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.


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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.


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.


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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.


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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.


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.


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.


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!