USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman's (CVN 75) "Crews into Shape" program is back, the 2009 challenge is ready to get underway.
"Crews into Shape" is a Department of Defense (DoD) wide program for Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, and civilians designed to use teamwork and camaraderie to help with weight loss and improving physical health.
"Sixty-one percent of active duty service members are at least 20 pounds overweight and that is why a program like this is needed to add that extra motivation to get out and exercise," said Lt. Chad Thoemke, Truman's
"Crews into Shape" program coordinator.
"Crews into Shape" begins the first week of March, in support of National Nutrition Month. The program is a four-week challenge to eat five servings of fruit, exercise 30 minutes a day and drink healthy fluids, explained Thoemke. "I signed up to help motivate myself and my shipmates to get in shape and promote a healthier lifestyle," said Chief Aviation Maintenance Administrationman (AW/SW) Joseph Souza, a participant in the program.
"I signed up early to encourage the rest of the crew to join and be a part of improving their personal health through friendly competition," he added.
Support and teamwork are the foundation of what makes this program work aboard Truman.
Last year Truman had the highest participation throughout DoD, with 248 crew members combining into 40 teams, losing a total of 446 pounds with a 6.8 percent weight loss average.
"It's going to be a fun experience participating in the program and my team is definitely going to win," exclaimed Souza.
Teams will be awarded points for participation and achieving weekly goals. The points will be totaled to award the top teams.
After four weeks of dedication and hard work, everyone will receive a certificate for participating; the winning teams will receive T-shirts and medals. "Truman did such an outstanding job last year with crew participation, staying motivated and reaching their goals," Thoemke said.
"I hope this year we can double the success we achieved last year."
For more information on "Crews into Shape," visit www.nmcphc.med.navy.mil/hp/crew_into_shape/imdex.htm.
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