In the conversation about health, wellness and performance, we often focus on managing our mental well-being, eating the right foods, and keeping on top of our workouts. It’s important to pay attention to your social fitness as well. In fact, the nature of your relationships with others—such as your partner, family, friends, co-workers, or fellow Coast Guard members—can impact other areas of your health for better or worse.
Overall wellness is closely tied to the balance that exists between our emotional, physical, spiritual, and mental health. Mental health problems can affect your thoughts, mood, and behavior.
When we are introduced to someone new or have not seen a friend in a long time, we generally greet him or her with a firm handshake. This may seem innocent enough until you start to think about what their hands, or your own hands, have been touching and the numerous germs on those objects. The best way to ensure we are not receiving other peoples’ germs or giving germs to others is to wash our hands.
We do preventive maintenance on our ships to ensure they are ready when called to action, but sometimes we fail to provide maintenance on our most valuable asset – our people. No one knows when the next natural disaster or emergency will happen which will test the resiliency of our members. We do know that providing an atmosphere of a healthy lifestyle will improve morale, improve the health of our members, and help prepare them to meet all challenges.
Dr. Angel Valles-Bravo traveled from Cuba to Venezuela and provided treatment for those who couldn’t afford access to medical care. Here’s his story.
The newest episode of the Coast Guard Paratus Report is now live! In this episode learn about upcoming changes to enlisted evaluation system, the Electronic Health Screening Tool for hurricane responders, and a new tuition assistance cap.
According to the American Cancer Society, tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet more than 40 million Americans still smoke cigarettes and use other tobacco products. However, more than half of these smokers have attempted to quit for at least one day in the past year. Smokers are encouraged to use the Great American Smokeout on November 17, 2016 to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By doing so, smokers will be taking an important step towards achieving a healthier life and reducing cancer risk for themselves, their families, and their fellow Coasties!
So you’re stressed out? You are not alone! Stress is part of everyday life, but how you cope with it that makes a big difference in being resilient vs. having a physical or emotional crisis.With a demanding job in the Coast Guard, it may be difficult to avoid stress, but it is not difficult to use the tools above to manage the stress in your life. Read the full blog to learn about stress coping mechanisms.
It is necessary to take all precautions to prevent the transmission of Zika. ALCOAST 289/16 outlines Coast Guard requirements, as well as provides guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Widespread local transmission of Zika continues on the island of Puerto Rico and in the US Virgin Islands, and cases have also been found in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Read this important post to ensure you and your family are taking all precautions to prevent the transmission of the Zika virus.
Feeling hot, hot, hot? Yes, the dog days of summer are upon us. There are differing opinions as to the origins of the ‘dog days of summer,’ but we don’t care where it came from – all we know is that it is hot outside. View this post to learn about how to prevent heat strain disorders or injury.