Military personnel and their families take on health challenges

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Brompton Barracks and Medway Council put local military personnel and their families through their paces to highlight the importance of health and wellbeing.

Following the success of the health fair held in September 2017, on Wednesday, 21 February, hundreds of soldiers, civilian staff and their families came together for an action packed afternoon full of fitness challenges, competitions, demonstrations and seminars on a variety of health topics.

The joint initiative between the barracks and the council’s public health team got the troops and their families involved in a number of physical activities including bike trials and core stability exercises. They also learnt about mental health, healthy eating, smoking cessation and much more.

Families also had the chance to watch a fencing demonstration facilitated by three time Olympic athlete – Medway Council’s Director of Public Health, James Williams.

Mr Williams said: “It was great to meet soldiers, staff and their families at Brompton Barracks to raise awareness of how important taking charge of your own wellbeing is. Being fit and healthy is vital for military personnel and the fair offered them the chance to find out more about the health and wellbeing services we offer in Medway.”

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder in charge of Public Health, Cllr David Brake, said: “It was fantastic to see hundreds of people at the health fair. There was plenty of things to do for people of all ages and soldiers, staff and their families had the chance to learn more about alcohol awareness, mental health and healthy eating. They also learnt how to make healthy breakfasts from scratch.”

Tony Richardson, Head of Physical Training at Brompton Barracks, said: “It was a brilliant afternoon educating and advising our soldiers from Brompton Barracks in an informal setting. It really captures the importance of a soldiers health as well as making them comfortable discussing topics that they may not normally talk about. Our second health fair with Medway Council’s public health team has been a huge success and hopefully this can continue.”

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