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Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center Launches Weight Management Initiative for Health Weight Month

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- The Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC) announced the launch of its weight management initiative, Jan. 7 as part of "Healthy Weight" month. 
The initiative encourages Sailors, Marines, their families, and health educators to access relevant healthy eating, active living, and psychological and emotional well-being resources that help achieve and maintain a healthy weight. 
The timing of the announcement is aligned with NMCPHC's "Healthy Weight" Month and the "New Year, New You" Month observed by the Military Health System and Navy Medicine.
"Addressing healthy weight is important for Sailors and Marines because exceeding body composition assessment (BCA) standards can negatively affect their career and compromise mission readiness," said Cmdr. Connie Scott, the Health Promotion and Wellness Department Head at NMCPHC. "Exceeding BCA can also be an impediment to readiness because extra pounds can decrease quality of life and increase health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and some types of cancer."
In support of the Secretary of the Navy's (SECNAV) 21st Century Sailor & Marine Initiative, NMCPHC's "Healthy Weight" Month increases awareness about the benefits of achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, and offers resources that equip Sailors and Marines to take charge of their weight management by developing life-long healthy behaviors including healthy eating, active living, and psychological and emotional well-being. 
Weight management is part of the spectrum of wellness that maximizes each Sailor's and Marine's personal readiness. Resources offered include a comprehensive listing of posters and infographics; fact sheets; brochures; and interactive tools, including quizzes and games developed by both NMCPHC and other leading health organizations. Newly created NMCPHC materials include One Day at a Time: 31 Day Challenge for a Healthier Life, a fact sheet series addressing the safety and health impacts of supplements, and Better Eating Habits in 7 Days food log. 
Sailors and Marines can also achieve weight management goals with the ShipShape Program, the official Navy weight management program that assists Active Duty and Reserve military service members, beneficiaries, and government civilians with making healthy behavior changes in order to lose weight. The program consists of eight sessions that focus on three important components for weight management: mindset, nutrition, and physical activity. 
The ShipShape Program is highly recommended for active duty personnel who have failed or are at risk of failing their BCA standards. The program is managed by NMCPHC and aligns to the missions of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine Initiative, and Navy Medicine to maintain a healthy, fit, and ready force. 
For more information and resources on weight management, visit NMCPHC's website at: http://www.med.navy.mil/sites/nmcphc/health-promotion/Pages/hp-toolbox-january.aspx 
For more news from Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center, visit www.navy.mil/local/nmcphc/

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