Health, fitness expo set at Lake, M.C. high schools

Posted: May 15, 2012 at 9:15 pm

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U.S. Army Recruiting Company Waterloo will join hands with local business to bring a Health and Fitness Expo to high school students in both Mason City and Clear Lake Tuesday and Wednesday.

The event is sponsored by the Iowa Army Community Partnership Council, which identifies issues and seeks solutions to improve school drop-out rates, education, employment, health, fitness, well being, as well being a giving guest in communities.

The U.S. Army, who orchestrated the Health and Fitness EXPOs with local businesses and organizations, will moderate the assemblies throughout the school day. Clear Lake students will participate on Tuesday; Mason City will participate on Wednesday.

Since our youth are our future, the advisory partnership council members came up with the idea to put together health and fitness specialists that would capture the attention of high schools students and share the fact that your health is your future, said Capt. Forrest Moore, commander of U.S. Army Recruiting Company Waterloo.

Moore said obesity in the U.S. has become a national security issue. This national problem is putting a strain on our national healthcare costs and making it more difficult to find qualified applicants to serve in our military.

Jake Prazak, a Mason City native and holder of two world power-lifting records, will speak about proper-lifting techniques and overcoming obstacles. Prazak, owner of N.I.P. and Fitness in Mason City, will also perform a bench demonstration.

Jim Hallihan, executive director of the Iowa Sports Foundation and an Iowa Healthiest State advocate, will speak about sportsmanship. Amy Kirchhoff and Megan Conlon, registered dieticians with Hy-Vee, will speak about the importance of nutrition.

Nathan Pearce of Gamer Zone & Game Stop, who will have interactive video fitness games.

Other speakers include Janae Halm of Cerro Gordo Department of Public Health; Clear Lake and Mason City police departments and Sheriff Kevin Pals; Mason City Fire Chief Bob Platts; and Sonny Onoo, world karate champion.

For more information about the expo call Moore at his office in Waterloo at 319-236-3407.

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