Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center Launches Injury and Violence Free Living Campaign during Summer Safety Month


Story Number: NNS130703-17Release Date: 7/3/2013 12:15:00 PM
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From Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center Public Affairs

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- The Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC) announced the launch of its Injury and Violence Free Living campaign July 3, as part of its ongoing Health Promotion and Wellness (HPW) program.

The campaign is part of a fleet-wide effort to provide Sailors, Marines, their families and health educators with access to tools, resources and strategies that promote and prevent injuries both on and off the job.

The timing of the announcement is aligned with Summer Safety Month and the Naval Safety Center's Summer Safety Campaign 2013, "Live to Play, Play to Live."

"Sailors and Marines are trained to stay safe on the job, but are not always aware of best safety practices at home," said Ms. Diana Strock, NMCPHC Active Living and Injury and Violence Free Living Program Manager. "The resources available through the Injury and Violence Free Living campaign educate Sailors, Marines and their families on ways to reduce the incidence and severity of injury, especially during summertime activities."

A key focus of NMCPHC's Summer Safety Month is preparing for and staying safe during a storm. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an average of 100,000 thunderstorms occur in the United States each year. Tips to increase your family's awareness and preparedness are available in the HPW section of NMCPHC's website.

With the warmer, longer days attracting children and families outdoors, sports safety is also a significant element of Summer Safety Month. From helmets to sunscreen, to proper stretching and hydration, NMCPHC provides an array of tips and resources to avoid common yet preventable sports injury and illness.

The Injury and Violence Free Living sub-campaign is part of the NMCPHC's HPW Campaign, which provides innovative and evidence-based health promotion and wellness programs and services that facilitate readiness and resilience, prevent illness and injury, hasten recovery and promote lifelong healthy behaviors and lifestyles.

HPW aligns with the 21st Century Sailor and Marine Initiative, a set of objectives and policies across a spectrum of wellness, that maximizes each Sailor's and Marine's personal readiness to hone the most effective combat force in the history of the Department of the Navy (DoN); as well as "Operation Live Well," a Defense Department campaign targeting service members, veterans and military operational leaders encouraging them to live healthy and active lifestyles.

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.

To access and download Injury and Violence Free Living materials visit: http://www.med.navy.mil/sites/nmcphc/health-promotion/injury-violence-free-living/Pages/injury-violence-free-living.aspx.

For more news from Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center, visit www.navy.mil/local/nmcphc/.

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