10 August 2018
While being in the military requires physical fitness, the New Zealand Army understands that health and wellness reaches far beyond body fat ratios and aerobic fitness.
Linton Military Camp held a Wellness Expo yesterday for Linton, Waiouru and Ohakea military and civilian personnel, which showcased what it means to live a healthy lifestyle at an occupational, social, intellectual, emotional and spiritual level.
“A healthy lifestyle should not just be looked at on the physical level. It is also being at the top of your game in those other elements too,” Commander 1st (New Zealand) Brigade Colonel Matthew Weston said.
“The Army’s ability to achieve mission success will always be centred on its people.”
The Expo, with the theme “Be the best you, for your colleagues, for your whanau”, had more than 70 stands and four speakers covering topics from financial services and education to property investment, Veterans Affairs New Zealand and sports equipment.
Captain Shannon Shattock, one of the organisers, said the New Zealand Defence Force expected a lot of its people and the Expo was one way to show them the resources available to make sure they could do their jobs properly.
“It’s all about military personnel and their needs,” Captain Shattock said.
Co-organiser Kristy Hill said the speakers were a popular part of the Expo and the seminars had been professionally filmed so they could be accessed by military members who could not make the event.
This was the third year the Expo had been held at Linton and each year the format is improved to ensure it meets personnel’s needs.
This year personnel were also able to compete in fitness challenges and competitions, making it more interactive than in previous years.