The Nutrition Expo and BBQ Cook-off shared the same time slot Wednesday on Fort Stewart for Marne Week competitions and exhibits.
Though there was no intention for the events to compete, it was clear more visitors were interested in pleasing their taste buds than protecting their heart.
“We would like to change the way people view food, nutrition and fitness,” Expo coordinator Sarah Lopez explained. “We want to show people what foods are most healthy and better ways to get into shape and stay fit.”
During the Expo at the Corkan Teen Center, Capt. Jill Fowler, a dietitian with Winn Army Community Hospital, explained what foods are healthy to individuals and groups of two or three soldiers or family members. She focused on foods and sports drinks some people think are healthy. She said many of these items are not healthy due to the high levels of sugar or fat.
Angela Roberts, an RN with Winn, checked blood pressure and tested for cholesterol and glucose. She advised those with high readings to schedule a formal medical exam.
Other health care professionals helped soldiers and family members learn about proper footwear for hiking and jogging, as well as activities to promote physical fitness.
In another room, TriCare representatives provided literature about military health-care benefits. Representatives of Stewart’s Dental Activity Command had information about dental health and gave away toothbrushes. And representatives from Stewart’s commissary gave away coupons for healthy snacks and offered literature about healthy foods available at the commissary.
Read more in the June 30 edition of the News.