US Naval Hospital Guam Recieves Gold Star Level Health Promotion and Wellness Award

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Story Number: NNS140807-05Release Date: 8/7/2014 8:17:00 AM

By Jennifer M Zingalie, U.S. Naval Hospital Guam Public Affairs

AGANA HEIGHTS, Guam (NNS) -- U.S. Naval Hospital Guam held an awards ceremony Aug. 6 to recognize staff and departments that contributed to the achievement of the Gold Star level of the Navy Surgeon General's Health Promotion and Wellness Blue-H Award for 2013.

This is the fourth year the command has earned the Gold Star, the highest level which can be achieved.

Blue H encourages and rewards excellence in primary prevention policies and activities throughout the Department of the Navy, which are critical to maintaining a fit and ready force. Health topics assessed by Blue H criteria include responsible drinking, injury prevention, nutrition, physical activity, psychological health, sexual health, tobacco prevention and cessation and weight management.

"The most important aspect of receiving this award is that it represents the collective health promotion efforts of our command, from individual Sailors to family practice, mental health, physical exams as well as our command fitness leaders and Drug and Alcohol Program advisors," said Luis Martinez the director of the hospital's Health Promotions Program.

U.S. Naval Hospital Guam was one of 238 commands and USMC Semper Fit programs to receive an award. The Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center manages the award which is split into three distinct categories: Fleet, Medical, and Semper Fit. While the Fleet recognizes excellence in workplace prevention policies, activities and outcomes for non-medical Navy commands, Medical recognizes excellence in clinical prevention, community health promotion and medical staff health in Navy medical organizations. The Semper Fit category recognizes excellence in community-level prevention and activities conducted by USMC Semper Fit Centers.

"Receiving this award for the fourth time truly represents the high level of importance the hospital places on not just treating, but also preventing disease and injury," said Martinez.

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