Fort Lauderdale's "Health Colonel" Detained by OAS Conference Security

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Security contingent for the June 4th event greeted the health expert with "Show me your hands!"

Returning from his weekly Saturday "Beach Boot Camp" workout for civilians, local celebrity and health expert Retired Lt. Col. Bob Weinstein, known as the Health Colonel, was stopped by over 10 law enforcement vehicles with sirens blazing. Although faced with a startling experience, the retired military instructor, personal trainer and motivational speaker applauds the area's law enforcement team.

On route home at 10:30 a.m., about a mile away from the Organization of American States (OAS) conference on June 4, 2005, Col. Weinstein was flagged down in downtown Fort Lauderdale by a Pembroke Pines Police car with lights flashing. Dressed in his trademark workout attire of camouflage pants, combat boots, military backpack and pistol belt, Col. Weinstein was greeted by 100 police officers in full riot gear after pulling over and dismounting his black Kawasaki motorcycle.

Col. Weinstein remembered, "After I removed my helmet and military backpack, I looked behind me and noticed a multitude of police officers in riot gear and that law enforcement vehicles had me surrounded. With my hands up, I identified myself as a United States Army Reserve, retired, and told them I was on my way back from a military-style workout at the beach."

After running his driver's license and military ID, answering a few questions and undergoing a backpack search, all items were returned.

"Once it was clear that I was not a threat, the officers referenced the OAS conference and we all exchanged pleasantries. I understand the need for heightened security during this important event and respect the professionalism, courtesy and responsibility of the Pembroke Pines and Miramar Police forces," Col. Weinstein explained. "In fact, the next morning, when I was eating breakfast at a coffee shop on the Fort Lauderdale Beach, about twenty law enforcement vehicles passed me on the street dressed in my street clothes, and proceeded to greet me by loudspeaker and salute as they passed. It was an unusual yet exciting way to make a lot of new friends."

About Lt. Col. Bob Weinstein

Retired Lt. Col. Bob Weinstein is retired from the Army Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel with 30 years of service, having served half that time as a military instructor with the Command & General Staff College. He has been featured on radio and television, among others, on the History Channel and Fox Sports Net as well as in various publications such as the Washington Times, RAZOR magazine and the Herald. He is also on the Expert Panel of 24 experts for the New York-based company Affinity Solutions as their Health and Fitness Adviser. His background is unique and diverse with military instructor, attorney, motivational speaker, wellness coach, certified corporate trainer, and certified personal trainer all under his belt. Bob is fluent in German and English.

His own business, "Fountain of Youth Fitness," specializes in a military-style workout on Fort Lauderdale Beach, incorporating strength, cardio, flexibility and agility training, in both personal training and group sessions. Known as the Health Colonel, Bob is a motivational speaker on topics of leadership, team building, sales, fitness, nutrition, health, wellness and the importance of interrelationships of people. More information about the Health Colonel and his programs is available at

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