Naval Hospital Bremerton Wins 'Blue H' Award

Story Number: NNS120518-10Release Date: 5/18/2012 1:10:00 PM
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By Douglas H. Stutz, Naval Hospital Bremerton Public Affairs

BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB) formally received its 13th Navy Surgeon General's Health Promotion and Wellness Medical Command award, The Blue H for Command Excellence in Health Promotion, May 18.

"Never has a baker's dozen been so healthy," said Capt. Christopher Culp, NHB commanding officer.

Although this is the fourth time NHB has been recognized with the Surgeon General's award that is managed by Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center, the award program was originally handled by Navy Environmental Health Center.

"The Blue H for our entire command signifies that we meet the criteria of a comprehensive health promotion program, including programs that support our staff members and our beneficiaries both at the medical treatment facility and in the community where they work, live and play," said Janet Mano, NHB health promotion division head.

"This is great news. Janet does a superb job for us and has our line community involved as well. A big thank you and also well done to our branch clinics," said Terry D. Roberts, NHB director for Healthcare Business.

NHB's Branch Health Clinic Bangor and Branch Health Clinic Everett were Silver Eagle winners, and Operational Health Support Unit Bremerton Detachment E was also a Gold Star recipient. There were 243 commands overall recognized for their command excellence.

Mano notes that a key success for NHB has been aligning with the 21st Century Sailor and Marine Initiative - a set of objectives and policies, new and existing, across a spectrum of wellness that maximizes each Sailor's and Marine's personal readiness. Personal fitness is one of five specific areas of the initiative, which includes added emphasis on improving nutrition awareness and standards, promoting smoking cessation, advocating the deglamorization of alcohol, and advancing cardiovascular, strength, endurance and flexibility training.

"One aspect of everything that we do is to try and be proactive and not reactive. We want our staff, as well as patients and beneficiaries to know that the best way to deal with our personal health and wellness is to handle problems before they happen. One of the best ways we can do that is by sharing knowledge and information in the various classes we have available," said Mano.

The criterion for the medical treatment facility category recognizes excellence in clinical primary prevention services, community health promotion and medical staff health. Primary prevention policies and activities in Department of the Navy workspaces, communities and medical treatment facilities are also considered critical to maintaining a fit and ready force. Programs are also examined for helping to minimize behavioral risk by enhancing individual quality of life and reducing long-term health care costs.

"We thank the many members of the NHB staff who have a passion for prevention and healthy lifestyles, including leadership and home port teams as well as physical therapists, food service and dietitians and our tobacco cessation program manager. We have a strong network of community partners such as MWR Fitness, Chaplains and Pastoral Care, Fleet and Family Readiness Programs and the Navy Exchange and Commissary Managers," Mano said.

Some of NHB's Health Promotion programs include Health Risk Assessment; Injury Prevention; Nutrition; Physical Fitness; Sexual Health and Responsibility; Stress Management; Suicide Prevention; and Preventive Health Assessments; injury prevention; nutritional tips; physical fitness; sexual health; psychological health like stress management and suicide prevention; tobacco cessation; Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention; and weight management.

The Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center defines Health and Wellness as "ensuring healthy living through various sources and education by providing tools to assist individuals in gathering helpful information. The mission is to provide quality Health Promotion products and services with a vision of producing a healthy and fit force. Health promotion and wellness, along with healthy living, continues to address prevention, community health promotion and general wellness."

"NHB provides comprehensive support for maintaining and achieving optimal health and readiness. What's the most fun about the job is helping people optimize their health, no matter what their challenges. Just today a Department of Defense civilian told me that they had been at an "all hands" training five years ago where we tried some gentle stretching and strengthening exercises. She said she and her husband do those exercises every day," Mano said.

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