PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- The Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center recognized 443 Navy and Marine Corps organizations as recipients of the Navy Surgeon General's Health Promotion and Wellness Award - the Blue H, May 6.
The winners in 2015, announced in a GENADMIN from the Navy Surgeon General, May 6, include all 12 U.S. Navy aircraft carriers, 51 Navy flying squadrons, 68 surface ships/surface forces units, 77 Navy medical treatment facilities, 11 USMC Semper Fit Centers, 51 Marine Corps commands and 106 Navy Reserve Operational Support Centers.
Record-setting participation occurred from across the Department of the Navy for the ninth consecutive year.
Cmdr. Amy Drayton, NMCPHC director of Population Health said she was extremely pleased with continued trend in Blue-H participation.
"The number of organizations that have applied for the Blue H has increased every year since its inception in 2007, and this confirms the value placed on this workplace-level health promotion tool within the Navy and Marine Corps," said Drayton. "The leap from 342 organizations in 2014 to 443 in 2015 is especially encouraging and exciting."
The Blue H, managed by the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center, encourages and rewards the promotion primary prevention policies and activities in Department of the Navy and Marine Corps workplaces, communities and medical treatment facilities, which are critical to maintaining a fit and ready force.
Improving healthy lifestyles of Sailors and Marines also enhances individual quality of life and reduces long-term health care costs. Health topics covered by Blue H criteria include alcohol abuse prevention, injury and violence-free living, nutrition, physical activity, psychological health, sexual health, tobacco cessation and weight management.
All Navy and Marine Corps commands are eligible for the Blue H. The Blue H is organized into four distinct criteria sets. The Fleet and Marine Corps Command versions of the Blue H recognize excellence in workplace primary prevention policies, activities and outcomes.
The Medical version recognizes excellence in clinical primary prevention, community health promotion and medical staff health in Navy medical organizations.
The Semper Fit version recognizes excellence in community-level primary prevention activities conducted by USMC Semper Fit Centers.
Awards may be earned at three levels: Gold Star, Silver Eagle, and Bronze Anchor. Every organization that applied received at least the Bronze Anchor-level award.
"The Blue H criteria focus on primary prevention - keeping healthy people healthy," said Drayton. "The Blue H not only rewards workplace and community-level health promotion but, perhaps more importantly, guides participants to utilize the most effective interventions and tools -- thereby saving time and money and getting everyone pulling on the rope in the same direction."
A complete list of 2015 Blue H winners, the Navy Surgeon General's announcement, composite 2015 Blue H scoring summaries for every criterion, and the criteria for the 2016 Blue H Award may be viewed on the Blue H homepage at:
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