Health fair promotes culture of personal responsibility

A U.S. Air Force Airman places his hands in a container during a 52nd Medical Group Fall Harvest Health Fair Nov. 5, 2014. At this booth, Airmen could coat their hands in a gel called Glo Germ, which glows under black light. Then, the Airmen would wash their hands as they would normally, return to the booth and see the areas on their hands where germs could still exist. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daryl Knee/Released)

A U.S. Air Force Airman places his hands in a container during a 52nd Medical Group Fall Harvest Health Fair Nov. 5, 2014. At this booth, Airmen could coat their hands in a gel called Glo Germ, which glows under black light. Then, the Airmen would wash their hands as they would normally, return to the booth and see the areas on their hands where germs could still exist. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daryl Knee/Released)

A near-vision card that tests visual acuity rests on a table at the optometry booth at 52nd Medical Group Fall Harvest Health Fair Nov. 5, 2014.  The blurred spot in the middle of the image is from a lens that simulates macular degeneration, a deterioration of the eye thought to be due by aging. The symptoms are usually blurriness in the center of vision with the peripherals unaffected. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daryl Knee/Released)

A near-vision card that tests visual acuity rests on a table at the optometry booth at 52nd Medical Group Fall Harvest Health Fair Nov. 5, 2014. The blurred spot in the middle of the image is from a lens that simulates macular degeneration, a deterioration of the eye thought to be due by aging. The symptoms are usually blurriness in the center of vision with the peripherals unaffected. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daryl Knee/Released)

Tara Coenen, 52nd Medical Operations Squadron New Parent Support Program technician and registered nurse, demonstrates a RealityWorks shaken baby simulator during a 52nd Medical Group Fall Harvest Health Fair Nov. 5, 2014. The simulator lights up when shaken in three different areas of the brain, which represent how even one shake to a baby can permanently damage brain functions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daryl Knee/Released)

Tara Coenen, 52nd Medical Operations Squadron New Parent Support Program technician and registered nurse, demonstrates a RealityWorks shaken baby simulator during a 52nd Medical Group Fall Harvest Health Fair Nov. 5, 2014. The simulator lights up when shaken in three different areas of the brain, which represent how even one shake to a baby can permanently damage brain functions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daryl Knee/Released)

Norah Ellington and Brandon Brinkley, children of Sara Ellington, create pumpkin decorations at the Educational and Developmental Intervention Services, or EDIS, booth at the 52nd Medical Group Fall Harvest Health Fair Nov. 5, 2014. The EDIS staff offered the pumpkin creation class to encourage the development of fine motor skills of the participating children through coloring, peeling stickers or using scissors to cut paper along lines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daryl Knee/Released)

Norah Ellington and Brandon Brinkley, children of Sara Ellington, create pumpkin decorations at the Educational and Developmental Intervention Services, or EDIS, booth at the 52nd Medical Group Fall Harvest Health Fair Nov. 5, 2014. The EDIS staff offered the pumpkin creation class to encourage the development of fine motor skills of the participating children through coloring, peeling stickers or using scissors to cut paper along lines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daryl Knee/Released)

Spangdahlem Airmen and families interact with the 52nd Medical Group Airmen during the 2014 Fall Harvest Health Fair at the Skelton Memorial Fitness Center at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Nov. 5, 2014. The medical group hosted the fair to promote health and fitness by providing free information, health checks and other services. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim/Released)

Spangdahlem Airmen and families interact with the 52nd Medical Group Airmen during the 2014 Fall Harvest Health Fair at the Skelton Memorial Fitness Center at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Nov. 5, 2014. The medical group hosted the fair to promote health and fitness by providing free information, health checks and other services. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ann Johnson, 52nd Medical Operations Squadron’s Pediatrics Clinic medical technician from Musella, Georgia, center left, provides free information and health checks to a member of the  Spangdahlem community during the 2014 Fall Harvest Health Fair at the Skelton Memorial Fitness Center at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Nov. 5, 2014. More than 30 base agencies provided information and promoted health. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ann Johnson, 52nd Medical Operations Squadron’s Pediatrics Clinic medical technician from Musella, Georgia, center left, provides free information and health checks to a member of the Spangdahlem community during the 2014 Fall Harvest Health Fair at the Skelton Memorial Fitness Center at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Nov. 5, 2014. More than 30 base agencies provided information and promoted health. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim/Released)

A “Drunk Busters” bike sits on a makeshift driving course during the 2014 Fall Harvest Health Fair at the Skelton Memorial Fitness Center at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Nov. 5, 2014. The 52nd Medical Operations Squadron’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Treatment center put together the course to simulate the effects of “driving” while intoxicated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim/Released)

A “Drunk Busters” bike sits on a makeshift driving course during the 2014 Fall Harvest Health Fair at the Skelton Memorial Fitness Center at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Nov. 5, 2014. The 52nd Medical Operations Squadron’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Treatment center put together the course to simulate the effects of “driving” while intoxicated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- The annual 52nd Medical Group Fall Harvest Health Fair took place Nov. 5, 2014, at the Skelton Memorial Fitness Center.

More than 30 health-care providers created booths to demonstrate their expertise during this centralized, education opportunity for the Spangdahlem community.

"In the Air Force, we always focus on weapon systems, whether it's the aircraft in the sky or the support crews who maintain those airframes - but we cannot do that without maintaining the human weapon system," said U.S. Air Force Capt. Denise Campbell, 52nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron health promotion dietician and co-coordinator of the event. "And so we put on events like the health fair to advertise all the health-related services on base to keep Sabers healthy and able to seek, attack and destroy."

Each medical exhibit featured technology, items and pamphlets relevant to that agency's specialty -- for example, the optometry booth boasted an eye-test machine, shaded goggles to simulate eye degradation and eyeglass repair tools. Event participants could speak with experts and receive informational brochures to take home.

A majority of the Spangdahlem Airmen who visited the fair maintained good health, Campbell continued, but some of the mildly destructive things they may do -- smoking, overeating, too much sun -- can severely affect their health in the future. Medical group Airmen stive to provide the best care possible to their patients, but educating the community on healthy-living options and creating a culture of personal responsibility remains one of their end goals.

"When you hear the words 'peer pressure,' it's usually negative, but it can be a positive thing," Campbell said. "We should all be encouraging friends, coworkers or family members to make changes in their lives for the better."

U.S. Air Force Capt. Elizabeth Batchelor, 52nd Medical Operations Squadron clinical audiologist and co-coordinator for the event, agreed.

"The healthier the Airman, the better they can focus on the mission," she said. "We all should be striving to stay healthy and work together to promote a healthy community at Spangdahlem. We each have a personal responsibility of our own health and the health of those around us. Step up and help out others. And it's not just supervisors and their subordinates; it's our duty just as regular people."

Any interested person who could not attend the fair can call Campbell at DSN 452-7385 or 06565-61-6012 to request further information on health-care options.