Team Red White and Blue
Enriching the lives of Sailors physically and emotionally
How often are sailors heard admitting that the only time they exercise is right before a PRT? A nation-wide organization dedicated to enriching the lives of all who serve is helping Sailors not only get healthier physically, but mentally and emotionally as well.
When Information Systems Technician 1st Class Lauren Boulay discovered RWB in 2013, she admits she wasn't into fitness at the time. When a shipmate encouraged her to try an RWB group run, she found she loved it.
"Before I started, I would just go to the gym every couple months and the only time I ran would be for a PT test. RWB inspired me to want to push myself," explained Boulay.
By mid-march, she had quit smoking because she wanted to run more with RWB. A couple months later, she ran her first half marathon.
Boulay credits the friendships she's made in RWB to getting her much more physically active.
"I didn't realize I loved running until I started running with these people," said Boulay. "It made me want to run every single race I could just so I could have those experiences. Now people look at me like, 'Wow, you're so active!'"
When Boulay suffered a knee injury in December 2014, she turned to RWB for support.
"I didn't want to walk because it hurt, so I needed a push. My friends in RWB helped me go hard in physical therapy because I wanted to get back as fast as I could to be back with the team."