By James Rosenfelder
U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs

Navy Medicine is encouraging Sailors, Marines, and their families to become a partner in their health in 2017.

Throughout the new year, Navy Medicine will provide Sailors and Marines information on how they can be proactive partners in their health and make healthy lifestyle choices.

"There is no better time than now to improve your readiness by improving your health," said Vice Adm. Forrest Faison, Navy surgeon general and chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED). "Living a healthy lifestyle is essential to mission readiness and can prevent health problems before they occur."

Utilizing innovative methods, such as tele-health services at Naval Medical Center San Diego and Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Navy Medicine helps Sailors, Marines, and their families improve their physical health, resilience, and ability to make healthy behavior choices in their efforts to live a healthy lifestyle.

"Navy Medicine is entrusted to provide Sailors and Marines the best care our nation can offer," Faison said. "We do this by focusing on health, not health care - but we need your active participation in order to succeed."

As a partner in health, Navy Medicine provides programs to help Sailors, Marines, and their families improve their physical, mental, and behavioral health.

The Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center's "Crews Into Shape" and Navy Operational Fitness and Fueling System (NOFFS) help Sailors and Marines maintain a healthy weight through good nutrition and exercise.

The Naval Center for Combat and Operational Stress Control improves the cognitive health of Sailors and Marines by promoting resilience and providing best practices for maintaining their mental health.

Navy Medicine military treatment facilities have integrated behavioral health consultants to help our beneficiaries manage work, relationships, and their personal life. Behavior health programs also include tobacco cessation services such as counseling, medication, and self-help tools to provide Sailors and Marines the education and resources to quit tobacco.

Navy Medicine is a global health care network of 63,000 personnel that provides health care support to the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, their families and veterans, in high operational-tempo environments, at expeditionary medical facilities, medical treatment facilities, hospitals, clinics, hospital ships, and research units around the world.

Get In Ship Shape

From Heath Promotions by the Ocean

The Shipshape Class will start on Jan. 26.  It runs for eight consecutive Tuesdays from 9-10 a.m. at Building 2050. The nutrition and weight management course guidelines are directed by the Navy and Marine Corp Public Health Center. Call 270-5251 for more information.  Class is open to active duty, adult dependents eighteen years of age and older, and retirees.

The eight-week session discusses a different topic every week to help with your weight loss management.  The course begins with the orientation and registration process.  The seven other objectives to be covered are:

â¢Healthy Nutrition- This session reviews the basics of nutrition

â¢Tracking Your Nutrition- Focuses on healthy weight loo strategies and reviews fad diets

â¢Physical Activity- Behavioral strategies are developed to initiate and maintain an exercise program.

â¢Your Nutrition Environment- The focus is on strategies for fitting healthy eating habits into a busy lifestyle

â¢Psychology of Weight Management- Discussing factors that are common barriers to weight loss and techniques to overcome them.

â¢Bringing It All Together- The tools participants have gained from previous sessions are used to prepare for making healthy selections when shopping for groceries.

â¢Long Term Success- Lapse and relapse are defined and participants are given tis for continued weight loss and weight maintenance.

According to Mayport Health and Wellness center ShipShape Facilitator Laura Goldstein RN, BSN the program is not just about weight management but is a complete healthy lifestyle commitment.