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Dial Easy: National Nutrition Month and a Healthy Navy
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Dial Easy: National Nutrition Month and a Healthy Navy

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March is National Nutrition Month. The nutrition education campaign is in alignment with and supports the Secretary of the Navy’s 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative.

The theme for 2016 is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right,” which encourages everyone to take time to enjoy food traditions and appreciate the pleasures, great flavors and social experiences food can add to our lives. How, when, why and where we eat are just as important as what we eat. Develop a mindful eating pattern that includes nutritious and flavorful foods, that is the best way to savor the flavor of eating right!

乐动体育The goal is to increase awareness and transform food environments Navy-wide to facilitate and maintain better food and beverage options. Better food choices will enhance physical performance and contribute to the Navy’s efforts to achieve and maintain a fit and ready force. NAS Lemoore’s Ops Side Galley and Main Side Spuds Restaurant offer healthy food choices every month and reinforce a culture where “the healthy choice is the easy choice.”

Recent analysis of waist circumference measurements in PRIMS (Physical Readiness Information Management System) identified a high proportion of Sailors at risk. According to National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute guidelines, males who have a waist circumference of 35-39 inches are at a moderate risk for heart disease and diabetes. Males who have waist circumferences of 40 inches or greater are at high risk for heart disease, diabetes and sudden death. Females who have a waist circumference of 32-35 inches are at a moderate risk for heart disease and diabetes, and those whose waist measurements exceed 36 inches are at high risk for heart disease, diabetes and sudden death.

While my occupation is not in the health field, I do know that in our warfighting profession, we must maintain our physical readiness standards and commit to fitness. We all need to look at what we eat in order to maintain an appropriate weight and have the energy to exercise. Even though we do not all have to pass a Physical Readiness Test (i.e. those not in uniform), we all need to take our health seriously and that starts with what we eat.

乐动体育During the month of March and throughout the year, Navy has numerous resources that support making healthy choices every day. Visit Navy Nutrition and Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center information for tips on incorporating the nutrients you need to stay fit from the neck down, as well as the neck up.

Additional resources are available through the Fitness Centers as well as the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center at and Navy Fitness at

Wishing you good health, Captain Monty Ashliman Commanding Officer, Naval Air Station Lemoore

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