Public Health Center Announces Revitalized ShipShape Program

Story Number: NNS150309-26Release Date: 3/9/2015 4:15:00 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 the revitalized ShipShape Program, March 9.

The ShipShape Program helps participants achieve healthy weight loss and maintain a healthy weight by facilitating changes in eating and exercise habits. The program aligns to the missions of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine Initiative and Navy Medicine to maintain a healthy, fit, and ready force.

"We spearheaded an intensive ShipShape Program improvement initiative to enhance curriculum content, facilitator training, and participant involvement which we feel increases the value and impact of the program," said Cmdr. Connie Scott, Health Promotion and Wellness (HPW) Department Head at NMCPHC. "We led an in-depth review to assess service member success rates after completing the program, surveyed current ShipShape Program facilitators on best practices and recommendations, reviewed ShipShape Program Participant evaluations, and conducted a contemporary literature review on management of overweight and obesity in our efforts to improve the program."

"Additionally, we would like to recognize our ShipShape Program facilitators who are essential in providing the needed program outreach assisting service members in meeting readiness requirements, and also providing a resource to improve the health of our beneficiaries and civilian staff," said Scott.

NMCPHC modernized the ShipShape Program curriculum and reporting forms, unveiled a new logo, adopted "Get Ready. Get Fit. Get Healthy" as its tagline, and redesigned the ShipShape Program website, which has garnered more than 6,000 unique visits since October 2014.

"Over the last two years, approximately 43 percent of active duty fitness enhancement program (FEP) participants that successfully completed the ShipShape Program have met Navy body composition assessment (BCA) standards within six months of completing the program," said Sally Vickers, ShipShape Program manager at NMCPHC. "Through the updated ShipShape Program, we look forward to helping more active duty and reserve service members, beneficiaries, and government civilians meet their weight management goals."

The updated ShipShape Program curriculum ensures that each of the program's eight sessions cover three essential components for weight management: mindset, nutrition, and physical activity. It also integrates engaging activities that promote both participant interaction and individual accomplishments.

Reporting form revisions include a consolidated attendance roster and reporting form, auto-population features for follow-up reporting, and other updated features that provide an easy-to-use tool for participant tracking.

"In addition to the overall redesign of the program, we also focused on increasing interaction between ShipShape Program facilitators and NMCPHC, as the program manager," said Vickers. "We established a forum via milSuite for facilitators to ask questions, share their experiences, and provide program feedback."

Since November 2014, NMCPHC has trained and/or recertified approximately 130 ShipShape Program facilitators from across the Navy.

The ShipShape Program is the official Navy weight management program that assists active duty and reserve military service members, beneficiaries, and government civilians with making healthy behavior changes to reach their weight management goals. The program is administered at local medical treatment facilities (MTFs) and clinics, shipboard commands, and other ashore facilities.

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Lt. Alyse Dason, left, from Knightdale, N.C., teaches a yoga class on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).
140720-N-CS564-131 ARABIAN GULF (July 20, 2014) Lt. Alyse Dason, left, from Knightdale, N.C., teaches a yoga class on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Margaret Keith/Released)
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