Upcoming 101 Days of Summer event offers wellness information

By Gerald Williams, Bayonet & Saber /

The Fort Benning Installation Prevention Team will host 101 Days of Summer on Stewart-Watson Field July 15.

Donita Green and Latoya Brantley, risk reduction coordinators, are striving to ensure that Fort Benning residents have a safe and productive summer.

“We want service members and Families to come out and learn about alternative activities that are not high-risk,” said Green.

According to Green, the event was created to combat possible hazardous situations in the summer.

“We see more of an increase in high-risk behaviors during the summer than other seasons of the year,” said Brantley. “People are getting out more and are involved in more outdoor activities. Drinking alcoholic beverages is also a factor that increases during the summer.”

Green further stressed the importance of the event.

“The idea behind these events is to help prevent possible risk situations before they can occur. We want to give them ideas for things to do that aren’t as dangerous.”

A 1 Mile Fun Run and Wellness Fair will be held at Stewart-Watson Field from 8 to 10 a.m. After the run, participants and Families will have the opportunity to learn about how to prevent incidents. Bounce houses and lawn games will also be provided for children who want to participate.

“We really want to keep people aware that there are other things people can do besides drinking or sitting around the house. We absolutely want Family members to come out and engage at the event,” said Green.

Agencies from on post and off post will be represented at the Wellness Fair.

“We invited the Family Advocacy Program, Martin Army Community Hospital and the Directorate of Emergency Services, to name a few. They are all part of the Fort Benning Installation Prevention Team and have many resources in health and nutrition to share with others. The White Water Raft Organization, from off post, will also be there,” said Green.

“We talk about monitoring how much of a substance you take in. We also mention other security breaches such as mentioning that you are going away on social media for vacation or making sure you inspect your car thoroughly for any issues,” added Brantley.

Green and Brantley, as part of the Fort Benning Installation Prevention Team, want Families and Soldiers to know that they can easily get the information they need to prevent high-risk behaviors without feeling embarrassed or humiliated.

“Soldiers and Families can get information on topics that they may not want to talk about in a non-threatening environment ” said Brantley. “We want people to feel free to get the information they need without feeling targeted or blamed. We want them to know that the help, information and resources are out there. Come on out and get the information.”

“This is not just a job for us. It is our mission and our passion to want to take care of our Soldiers and our Families.”

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