Congressman Duncan Hunter, chairman of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, shakes hands with Capt. Timothy Espinoza, commander of Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team 91109 in San Diego March 11, 2015, during a unit visit. The congressman visited the MSST to learn about the unit’s missions, capabilities and roles they perform as a deployable specialized force. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Rob Simpson/released)

Wellness Wednesday: When meeting new people, keep it clean

When we are introduced to someone new or have not seen a friend in a long time, we generally greet him or her with a firm handshake. This may seem innocent enough until you start to think about what their hands, or your own hands, have been touching and the numerous germs on those objects. The best way to ensure we are not receiving other peoples’ germs or giving germs to others is to wash our hands.


EASTERN PACIFIC OCEAN – Seaman Kristine Kearny, a crewmember aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Sherman, instructs a yoga class on the gun deck on the cutter, Jan 21, 2017. Kearny is a woman of many talents of which she shares with her shipmates while on a counter narcotics mission in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Cutters like Sherman routinely conduct operations from South America to the Bering Sea conducting alien migrant interdiction operations, domestic fisheries protection, search and rescue, counter-narcotics and other Coast Guard missions at great distances from shore keeping threats far from the U.S. mainland. (FOR RELEASE U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Warrant Officer Allyson E.T. Conroy)

Wellness Wednesday: Core Fitness

Coast Guard All Hands is featuring the monthly “Wellness Wednesday” series to help Coast Guard members learn more about healthy living. Blog author Tim Merrell is the Coast Guard’s Health Promotion Program Manager, a prior health services technician, has a […]


Chief Petty Officer Erin Hunter, an independent-duty health services technician aboard Coast Guard Cutter Healy, has her portrait taken in the cutter's sick bay Aug. 19, 2015, while underway in support of the Geotraces mission. Geotraces is Healy's second science mission of the summer, and is an international effort to study the distribution of trace elements in the world's oceans. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cory J. Mendenhall)

TRICARE and You: Colorectal Cancer Awareness

This blog is the most recent in a series helping members of the Coast Guard family understand how to use their TRICARE benefits. Learn more about the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, and how you can prevent it.


Wellness Wednesday: Healthy Lifestyle – Return on Investment for the organization

We do preventive maintenance on our ships to ensure they are ready when called to action, but sometimes we fail to provide maintenance on our most valuable asset – our people. No one knows when the next natural disaster or emergency will happen which will test the resiliency of our members. We do know that providing an atmosphere of a healthy lifestyle will improve morale, improve the health of our members, and help prepare them to meet all challenges.


From the Homefront: CG SUPRT offers coaching to help you achieve wellness goals

Have you heard of health and wellness coaching? Did you know that CG SUPRT offers free health and wellness coaching for members and dependents? Well it does! I decided to give it a try to start the new year off in a positive way and to help me achieve my resolutions! Read the full post to learn more about CG SUPRT’s free health and wellness coaching, and to learn healthy tips from spouses that are wellness coaches. Bring on 2017!


Coast Guard Family Month: CG SUPRT for caregivers

With November being Coast Guard Family Month, many think about their spouses and children. But often, family also includes older family members that have become dependent on your care. Caring for an elderly relative can be a wonderful time for both of you to get closer, but it also can become demanding, stressful, unpredictable and exhausting, taking a toll on you and even causing difficulties at work. November is also National Family Caregivers Month and CG SUPRT would like to highlight the resources and services available to make caregiving easier and to support the caregivers in your family.


TRICARE and You – Dependents’ substance abuse treatment

TRICARE has recently implemented changes to its substance abuse policy for non active duty beneficiaries to make it easier and cheaper for you to access these services. Policies for uniformed service members are different than dependents. Service members may self refer for alcohol treatment and may not be assessed an alcohol incident if no other factors such law enforcement involvement, or driving under the influence are present. Read the full post to learn more.


CG SUPRT and work-life balance

Feeling a little off balance? CG SUPRT can assist you in making changes that help you feel more balanced and in control. Did you know that CG SUPRT offers Health and Wellness Coaching to guide you in developing new strategies to manage stress, balance your many obligations, and maintaining healthy habits. Or if you could use some emotional support for finding your balance, CG SUPRT offers Non-Medical Counseling. If financial stress is pushing you to work more or keeping you from enjoying time with your family, the CG SUPRT Personal Financial Wellness program can help you get your finances on track and prepare for your future. Or maybe you just have too many things on your plate and you feel like you could use a personal assistant. CG SUPRT Daily Living consultants can do some of the leg work for you such as locating adequate housing, jobs, education, elder care, child care, and more. Career Counselors through the CG SUPRT Spouse Education and Career Services are also available to support active duty spouses when they relocate or are ready to start a new career.


TRICARE and You – Autism Care Demonstration and applied behavior analysis therapy

TRICARE has introduced a new Autism Care Demonstration designed to provide applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy for dependents diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. A demonstration is a test or pilot program. The autism care demonstration will last until December 2018 when it will be evaluated for continuation. Read the full post to learn more.


Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and SafeTALK

Coast Guard chaplains join the Commandant in recognizing September as Suicide Awareness Month and ask every Coast Guardsmen to “Just Reach Out” to your shipmates in need. The chaplains have coordinated efforts to created a suicide-safer community by teaching Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and SafeTALK. Read the full post to learn more about these programs and to find out how to participate in an upcoming workshop.