Harry S. Truman Pushes to "Crews Into Shape"

Story Number: NNS080226-26Release Date: 2/26/2008 2:52:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew Bookwalter, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman's (CVN 75) crew will begin its "Crews Into Shape" program March 3.

When command physical training isn't enough, and there isn't any motivation to exercise alone, the 2008 "Crews Into Shape" challenge on March 3-28, might just be the answer.

"Crews Into Shape" is a team-based Department of Defense-wide competition held every year during "Nutrition Month."

"A key concept of this intervention is the 'crew'; people committed to help[ing] and encourag[ing] each other in the struggle to establish healthful habits," said Bob MacDonald, the project manager of the "Crews Into Shape" challenge.

Lt. Cmdr. Denise Milton, the resident physical therapist on board Truman said, "Natural foods are easier for your body to process and obtain nutrients. The exercise, of course, is just health[ier] for you."

The program is about getting people healthy and keeping people healthy. Regular exercise has a large part to play in the process.

"As far as the exercise, the only requirement is 30 minutes a day. Most people that work out on a regular basis work out longer than 30 minutes anyway. For those who don't exercise as much, 30 minutes is a very reasonable and achievable goal," said Milton.

She said Sailors may even opt to break up the 30-minute period into two 15-minute periods.

There will be no official weigh-in at the beginning of the challenge, but rather teams will record their own scores and report them toward their final score.

"I'm not going to monitor an official weigh-in. It's an 'on your honor' system with self reporting. There really is no incentive to cheat, because the real winning is the individual meeting or maintaining your weight goal," Milton said.

Personal health and team camaraderie are not the only reasons to take the crew challenge. Every participant receives a certificate of completion, and top scoring teams receive T-shirts from the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center, the event sponsor.

"We will provide additional recognition and small prizes to the teams on the ship," Milton said. "We are working with the Morale, Welfare and Recreation office about what we are able to provide as prizes. They are going to be determined by how many participants we have."

For more news from USS Harry S. Truman, visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn75/.

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