Public Health Center launches new website for the Navy's ShipShape Program

by Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- The Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC) announced the launch of a revitalized website for the Navy's ShipShape Program, Dec. 2.

The ShipShape program is the official Navy weight management program that assists active-duty Sailors, Navy beneficiaries, and government civilians with making healthy behavior changes in order to lose weight.

The program consists of eight sessions that focus on three important components for weight management: mindset, nutrition and physical activity.

The ShipShape program is managed by NMCPHC and aligns to the missions of the Navy's 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative and Navy Medicine to maintain a healthy, fit and ready force.

"The new ShipShape program website provides improved site structure and an array of new content and features," said Sally Vickers, public health educator at NMCPHC. "The new site has already garnered more than 500 unique visits and has been met with an overwhelmingly positive response. It offers ShipShape facilitators, coordinators, participants, and command fitness leaders (CFLs) quick and easy access to essential information and resources in support of the ShipShape program."

The new site includes the following enhancements:

  • Improved structure and navigation: The new site boasts an improved layout and standardized navigation structure to enhance the quality and availability of information for the ShipShape program community.
  • New content: The revitalized site contains new and refreshed resources developed specifically to communicate with ShipShape program facilitators, coordinators, participants, and CFLs, such as frequently asked questions (FAQs), updated roster and reporting forms, quarterly newsletters, and a suite of products that align to each of the program's eight sessions.
  • Access to collaboration website: Beyond providing updated, organized information, the site promotes greater collaboration between ShipShape program facilitators and the program managers through the use of milSuite. Once certified, facilitators are encouraged to visit the site and establish a milSuite account, if they do not already have one. They are then invited to join the ShipShape Program Facilitators Group in which they will receive the latest information, program materials, and discussions.

"Through the ShipShape program, we help participants achieve healthy weight loss by facilitating changes in eating and exercise habits that enable them to reach and maintain a healthy weight throughout their careers and beyond," said Cmdr. Connie Scott, the Health Promotion and Wellness department head at NMCPHC. "Our goal is to provide a system that helps participants achieve both personal and professional success and empower them to make healthy choices and stay fit for life."

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