The Army is hosting its fourth annual Strong BANDS campaign to enhance soldier and family fitness and community well-being during May’s National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.

Fort Hood is participating with numerous events across post, including Zumba and spin classes.

“The motivation behind hosting these events at Fort Hood is to provide support of the ... campaign in promoting physical and mental fitness and wellness during the month of May,” said Millie Land, a recreation specialist for the Community Recreation Division at Abrams Physical Fitness Center.

The Army initiative is hosted by the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation directorate. BANDS stands for balance, activity, nutrition, determination and strength.

The events are open to soldiers, families, retirees and civilians.

Land said the event is a great way to encourage soldier readiness and highlight opportunities for soldiers and their families to stay physically and mentally fit.

Through the campaign, “residents of our community can gain and achieve their commitment to living a healthier lifestyle,” Land said. “We are providing wristbands for them to wear to show their commitment to them living a healthier lifestyle.”

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