Wellness Wednesday: “Social Fitness” for Total Fitness

In the conversation about health, wellness and performance, we often focus on managing our mental well-being, eating the right foods, and keeping on top of our workouts. It’s important to pay attention to your social fitness as well. In fact, the nature of your relationships with others—such as your partner, family, friends, co-workers, or fellow Coast Guard members—can impact other areas of your health for better or worse.


U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Kyle Hagan, 1st Combat Camera Squadron combat broadcaster, sleeps in during his down day at Exercise Scorpion Lens on United States Army Training Center Fort Jackson, S.C., Feb. 11, 2018. Exercise Scorpion Lens is an annual Ability to Survive and Operate training exercise mandated by Air Force Combat Camera job qualification standards. Held at the United States Army Training Center Fort Jackson, S.C., and the McCrady Training Center, Eastover, S.C. the exercise's purpose is to provide refresher training to combat camera personnel. Individuals are instructed in the areas of combat tactics, photography, videography, and on procedures inherent to support combat camera mission tasks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jordan Castelan)

Wellness Wednesday: Sleep and improving readiness

Sleep, or lack of it, can influence our health in many ways.  It is sometimes an overlooked factor when members consider improving their health.


Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Peter Lewis serves a crew member during lunch Wed., Dec. 21, 2016 in the galley at Station Point Allerton. Recently, Chief Lewis and Station Point Allerton won the Coast Guard's Forrest E. Rednour Award for Excellence in Dining. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Aux. Reid Oslin)

Wellness Wednesday: The “skinny” on popular diets

This time of year, the subject of dieting is very popular with the promise of quick weight loss, but it’s important to carefully choose your weight-loss strategy.


Lt. Sonha Gomez, Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Houma, La., exercises at the gym, Oct. 3, 2012. Gomez was featured in a southern Louisiana fitness magazine in September. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Tippets.

Wellness Wednesday: The right gym for you

The Department of Health and Human Services recently released the second edition of their physical activity guidelines for Americans. These guidelines recommend 150 minutes per week of aerobic activity and 30 minutes of strength training.


Plates of salad received the finishing garnishes before being presented Wednesday, May 2, 2018 during the 2018 Port Everglades Fleet Week Celebrity Chef event held aboard Coast Guard cutters and Navy ships. Local chefs from the Miami and Fort Lauderdale areas come aboard Coast Guard cutters and Navy ships as a show of their appreciation for the military members service. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Lally

Wellness Wednesday: Coast Guard nutritional help

Finding sound nutritional advice can, at times, be confusing, especially given the abundance of multimedia on nutrition that we are often bombarded with. Even what may seem as simple questions, may reveal several different answers from the internet or co-workers. To help with these and many more nutritional topics, the Coast Guard has posted a series of short, one to two minute videos on YouTube.


A suicide awareness ribbon is worn by a Coast Guard petty officer, Sept. 10, 2015. September is National Suicide Prevention Month. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Sarah Wilson)

Wellness Wednesday: National Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. The Coast Guard’s theme for this year is “Be there: your action could save a life.” Over 40,000 Americans die each year by suicide, and based on the Department of Defense Health Related Behaviors Study, three percent of Coast Guard members have thought about attempting suicide.


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 […]


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.


Wellness Wednesday: Weight loss

Once a month, Coast Guard All Hands will feature “Wellness Wednesday,” a series to help Coast Guard members take charge of their health and provide tips on healthy living. This month Tim Merrell, the Health Promotion Program Manager, covers weight loss tips in honor of weigh ins!