Trying to educate as well as inspire, Kingsbury laid out his plan to educate participants for health success.
“What we want to do is reduce is fatty foods, but we want to increase the amount of nutrients,” said Kingsbury. “We want you to have at least eight to 10 portions of fruits and vegetables per day.”
He continued, “In activity we want people thinking about doing 300 minutes a week. That’s a lot at first, but if we can get people doing just 30 minutes a day, five days a week, that’s a start. If we can get people enjoying it (excercising) then they can push for that hour of activity a day which reaches the goal of that 300 minutes a week.”
The Fort Bragg run had something for everyone. Before joining in to show support for a healthy Fort Bragg, Maj. Gen. Jeffrey N. Colt deputy commander, XVIII Airborne Corps; and Lt. Gen. Patricia (Patty) Horoho, Army surgeon general and commander of Army Medical Command addressed the participants.
“It’s exciting because it’s the grassroots movement that is going to spread across America as we take one step forward towards better health. When they (participants) take a step towards health it’s an investment,” said Horoho.
Whether the day was about shaving time off a personal best run time or just getting out to spend the day with Family, participants took full advantage of the event.
“Soldiers have an amazing opportunity on Fort Bragg,” said Chaplain (Capt.) Jason Palmer, 1st Battalion, 1st Special Warfare Training Group, John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School Chaplain. “To be able to come out to a Family-focused event and run without registration, with the freedom to bring strollers and pets and to be able to enjoy some good Family fun in a fitness focused atmosphere (is great.) It’s awesome what Fort Bragg provides on these monthly events.”