The Army’s third annual Strong BANDS campaign promotes soldier and family fitness and community well-being during May’s National Physical Fitness and Sports month.

Fort Hood is celebrating with three free events, including a “Zumbathon” and spin and yoga classes. BANDS stands for balance, activity, nutrition, determination and strength. The Army initiative is hosted by the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation directorate.

“It’s just keeping on the mindset of keeping our soldiers physically fit — sound body and mind,” said Monty Campbell, spokesman for Fort Hood’s FMWR. “It’s just another avenue for them to go to the gym and show ... they’re for this concept.”

Campbell said the event is open to military families.

“We know our soldiers are strong and balanced in their life,” Campbell said. “We just want the whole military community to (be strong, too).”

Campbell encourages soldiers and their families to participate in the different fitness events featured this month.

“In order to be healthy, we need to have a strong balance of eating the right food and working out,” Campbell said. “To have a healthy mind, you have to have a healthy body.”

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