USS NASSAU, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Nassau (LHA 4) received the 2006 Force Commander Annual Wellness Award on March 10. Along with the award, Nassau is approved to paint the Green "H" on the island of the ship.
The Green "H" is awarded to combined fleet medical and dental departments that take an active approach in promoting command health and wellness programs for their Sailors. Commands are judged on criteria such as physical readiness standards and preventive heath assessments, among others.
"The award recognizes enhanced battle readiness by promoting the health, fitness, and mental well-being of active duty Sailors," said Nassau's Senior Medical Officer Capt. David Lasseter.
The award recognizes a command's excellence in health promotion, which is based on the calendar year Jan. 1 through Dec. 31.
"It encourages participation in health promotion activities, and provides formal recognition to units that have excelled in establishing and promoting a command conducive to health promotion," added Lasseter.
Nassau's Medical department submitted information from its Command Needs Assessment, Periodic Health Assessment, goals and evaluation of the health programs, physical readiness that included data from both Physical Fitness Assessments (PFA) for 2006 and data from Nassau's Fitness Enhancement Program results of the PFA. Other data included health promotion training, tobacco cessation classes, and dental readiness program.
"We worked hard verifying records of all patients onboard to ensure the information was accurate," said Nassau's Dental Officer Capt. Michael Lewis.
Data for individual medical readiness and best practices were also collected for the application form.
"Best practices could be anything we designed and implemented for our health promotion program. One example is our "Cruise to your Goal" weight management program that we offered during the 2005-2006 deployment," said Lasseter.
The entire Top Gator crew helped win the prestigious Green "H" by completing the Health Risk Assessment (HRA).
"It was a department-wide evolution with the combined synergy of many small programs and efforts," said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (SW/AW) Benjamin Russick.
Teamwork was the determining factor for the end results.
"Collectively, all were key players in ensuring different processes were in place to effectively collect data required to maximize our points," pointed out Master Chief Hospital Corpsman (SW/FMF) Keith Staples.
"Once everyone understands the part they play affects our readiness as a team and how important each and every Sailor is, we realize we can't do one job without the other person. After winning the Green "H" award I went to the chief's mess and bragged that I had the best department on the ship."
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