Written by Timothy Merrell
Just in time for the Coast Guard April weigh-ins, the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center, or NMCPHC, Health Promotion and Wellness Department announces the 16th Annual Crews Into Shape Challenge, which will take place March 6, 2016 to April 2, 2016. The Coast Guard Health Promotion Program and CG SUPRT encourage Coast Guard units to participate in the challenge in order to prepare for weigh-ins, promote overall wellness, and develop accountability within your unit.
Crews Into Shape is held every March in conjunction with National Nutrition Month® and is sponsored annually by the NMCPHC HPW Department. It is a four-week challenge that uses a team approach to promote wellness, combining the support of friends, colleagues, and family members to work toward a healthier lifestyle. The challenge is open to all active duty and Reserve service members in the Coast Guard, Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Air Force, as well as Department of Defense family members and civilians.
“The Crews Into Shape challenge continues NMCPHC’s ongoing commitment to provide programs that support lifelong healthy behaviors and lifestyles,” said Diana Settles, the director of the 2016 Crews Into Shape at NMCPHC. “Through this challenge, our goal is to provide a fun, free and team-oriented activity that helps promote and guide improved physical activity and healthy eating habits.”
Participants generate teams comprised of up to 10 members, create a team name, and earn points based on NMCPHC’s standardized rules and scoring system. Points are accrued for eating two cups of fruit and three cups of vegetables daily, performing 30 minutes of aerobic exercise or 15 minutes of vigorous exercise daily, maintaining or achieving a goal weight, and engaging in other healthy activities.
Since 2001, Crews Into Shape has been a staple health and wellness initiative within the Armed Forces community and both participation and public response has been tremendously positive.
“In 2015, we had 1941 registered crew members and 311 Crews from across the DoD family,” said Settles. “According to the 2015 post-challenge survey, the 187 respondents indicated that Crews Into Shape improved their daily fruit and vegetable consumption habits – 82 percent – and improved their daily exercise routines – 78 percent.”
Get ready and submit your registration to NMCPHC by March 5, 2016!
Also, visit the Coast Guard Health Promotion Program website for additional information on Coast Guard physical fitness or contact the CG Health Promotion Program Manager, Tim Merrell at (202) 475-5146, fax (202) 475-5907, or email Timothy.M.Merrell@uscg.mil.
CG SUPRT professional coaches can also offer support with this challenge. Coaches assist with an array of health and wellness issues such as weight loss, fitness and exercise, healthy eating, organization, smoking cessation, life transition and general wellness to keep you ready. The service is free and confidential within the limits of the law and is offered over the phone with flexible times to fit your schedule. Click here for information on how to schedule with a coach to prepare for your weigh-in and get support for the challenge. You can also contact CG SUPRT at 855-CGSUPRT (247-8778) to schedule an appointment with a coach.