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Fort Sill hosts Health and Safety Expo

FORT SILL, Okla._Fort Sill soldiers and their families learned how to live a little safer and be a little healthier during Fort Sill's Operation Live Well expo.

Health cooks, local police and fire departments were on hand to offer soldiers valuable health tips to apply to their daily lives. The safety expo was great for families that have been at Fort Sill and know their way around. But Safety Expo organizer, Gary Gaede says it's even better for newcomers.

"It's very important because we have a lot of people that come down here that aren't really familiar with the Fort Sill area, and so this gives the opportunity to find out about the weather and what types of things are offered to them out here," said Gaede.

They learned the importance of boat safety from the Coast Guard, motorcycle safety from Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and even learned what to do in case of a house fire.

Specialist Steven Galindo said he considers himself to be pretty healthy but decided to attend the event to learn even more.

"I am here because I was interested in what was going on at the health expo. My wife and I have been on a health kick as of the last couple of months so I am just getting all the information that I can," said Spc. Galindo.

Tips on how to cook healthy food, how to keep your pet healthy and even tips on mental health were all available to soldiers and their families. Twenty years ago, expos like this didn't exist but Health Expo organizer, Captain Jasmin Gregory, says the focus has changed. She says the military wants to encourage healthy lifestyles both in and away from the job.

"We're actually really focusing on the health and wellness of our fighting force and our family members as well. You got to be healthy, not just physically but mentally as well. So, we want to make sure that our soldiers are putting the right things inside their bodies so they can perform their mission along with their family members," said Capt. Gregory.

Some of the soldiers said the safety and health tips have really had a positive impact on their lives and their families.

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