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Naval Support Activity Bethesda’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation Fitness Center held fitness classes in the Building 17 gymnasium recently to celebrate Heart Health Awareness Month.

“It was to promote our group fitness classes and offerings we have and to give some health education materials on heart health because it is Heart Health Awareness Month,” said Devon Smith, group fitness coordinator at the NSAB fitness center. “We also have a nutritionist and physical therapist talking about a heart healthy diet.”

The event consisted of five aerobic classes scheduled in 30-minute slots that focus on gaining and maintaining a healthy heart.

“We have ‘Spinning, Body Attack’ which is a sports-inspired cardio class. Then, we have ‘Kangoo,’ which is rebounding on spring boots. Next, we have ‘Cardio Dance,’ and the last class is ‘Body Flow,’ which is a blend of yoga, tai chi and Pilates, which is good for stress reduction,” said Smith. “The first classes are more cardiovascular heart health and this last one is more of a mind/body type class.”

All of the classes presented at the day’s event are on the schedule every week and offered multiple times per day.

Anybody that is eligible for the fitness center, such as active duty, dependants and retirees, can enjoy the classes, said Smith. “Full time civilians and contractors can pay five dollars per visit. To take a class, they just come in. They don’t have to sign up. The schedule is posted on Facebook or they can be picked up here at the fitness center.”

Air Force Staff Sgt. Pepper Palmer from the Uniform University of the Health Sciences took the event as an opportunity to get personnel from her office together for a team building exercise.

“I think [events like this] are great,” said Palmer. “It encourages more people to get out and exercise and it gives them the options of what they have so they can be interested in other classes coming back.”

For more information on upcoming classes and schedules, log on to the Naval Support Activity Bethesda Facebook site at