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Team Pete hosts Healthy Lifestyle Festival

Staff Sergeant Alexandra Longfellow -- Five months after our New Year’s resolutions were made to eat and live healthier, the Healthy Lifestyle Festival begins at commissaries worldwide to help reaffirm any lagging resolve.

“Commissaries are joining forces with their military resale partners and other activities to put renewed focus on helping service members and their families live and eat well through the products and services conveniently available at our installations,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Tomeka N. O’Neal, the Defense Commissary Agency’s senior enlisted advisor to the agency director.

This year’s theme is “Healthy Families, Healthy Pets.” Colleen Heffner and Melissa Mack, commissary event coordinators, thought this would be a great opportunity to bring kids into the kitchen and introduce them to the joy of cooking. The Health and Wellness Center staff has selected some kid-centric recipes and will show them how to prepare snacks and beverages.

“The festival will have something for everyone,” said Andrew Brooks, commissary store director. “Come out on Friday and you will see PEAK FM radio, Sparky, McGruff, Military Working Dog demonstrations and Drive Safe Colorado will have the crash test dummies along with some interactive tools to emphasize distracted driving. There will be games, contests, giveaways, food demonstrations and a Farmers Market.”

There’s also a healthy pet emphasis featuring great prices on pet food and associated items, and some locations will have activities that appeal to pet owners.

“We will have numerous vendors providing pet products and giveaways for the festival,” Brooks said. “This includes festival only pricing, coupons and some pet basket giveaways.

A veterinarian from Fountain will volunteer to speak with pet owners and provide a limited number of rabies vaccinations. The Fort Carson Veterinary Treatment Facility will provide pet parents with health screening information and an animal behaviorist will also be at the festival.

Commissaries won’t be alone because various Exchange and Morale Welfare and Recreation services will have corresponding sales and activities. People can enjoy special discounts on workout equipment and apparel, and check out the health screenings and fitness events.

“In the military we are all about maintaining resilience and readiness, and our Healthy Lifestyle Festivals put the spotlight on how we come together as a community on our installations to help do that,” O’Neal said.

Fort Carson, El Paso County and the State of Colorado are joining forces to provide information and assistance to smokers on quitting the habit at the event.

“Within the Peterson AFB community, we are working with The Exchange, MWR, 21st Security Forces Squadron, 21st Civil Engineering Squadron fire department, Health and Wellness Center, the Health Clinic, Outdoor Recreation, and the Retiree Assistance Office,” Brooks said.

“A goal of ours is to introduce our community to the facilities on Peterson AFB and spotlight what they have to offer,” Brooks said. “Another is to bring agencies and organizations with a common purpose together for the benefit of our community members.”

The Healthy Lifestyle Festival will be held Friday, May 31 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m., at the Peterson AFB commissary. If you have any questions call the commissary at (719) 556-7765.

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