PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- The Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC) announced the posting of the 2012 Blue-H Navy Surgeon General's (SG) Health Promotion and Wellness Award winners on its website June 14.
Winners were officially recognized in a message last month by the Navy SG for their outstanding contributions in health, wellness and fitness activities and policies in Navy workplaces and U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) SEMPER FIT Centers. Exactly 271 organizations were recognized in 2012, up 10.6 percent from 2011, indicating an increase in the Navy awareness of the Blue H Award.
Managed by the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC), the annual award is intended to encourage and reward the promotion of health and wellness topics. Topics include alcohol abuse prevention, injury prevention, nutrition, physical activity, psychological health, sexual health, tobacco cessation and weight management. The award incorporates workplace-level information about the crew's health from the Fleet and Marine Corps Health Risk Assessment.
"We are proud to recognize these Navy workplaces and Marine Corps SEMPER FIT Centers for their commitment to healthy living," said CDR Connie Scott, Health Promotion and Wellness Department Head, NMCPHC. "This demonstrates the commitment of many commands to force health and readiness and sets the standard for other organizations."
Award recipients are recognized in three different Navy and Marine Corps environments - Fleet, Medical and Semper Fit Centers.
Fleet - This version is for all Navy commands other than military treatment facilities (MTF) and recognizes excellence in workplace primary prevention policies, activities and outcomes; such as the health status of the crew or staff, and conduct of evidence-based and best practice activities.
Medical - This version is for active duty MTFs and recognizes excellence in clinical primary prevention, community health promotion and medical staff health.
Semper Fit Health Promotion Program - This version recognizes excellence in community-level primary prevention activities for Marines, including alcohol abuse prevention, injury prevention, nutrition, physical activity, psychological health, sexual health and tobacco cessation, conducted by USMC Semper Fit Centers.
The award is presented at three levels - Bronze Anchor, Silver Eagle and Gold Star. Every organization that applies receives at least the Bronze Anchor. A command earns the Silver Eagle by scoring at least of 50 percent of available points in every judged category. In addition to achieving at least 50 percent in every category, commands that achieve at least 80 percent of the total available points earn the Gold Star. All of the winning commands received a Blue H pennant and an annual streamer representing their level of achievement.
A detailed report including the awarded organizations, average scores and a summary of customer feedback is available in the Blue H - Navy Surgeon General's Health Promotion and Wellness Award: Results for CY2012.
NMCPHC is part of the Navy Medicine team, a global health care network of 63,000 Navy medical personnel around the world who provide high-quality health care to more than one million eligible beneficiaries. Navy Medicine personnel deploy with Sailors and Marines worldwide, providing critical mission support aboard ship, in the air, under the sea and on the battlefield.
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