#FoundedonFreedom Virtual 5k
From July 3 until July 10, unite across the waves and join Navy Exchange and MWR Navy Fitness for a #FoundedOnFreedom Virtual 5k, powered by Champion, to celebrate the birth of our great nation. Registration is FREE for all authorized patrons and the first 500 participants will receive a commemorative race medal by mail. To register, click here.
All participants are able to choose a place and time to walk, run or bike the 3.1 miles. Treadmills are also acceptable. We encourage you to wear the race bib and dress festively for the holiday.
SHARE your photos on Instagram or on Twitter using #FoundedOnFreedom. At random, we will select TWENTY LUCKY WINNERS to receive a $50 NEX Gift Card.
CHALLENGE other friends and family members deployed or stationed around the globe to unite and run the race "together." Stitch your photos together and post them here on the Facebook event wall (https://www.facebook.com/events/300044357703369/) for a second entry to win one of twenty $50 NEX Gift Cards.
PLUS - starting on July 4, freshen up your fitness with a Bingo Challenge Card from MWR Navy Fitness. Your participation in the #FoundedOnFreedom Virtual 5K is one of the Bingo squares - so you are already winning!
Let Freedom Ring – MWR Navy Fitness Bingo ChallengeFreshen up your fitness with the MWR Navy Fitness Bingo Challenge! The event will be held July 4-10. Tag #letfreedomringbingo and post a participation picture on your favorite social media!
- Authorized NEX patrons who complete a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal bingo are eligible to win one of 20 NEX $50 gift cards. Winners will be selected at random when they send a picture of their completed bingo card to email@example.com.
- Download the bingo card here. https://www.navymwr.org/modules/media/?do=download&id=e8410f15-f9c4-4bf8-aed8-04c54e820c35
Navy MWR Fitness: Making a SPLASH in swim safety!
Through SPLASH, Navy MWR Fitness strives to educate parents and legal guardians on pool safety and the dangers associated with unsupervised swimming.
6 Key tips in ensuring the safety of your child when using the aquatic facility:
Stay within arm’s reach…Adult supervision is the first line of defense in preventing accidental drownings. Drownings can occur quickly and quietly and in as little as 1 inch of water. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 or younger, with children from 1 to 4 having the highest drowning rates. Even more alarming, 1 in 5 drownings occur in public pools with lifeguards present. Parents must remain within arm’s reach of non-swimmers at all times.
Protect your non-swimmers…Water wings and other inflatable floats and devices are not designed to save your child, nor allowed in Navy MWR Aquatic facilities. Floaties provide children and parents with a false sense of safety. All non-swimmers who do not meet the arm-pit depth and who wish to use the pool must be in are encouraged to be in a Coast Guard-approved life jacket and must remain within arm’s reach of their parent at all times.
Learn to Swim…Research shows a reduction in the risk of drowning by as much as 88% among children ages 1-4 years by participation in formal swim lessons.* Navy MWR provides swim lessons for all ages with certified Water Safety Instructors. Contact your local Aquatics staff for more details.
Assess swim skills…Proper skill assessment is vital in ensuring the safety of children. All children that wish to use the deep end of the pool, including slides and diving board, must be assessed prior to entering the pool. Lifeguards will be available at times specified at the local facility to provide the official Navy Fitness Youth swim skills test.
Swim Safely…A day at the pool or beach is fun. However, as much as it is fun, it needs to be safe. Youth non-swimmers and swimmers must remain in their designated areas at all times. Water games are acceptable, but extended breath-holding is not authorized. Remember, even the strongest swimmers and elite athletes can die using breath-holding techniques and games. Stay safe, swim safe.
Hang it up…20 seconds, that’s all it takes for a child to drown. No tweet, status update, text, or phone call is worth risking a child’s drowning and/or possible death. It is up to parents to ensure the safety of their child even if lifeguards are working. Eliminate distractions and keep sight of your child at all times.
*Reference: Brenner, R. A., Taneja, G. S., Haynie, D. L., Trumble, A. C., Qian, C., Klinger, R. M., & Klebanoff, M. A. (2009). Association between swimming lessons and drowning in childhood: a case-control study. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 163(3), 203–210 (https://doi.org/10.1001/archpediatrics.2008.563).
Navy Fitness Offerings
- Fact vs. Fiction Vitamin D and COVID-19
Download an informational flyer from Navy MWR Fitness for the facts on vitamin-D and COVID-19.
The Navy Operational Fitness and Fueling System (NOFFS) is a complete fitness and fueling program that eliminates the guesswork and provides Sailors and the community with a best-in-class system to optimize and maintain physical readiness in an unpredictable world. Use the NOFFS iOS app or the Navy Fitness NOFFS Online Virtual Trainer to stay fit and mission ready!
- NOFFS Information
- NOFFS Operational Virtual Trainer
Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center
- Decreasing Stress Through Exercise
- National Physical Fitness & Sports Month
- NOFFS Fueling Nutrition Guide
- Sleep & Physical Activity
DoD Fitness Offerings
- Get Your Kids Active to Keep Them Fit and Healthy
Children who exercise and play outside show improved mood, sleep, social skills, self-esteem, balance, strength, coordination, and endurance.
- Human Performance Resources by CHAMP
- Military OneSource
USMC High-Intensity Tactical Training
MWR Fitness Offerings
- EURAFCENT MWR has collected a variety of additional fitness resources
- Mid-Atlantic MWR has collected a variety of additional fitness resources
- NSF Dahlgren MWR has created three fitness videos
Commercial Fitness Offerings
- Les Mills free at-home workouts, 60 days free with on-demand
- Life Fitness free at-home workouts
- Matrix Community App - Free
Prior to beginning any workout, it is recommended that patrons consult with their health care professional.