FORT LEE, VA. (Oct. 19, 2017) -- Kenner Army Health Clinic will host its 5th annual Health Festival and Volksmarch this Saturday, 9-11:30 a.m., with the main activities taking placing in the A Avenue parking lot adjacent to the facility. Admission is free and open to everyone in the Fort Lee community.
Registration for the 5K walk/run begins at 8:30 a.m. Participants can look forward to a scenic volksmarch route that includes wooded trails through Petersburg National Battlefield Park. Pets are welcome. Children, 12 years old and younger, will receive a certificate of achievement for participating.
Both the volksmarch and health festival are centered upon the Army Surgeon General’s Performance Triad initiative to move from a healthcare system to a system for health, noted Lt. Col. Paul Kassebaum, KAHC commander. The Triad stresses the importance of physical activity, nutrition and sleep to achieve a balanced and holistic approach to care.
Festival-goers can use this opportunity to learn more about health risks like lack of exercise, obesity, poor diet choices and too little sleep, all of which can contribute to chronic disease. Additionally, the experts on hand are a good source of information for those seeking better fitness strategies to improve their overall wellness and health. The flu vaccine also will be available for family members and retirees enrolled to the clinic.
“We are looking forward to promoting physical activity and healthy living at our annual volksmarch celebration,” Kassebaum confirmed. “We can improve our military community’s readiness by preventing healthcare issues before they occur.”
Capt. Scott Miller, chief of KAHC laboratory services and event coordinator, noted how military treatment facilities like Kenner continue to initiate programs such as the annual volksmarch and health festival that “invest in improving the readiness and resilience of the Army Family.” The event encourages community members to incorporate health-promoting behaviors and decisions into their everyday lives or life space.
“Consider the background of the volksmarch as a traditional European community activity in which participants spend time with family and friends, enjoy nature, eat homemade foods and get healthy exercise all at the same time,” Miller said. “That’s the vision we have for this celebration every year, and we hope to see maximum participation Saturday, making our 5th annual Volksmarch and Health Festival the best of them all.”
A forecast of sunny skies, mild temperatures and trees with vibrant fall colors should also serve as inspiration to dust off your lederhosen, dirndls and other German-themed attire and come out to Fort Lee for this exhilarating community event. Just remember to wear shoes appropriate for hiking, bring water for hydration and ensure canines are leashed and current on vaccinations. Food will be available for purchase at the festival site.
For more information, call the KAHC Public Affairs Office at (804) 734-9086.