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Health fair teaches Guardsmen to make smart decisions

Staff Sgt. Dana Watson attempts to walk a straight line while wearing goggles that simulate the effects of three alcoholic beverages. The health fair held at the 162nd Fighter Wing gave members a close look at everyday issues that affect personal health. (Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jordan Jones.)

Staff Sgt. Dana Watson attempts to walk a straight line while wearing goggles that simulate the effects of three alcoholic beverages. The health fair held at the 162nd Fighter Wing gave members a close look at everyday issues that affect personal health. (Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jordan Jones.)

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona health care providers gave Guardsmen at the 162nd Fighter Wing hands-on experience with several issues that influence health during a Health and Wellness Fair here Aug. 7.

The event organized by the wing's human resources office was the first of its kind at the Tucson-based Guard unit. Its intent was to promote good health among Arizona's citizen Airmen.

Several booths in the base's dining facility were set up to test blood pressure, body fat percentage, physical strength and even the effects of alcohol on a person's sense of balance. 

At the fair's number one attraction, members were asked to wear goggles that simulated the effects of three drinks. They were then asked to walk a straight line. The demonstration proved to be challenging task that illustrated the dangers of driving while intoxicated.

"It's good to know your body fat content, how strong you are, how much sugar is in your food and what your reaction is to being under the influence," said Master Sgt. Susan Echeverria, event organizer. "We wanted to host an event designed to show our people, not just tell them, why they should make good health choices."

The Health and Wellness Fair is a precursor to the wing's upcoming Federal Employees Benefits Fair scheduled for Nov. 4, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the base dining facility.

"The benefits fair will kick start the open season for federal technicians who want to make changes to their federal benefits," sad Echeverria.