Burnett Gym hosts Health & Wellbeing Day

RAF Halton’s Health and Wellbeing Day took place in November with the intention of raising the profile of all health and wellbeing issues, the importance of exercise, fitness and general overall wellbeing for Service personnel, their dependants and civilian employees.

A committee from the Station organised the event held in the Burnett gymnasium, providing interactive stands and information relating to health matters, as well as competitions, practical treatments and professional advice from internal and external agencies and practitioners.

Apart from Servicemen Awaiting Trade Training taking part in circuit training, stalls included advice from an aloe vera specialist, a masseuse doing Indian head massage, smoking cessation advice, sports massage, stir fried food and the  smoothie bike. The static bike works by pedalling which spins the smoothie container, the faster you pedal the better the smoothie!!!

Flight Sergeant Laidlaw, who organised the event, said: “Today is about a whole range of initiatives for keeping our personnel fit for purpose. Health and well-being is at the core of what we do as physical training instructors. It’s not just one   persons job, it is about the whole Station working together for through-life fitness.”

Dr Al MacKenzie from the Regional Medical Centre was on hand to give advice at the blood pressure testing station. He advised on healthy eating with regards to fat and salt content and the importance of mental health to military personnel and their families.

Station Commander, Group Captain Simon Harper, said: “This is an amazing initiative and sends out a serious message at the time of year when people are thinking about their health. Recruit Training Squadron gives the newest recruits nutritional briefs and it carries on here in the wider Royal Air Force.”


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