Hundreds of community members showed their dedication to staying active and fit in 2020 by attending the annual MWR Health and Fitness Expo, Jan. 16 at Specker Field House.

The event, which draws huge turnouts each year, gives everyone who works, lives and plays on post a chance to learn about the benefits of cardiovascular fitness and discover the range of exercise programs available.

“Our goal is to educate the Fort Belvoir Garrison and community about sleep, nutrition and physical activity,” said Charice Smith, Kawamura Human Performance Center fitness program specialist. “We also want to provide participants with wellness strategies to improve their spirituality, mental health, finances and overall safety.”

Throughout the Expo, some 50 exhibitors offered specialized exercise plans, nutritional products, and information and advice about fats, cholesterol, salts and dietary supplements. They also showed everything from ways of improving diet to minimizing cardiovascular disease and obesity.

Attendees could also sign up for the Civilian Health and Fitness Program, a program that empowers people to get fit during the workday by allowing three hours a week of command-approved fitness time for six months.

The event, once again, proved to be positive and educational.

“I came to this event last year and I really like it; there’s so much to see,” said Amanda Sargeant. “There’s so many vendors that I’ve wanted to reach out to and it’s so convenient—I live in Alexandria and I come here to work out.”

“I come to the Expo every year,” added Caroline Arevalo, who attended with her 2-year-old granddaughter, Sofia McNally. “I like all the vendors and that you can get so much information about all the health organizations on Belvoir. It really makes you want to get into fitness more and they have so much information on nutrition and health.”

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