Annual Fitness Expo set for Jan. 17

Fort Belvoir community members check out the latest in fitness programs and healthy dietary plans from local vendors at the annual MWR Health and Fitness Expo. This year's event is Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Specker Field House. 

Fort Belvoir community members committed to staying active and fit in 2019 will have a chance to kick off the New Year in the right direction, when MWR hosts the annual Health and Fitness Expo, Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Specker Field House. 

The popular event, which draws hundreds of participants each year, will give everyone who works, lives and plays on post a chance to learn about the benefits of cardiovascular fitness, discover the wide range of exercise programs available to the community and to participate in aerobic and strength-training demonstrations. 

The goal is to educate the community about sleep, nutrition and physical activity, said Charice Smith, Kawamura Human Performance Center fitness program specialist. Belvoir fitness staff also wants to provide participants with wellness strategies to improve their spirituality, mental health, finances and overall safety. 

Throughout the Fitness Expo, trainers and some 50 exhibitors will offer specialized exercise activities and in-depth information and advice about fats, cholesterol and salts, and suggest ways of improving diet to minimize cardiovascular disease and obesity. Representatives of the American Red Cross will be available to answer health-related questions and local strength-training representatives will conduct free floor aerobics demonstrations. 

Expo participants will have a chance to sign up for the Civilian Health and Fitness Program, CHFP, that is designed to empower people to get fit during their work day by allowing three hours a week of command-approved fitness time for six months—great for beginners and cost-free, there’s no excuse not to give it a try. 

Engage with Expo vendors using the Expo passport and visit three vendors to get a free Expo T-shirt (available to the first 300 participants). 

For more information about the MWR Health and Fitness Expo, contact Charice Smith,, 703- 806-4645. 

For information about other exercise and fitness programs on post, call Sports and Fitness, 703- 805-4655; Graves Fitness Center, 703-806-5368; the Body Shop, 703- 806-3100 or visit sports-and-fitness.