Helping agencies to host Health and Wellness Expo

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  • By Mark Wyatt
  • 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Base officials will host a Health and Wellness Expo at the Fitness and Sports Center here Oct. 4 from noon to 5 p.m.

The expo will focus on the four pillars of health and wellness: emotional, social, physical, and spiritual well-being.

“This event is all about building connections,” said Kristin Wright, installation violence prevention integrator. “Together, we’ll partner with on-base agencies and local community partners, forging a network of support and care for all of Team Hanscom.”

The event is open to all with base access, including those who live in Hanscom AFB family housing.

A variety of base agencies, as well as local businesses and organizations, will be in attendance to offer health and wellness resources, samples, demonstrations, giveaways, and more. 

The event will also bring together experts from various fields, including representatives from the Bedford Veterans Administration Hospital, acupuncturists, massage therapists, and chiropractors.

According to organizers, exhibitors will help guide attendees on their wellness journey, whether a military member, federal employee, or family member.

"We’re on a mission to make wellness accessible to all," said Paul Shoesmith, 66th Force Support Squadron Sports and Fitness Center manager. "This Health and Wellness Expo will support mental health and create a community where it’s not just ok to talk about these challenges, it’s encouraged."

The expo, last held in 2019, aligns to the Department of the Air Force "Connect to Care" construct.

“Connect to Care is about creating awareness of the resources available to our community, whether on base or off,” said Wright. “It’s about letting people know they have support, breaking down the barriers of uncertainty.”

Officials scheduled the event to coincide with an early release of the Hanscom Primary and Middle Schools. An inflatable bounce castle, yoga, climbing wall, music, games and more will be available for children who are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Food trucks with various options for purchase will also be onsite.

For further information, contact Wright at 781-225-4033 or Shoesmith at 781-225-6635.