The Secretary of the Navy has brought to light one of the many areas that the Health Promotion program works to educate everyone aboard any military installation on, tobacco cessation. During the spring the Secretary of the Navy pushed law makers to take a look at removing the sale of tobacco products aboard Marine and Navy installations. The House Armed Services Committee is working on passing a law that will prohibit the ban of any legal substance that is sold nationwide to include sugary drinks, tobacco and alcohol. Marijuana will not be included as it is illegal on federal installations.
Health Promotion doesn’t just focus on tobacco cessation; there are seven areas that are covered including nutrition and dietary supplement education, weight management, physical activity, injury prevention, chronic disease prevention and sexual health and responsibility. The Health Promotion Department here aboard MCAS Cherry Point focuses on all of these topics through classes, campaigns, surveys and one on one health assessments. Every aspect of Health Promotion is meant to reach not only the service members, but also family, friends, employees and retirees.
During the month of June we are focusing on Sun Safety and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Basal Cell Skin Cancer is one of the most common cancers. It is easily treatable and very preventable with some basic sun safety skills. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is being reported more now because people are starting to recognize the symptoms in themselves or their loved ones. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can happen to anyone who has had a traumatic event. Prevention is the key and knowing the signs of both skin cancer and PTSD will help the affected individual receive fast and affective care.
For more information contact the Health Promotion Department at 466-6467 or OMBCPOHealth@usmc-mccs.org.
Danielle Kyle, ATC, CSCS
Shane, L III. Lawmakers move to block Navy plan to restrict tobacco sales. Marine Corps Times. 7 May 2014.