AFMC promotes ‘Ready, Set, Summer’ challenge

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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- This spring season, Air Force Materiel Command and Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., will promote the ‘Ready, Set, Summer’ Physical Activity Challenge.

The RSS challenge is a command-wide initiative designed to promote physical activity for the workforce. Regular physical activity is one of the most important actions that people of all ages can take to improve their health. Being physically active can help people feel better, function better, sleep better and reduce the risk of a large number of chronic diseases.

The Hanscom Civilian Health Promotion Services is conducting the RSS challenge locally. This initiative is open to all federal civilian employees and active duty members.

Participants who enroll in the RSS challenge will receive a free set of Stack 52 flexibility exercise cards at the official check-in with CHPS. The Stack 52 flexibility cards have links to online demonstration videos of each exercise.

How to participate in RSS:

1) Enroll online at from now through April 30. Federal civilians need to have an up-to-date Health Risk Assessment to participate.
2) Print your RSS confirmation email and complete an initial check-in with CHPS between April 15-30 to finalize enrollment and receive your free Stack 52 Flexibility Exercise Cards. Cards are available while supplies last.
3) Perform physical activity and log your minutes on the activity log, from April 22 through June 2.
4) Attend the CHPS education class, “Injury Prevention,” between April 22 and June 7.
5) Attend a final check-out with CHPS, from June 10-19, to receive your completion award.

To be eligible for the completion award, each participant will need to attend both enrollment check-in and completion check-in with CHPS; complete and log at least 600 total minutes, or 10 hours of physical activity; and attend “Injury Prevention” class from CHPS staff.

Participants that complete the Ready, Set, Summer Challenge requirements will receive a free pinpoint massager from CHPS.

Contact your physician before beginning any physical activity program to be sure it is safe.

For more information, visit or contact Annmarie Pease at 781-225-6311.

(Editor’s note: The 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs Office contributed to this article.)