Getting Better Together: Health Promotions team eager to revive program

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  • By Holly Logan-Arrington
  • Robins Public Affairs

Kevin Fallon, Robins’ new Health Promotions Program manager, moved more than 1,000 miles to get back to the career field he loves.

Kendra Hill, Robins Health Promotions dietitian, and her husband, James, along with their dogs, Bailey and Sam, and their cat, Frodo, moved hundreds of miles in need of a change of scenery.

Both plan to work together for the good of the Robins community.

Fallon, formerly the Installation Fitness Program manager at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, gave up his position and became an education services specialist at the base when a reduction in force occurred at the base. After two years, he found his way back to the health field, moving to Robins in late March to revive the Robins Health Promotions Office.

Kendra Hill, Robins Health Promotions dietitian, who stepped into her new role about six months ago after leaving her former job as a clinical dietitian for a Jacksonville, Florida, hospital, came to Robins hoping to make a difference in the lives of Airmen and Department of Defense civilians in the mid-state.

Fallon, a 61-year-old New Orleans, Louisiana, native, has a couple of goals in mind for the base.

“Robins Air Force Base has not had a Health Promotions manager for almost two years,” he said. “Thus, while serving at Robins, I hope to address and resolve two main issues: the base’s obesity rate and the high exemption rate for the physical fitness test. My plan is the help reduce these rates and to both promote and encourage healthier living for the entire base population.”

Hill, in her new role, will work with Fallon to meet that goal, providing nutrition education to optimize performance in the active duty population, as well as educate people with chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.

As Robins’ dietitian, the Lancaster, Pa. native said she supports the Health Promotions mission and goals by providing evidence-based education and resources to optimize mission readiness. I advise airmen what to eat to optimize their performance in the field and during military fitness tests.

The dietitian is already working to help Robins’ dining facilities offer healthier options for its customers.

“I am working on improving healthy food options at the food facilities on base to allow for quick, healthy grab and go options for airmen on the run by communicating with management at each dining facility, restaurant, snack bar and vending machines,” she said. “On a yearly basis, I assess food facilities to assure they are meeting certain standards. Another goal of mine is to improve the knowledge of Airmen so that they are able to make quality lifestyle choices in order to meet their personal nutrition and fitness goals.”

In addition to Hill’s efforts, Fallon said he plans to teach classes on Sleep Hygiene, Back Safety, Physical Training, In Body, and work with Hill to create ways to help people reach their health goals.

Once things get back to normal, Fallon and Hill both said they hope to start meeting people in person in the near future and help get them on the right track to a healthier lifestyle.

If you would like to learn more about how the Health Promotions team can help you reach your health goals, call Robins Health Promotions at (478) 327-8019.