Sparks Fitness Center Supports Air National Guard

FORT SMITH, Ark. (July 17, 2013) – Sparks Health System is proud to announce our fitness center has received a special salute from our local armed forces.

The Marvin Altman Fitness Center and three of its Associates were recently recognized by the Arkansas Air National Guard for contributing to the 188th Fighter Wing’s Wingman Day 2013. 

As a part of the June 1 event, fitness center trainers Josh Geske and Tyler Schuster spoke to a group of nearly 1,000 Air National Guard members about proper nutrition and the benefits of exercise.  The duo also got the guardsmen on their feet for a 10-minute high intensity exercise session.  Their lessons are now being used as a model for other units across the country.

Don Ridgley, fitness center manager, along with Geske and Schuster, were each awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for participating in the joint training event.  The awards were presented July 12 by 1st Sgt. Brian Anible of the 188th Fighter Wing.    

In addition, Anible presented the staff of Marvin Altman Fitness Center with a Department of Defense Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve.  The document details the fitness center’s dedication to United States service members and their valued place in the workforce.

Marvin Altman Fitness Center is the only fitness facility in the state that is fully hospital integrated.  Trained instructors offer a wide range of programs and classes at the health club, and a variety of exercise equipment is also available for use.  Individual, Couple and Family memberships are available.  Call (479) 441-5469 for more information.