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NEWPORT NEWS, Va., May 19, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HealthWaves, the wellness program at Huntington Ingalls Industries' (NYSE:HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division, hosted the seventh annual 5K fun run/walk Saturday to promote health and fitness for the whole family. The event attracted more than 1,100 employees, as well as their family members and friends.

"The 5K is always a fun event, and that's important because we want to promote exercise as a fun and healthy way to spend time with family members, friends and co-workers," said Brady Goggin, HealthWaves' senior program coordinator.

The 5K started at Victory Landing Park near the Virginia Advanced Shipbuilding and Carrier Integration Center (VASCIC) and went north on West Avenue to 35th Street. From 35th Street, participants crossed over to Washington Avenue and proceeded north to 50th Street before returning to cross the finish line at Victory Landing Park.

HealthWaves held two training programs to help prepare participants for the 5K. "Couch to 5K," which was available to all participants, began March 10 with weekly emailed wellness challenges. The "NNS 5K Training Group" held weekly group runs that began March 25 to help employees prepare for the event.

The Challenge Cup was presented to the shipyard's legal team for attracting the highest percentage of family and friend participation. The Challenge Plaque was awarded to the Navy programs team for gaining the highest percentage of craftsman participation. Awards were also presented to the top three males, females, boys under age 12 and girls under age 12. The winners of these awards were:

Top 3 Males:

  1. Chuck Love (17:41)
  2. James Brittain (18:35)
  3. Colin Meigs (18:37)

Top 3 Females:

  1. Ann-Germaine Danz (18:44)
  2. Kelsey Osborne (19:38)
  3. Shameia Rogers (20:27)

Top 3 Boys 12 and Under:

  1. Cameron Hagen (24:28)
  2. Makoa Teixeira (26:33)
  3. Brett Hagen (26:48)

Top 3 Girls 12 and Under:

  1. Kaitlynne Costain (25:58)
  2. Claire Bauer (26:47)
  3. Jessica Costain (28:42)
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About Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) designs, builds and maintains nuclear and non-nuclear ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard and provides after-market services for military ships around the globe. For more than a century, HII has built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder at its Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls Shipbuilding divisions. Employing more than 38,000 in Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana and California, HII also provides a wide variety of products and services to the commercial energy industry and other government customers, including the Department of Energy. For more information, visit:


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