CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — People hoping to start the new year by losing weight and getting in shape may want to check out several January classes and events being offered by the U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa and Marine Corps Community Service Health Promotion offices.

Maintaining a healthy weight is key to good physical and mental health and can increase life expectancy and quality of life, the two health offices said. A healthy weight can be maintained by eating the recommended number of calories each day and exercising regularly, they said, recommending for those seeking more information.

To help people meet weight control goals, the hospital and health promotion offices are sponsoring Healthy Weight Week Jan. 18 to Jan. 24.

To help start Healthy Weight Week, an “Aerobathon” is to be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Camp Courtney’s Iron Works Gym. Free body fat and cholesterol screenings will begin at 8 a.m. This free event is open to everyone. Call 645-3484 for more information.

A new and improved weight management support group is to meet from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the hospital. The group offers support and motivation to help individuals achieve weight loss and fitness goals. Call 645-2620 to register.

Methods for lowering blood pressure and cholesterol will be offered at The Healthy Heart Class at 3 p.m. Jan. 28 in Conference Room C at the hospital. Call 645-2620 to register.

Learn how to eat and exercise properly in the Lose Weight the Easy Way class today and Jan. 22, at 4 p.m. in Conference Room C at the hospital. Call 645-2620 to register.

The 4th annual Canine Run is scheduled for 8 a.m. Jan. 31 on Camp Lester. Registration is $10 and includes a T-shirt. For more information, call 645-2620.

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