On December 1 and December 2, 2018, the Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District held their 2nd annual 5K Walk/Run event. This year our event staging area was B.J.’s parking lot in the rear and our course took us from B.J.’s down Cooper Creek Blvd. to Honore Avenue and then north on Honore Avenue to Station 5 and then back to B.J.’s parking lot.

The District’s Fitness Coordinators (FF/EMT Christi Hollins, FF/EMT Kiel Duquette, and FF/EMT Dan Reisdorf) worked with our Cigna Representative, Jamala Patterson, Senior Health Engagement Partner, in creating our Wellness Program for all employees of the Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District and their families. This past year they brought in specialists to talk to all personnel about eating healthy food, cooking healthy food, healthy meal plans, proper exercise, stress reduction and other information about Wellness and Fitness.

Our 2nd Annual 5K Walk/Run event was once again a HUGE success and at the end of each day Santa arrived to give presents to the kids. A special THANK YOU goes to B.J.’s for allowing us to use their parking lot as well as providing the food and drinks each day and to Learning Express for their on-going support of gift giving to the children, THANK YOU!

Cigna provides the District with funding each year to keep our Wellness Program running. Big “THANKS” to Cigna and our Fitness Coordinators for another successful year and we look forward to our next event.

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