FSS to host Health and Fitness Expo, Air Force Alpha Warrior event

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – The 66th Force Support Squadron will host a Health and Fitness Expo along with Air Force Alpha Warrior demonstrations and competition for the base community at the Fitness and Sports Center here May 9.

Various representatives from on-base helping agencies will offer free health screenings, tips, samples, demonstrations, giveaways, information and much more from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"The goal again for this year's Health and Fitness Expo is to improve the physical, mental, social and spiritual health of those at Hanscom Air Force Base,” said Jerry Turnbow, Fitness and Sports Center director.

Base agencies participating include the Airman and Family Readiness Center, Chapel, Civilian Health Promotion Services, Employee Assistance Program, Family Advocacy, Fitness and Sports Center, Military and Family Life Consultant, Outdoor Recreation, Patriot Golf Course and the Youth Center.

For Department of Defense civilians attending, the CHPS information booth will offer a free blood pressure check, cholesterol screening and body fat composition testing. DOD civilians that would like to receive their cholesterol screening must bring a copy of their most up-to-date wellness profile certificate from www.AFMCwellness.com.

Members of the community will also have the opportunity to learn more about the many offerings available to them at the fitness center. Instructors will provide demonstrations on the fitness center's climbing wall, indoor golf coaching and more.

Included in this year’s health expo is Air Force Alpha Warrior, being held at the fitness center’s main gymnasium.

“Alpha Warrior provides a new and exciting way for Airmen to work out, build unit cohesion and a sense of community with other Airmen,” said Turnbow. “Trained Alpha Warrior athletes will demonstrate how to complete a course composed of seven obstacles and then offer an Alpha Warrior Adult Competition to adult military and civilian personnel.”

Air Force Alpha Warrior uses training equipment similar to that used on American Ninja Warrior.

The adult station is approximately 24-feet long and consists of seven obstacles. Obstacles include peg boards, cliff hangers, hanging spheres, hanging rings, hanging cones, ring boards and the salmon ladder.

The Air Force Alpha Warrior event is open to eligible personnel with base access from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 66th Force Support Squadron officials note that anyone with a history of arm, back or other issues should refrain from active participation in Alpha Warrior, yet are welcome to attend and watch.

A similar Air Force Alpha Warrior event for youth ages 4 to 12 will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. The youth rig is 12 feet long and includes age-appropriate obstacles.

Last year the Air Force collaborated with Alpha Warrior to build on Comprehensive Airman Fitness. The program's goal is to build and sustain a thriving and resilient Air Force community that fosters mental, physical, social and spiritual fitness.

For more information on Alpha Warrior, visit http://www.myairforcelife.com/Fitness/alpha-warrior.aspx.  

For further information about the Health and Fitness Expo, contact Turnbow at 781-225-6634.

To learn more about the regularly scheduled classes at the fitness center, visit http://www.hanscomfss.com/copy-of-fitness-sports-center.