RAF Benson Healthy Start to 2011

Royal Air Force Benson is ensuring a healthy start to another busy year of operations following a well-received health and well-being fair.

Held at the Station Gymnasium, the Health and Well-being Fair was organised to promote a holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle. The Station gym, usually synonymous with fitness tests and circuits, was transformed into a one-stop shop of health and well-being, with activities ranging from meditation to Zumba dancing!

The plethora of demonstrations on stands included many of the Station and RAF sports teams, from table tennis to polo and from judo to wind-surfing. There were also judo demonstrations, and a chance to try out Zumba dancing and Nordic walking.

The event was also supported by a large cross-section of the local community including Go! Active Oxfordshire, the Terrence Higgins Trust, and Community Health Oxfordshire. Station chefs were on hand to show quick and easy healthy recipes and Station medics and nurses gave free blood pressure monitoring and advice. Advice of a more spiritual nature was also available, with the Station Chaplaincy on hand throughout the day.

Hundreds of personnel and dependants attended the event and left feeling positive about the simple changes they can make to their well-being or health, whether it was food for thought, nutrition for the body or spiritual refreshment.

Station Commander, Group Captain Richard Mason, tried his hand at many of the stalls on offer, and commented, “It was great to see the Station Gym turned into a ‘one stop shop’ for such a wide variety of stands, events and ideas at today’s Health and Well-Being Fair. From ‘Zumba’ Fitness to computerised Relaxation Aids and from Wakeboarding to Healthy Eating, there really was something for everyone! I am really grateful to all those who took part and made it such a success and having so many of our local organisations present, such as Go Active in Oxfordshire, was fantastic. Not only was the day great fun but I am sure that both our Service personnel and their dependants have gone away with some great ideas for transforming their own health and well-being in 2011.”

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