Safe and effective weight loss

Coast Guard recruits from Lima Company 189 in basic training go for a morning run aboard Training Center Cape May, N.J., April 2, 2014. Training Center Cape May is the birthplace of the Coast Guard enlisted corps and forges more than 80 percent of the nation’s Coast Guardsmen. (Coast Guard photo by Chief Warrant Officer Donnie Brzuska)

Coast Guard recruits from Lima Company 189 in basic training go for a morning run aboard Training Center Cape May, N.J., April 2, 2014. Training Center Cape May is the birthplace of the Coast Guard enlisted corps and forges more than 80 percent of the nation’s Coast Guardsmen. (Coast Guard photo by Chief Warrant Officer Donnie Brzuska)

From Rear Adm. Erica G. Schwartz, director of Health, Safety, & Work-Life (HSWL)

With the month of April fast approaching, many of us are likely becoming preoccupied with the semi-annual weigh-in requirement.

Feedback from the field suggests that many members go to extremes to “make weight”.  Excessive practices include fad diets, extreme workouts, and the use of quick weight loss products. These can be dangerous endeavors, and will likely not result in permanent weight loss.  For safe and effective weight management year-round, I recommend that you review the following Coast Guard (CG) approved web-sites:

Rescue Swimmer students at the Coast Guard Aviation Technical Training Center in Elizabeth City, N.C., go through rigorous physical training, Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Coast Guardsmen take this training in order to be in peak physical condition when performing the rescue swimmer mission. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Michael McCleary)

Rescue Swimmer students at the Coast Guard Aviation Technical Training Center in Elizabeth City, N.C., go through rigorous physical training, Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Coast Guardsmen take this training in order to be in peak physical condition when performing the rescue swimmer mission. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Michael McCleary)

  • Operation Supplement Safety (OPSS): This site provides scientific evidence-based research on numerous dietary supplements (DS).  DS may contain ingredients which pose a health risk, may be prohibited for CG members, or may cause harmful side effects when used with prescribed or over-the-counter medications. You can “Ask the Expert” to get the facts on supplements including efficacy, prohibited ingredients, and potential for harm.
  • Human Performance Resource Center (HPRC) is sponsored by the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.  This site offers numerous topics from nutrition to exercise designed to assist service members and their families on how to sustain a healthy lifestyle.

 

Maintaining a healthy weight is part of choosing a healthy lifestyle which includes the proper amount of sleep, nutrition and exercise.

For questions concerning this ALCOAST, contact Mr. Tim Merrell, Health Promotion Program Manager at (202) 475-5146 or Timothy.M.Merrell@uscg.mil.

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