Live well in paradise

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  • By Senior Airman Melanie Bulow-Gonterman
  • 6th Air Mobility Wing public affairs
Men and women from MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. waited for the doors to open at the Teco Room in the Tampa History Museum, to kick-off the 18th Annual Woman's Health Seminar Luncheon May 15, 2014.

The main goal of the day was to raise awareness and provide preventative health measures you can take to minimize your risk of getting cancer, osteoporosis and heart disease.

'Live well in paradise' was the theme, for the obvious reason of living in the "sunshine state," Florida.

"This is an event in observance of national breast cancer month, red dress month, as well as, national physical fitness month and this just happens to be the week of women's health," stated Joan Craft, Health and Wellness Center director. "Rather than hosting several events for each, I decided to do a combined seminar that both men and women could attend."

The HAWC teamed up with Memorial Hospital to coordinate this event. More than 130 people attended the complementary luncheon, catered by a local restaurant. There was live music and party favors.

Dr. Catherine Lynch, associate vice president and dean at University of South Florida health, and Lt. Col Jeffery Watson, 6th Medical Group orthopedic surgeon, were the keynote speakers. They spoke on the importance of healthy eating habits, daily exercise and provided nation-wide statistics on health concerns.

MacDill's HAWC is the only one in the Air Force that teams up with the local community health professions and host events such as the Health Seminar Luncheon.

"This has been a fantastic event that provided outstanding fellowship and education. I would like to thank the HAWC team for coordinating this event. I appreciate all they do for us," Col. Kevin Franke, 6th Medical Group commander, said in closing.