Crews Into Shape Challenge
Next Crews is 2-29 March 2014!
The Crews Into Shape challenge, held every March in conjunction with National Nutrition Month®, is sponsored annually by NMCPHC. The goals of the challenge are to spark and guide workplace-focused, team-oriented, physical activity and improved fruit and vegetable intake among the whole DoD family.
Who was Crewsin' in 2013?
Quick Start Checklist for Crew Leaders
- Print the Crew Leaders Guide and the Rules for Scoring .
- Recruit two-10 Crew Members and choose a Crew (team) name.
- Invite Crew Members to set weight goals. (No weigh-ins are required!)
- Discuss – but do not collect – Health and Fitness History Questionnaires and Contracts with each Crew Member.
- Register your Crew with NMCPHC by 3 March. To register, just email your Crew Worksheet with the top portion filled out.
- Optional: email a photo of your Crew for online posting.
- Encourage Crew Members to register at the USDA Choose-My-Plate SUPERTRACKER.
- Plan a weekly Crew Activity.
- Collect Crew Member Weekly Logs on a weekly basis for four weeks.
- Each week, enter Crew Member data into your Crew Leader's Worksheet .
- Ask the Crew to commit to participating in a local health-related event in April through June (after Crews Into Shape is over).
- Ask Crew Members to complete the online Crews Survey by 7 April.
- Email your completed Crew Worksheet to NMCPHC by 7 April.
- Download, save and print certificates for each of your Crew Members and celebrate their success!
- Capitalize on the momentum – turn your new exercise, eating and fluid intake habits into a new routine!
Quick Start Checklist for Crew Members:
- Join a Crew of up to 10 Crew Members.
- Print the Leaders Guide and the Rules for Scoring .
- Complete the Health and Fitness History Questionnaires and Contract ; discuss with your Crew Leader.
- Register at the USDA Choose-My-Plate SUPERTRACKER.
- Start exercising and eating your fruits and veggies!
- Participate in a Weekly Crew Activity.
- Keep track of your activities on your Crew Member Weekly Log .
- Give your Crew Member Weekly Log to your Crew Leader promptly at the end of each week.
- Agree to participate in a local health-related event in April (after the Crews is over).
- Complete the on-line Crews survey by 7 April.
- Get your certificate from your Crew Leader and celebrate your team's success!
- Capitalize on the momentum – make your new exercise, nutrition, and fluid intake habits lifelong ones!
After the Crews Into Shape – Keep on Crewsin', Suggested follow-up events:
About previous Crews
Guilde to participating in Crews Into Shape if you are wounded, ill or injured
Nutrition and physical activity are more important than ever if you are recovering from an injury or illness. Among other things, healthy eating and active living promote wound healing, increase your sense of well-being, decrease stress, lead to better sleep, strengthen muscles and bones, and decrease your chance of becoming depressed or improve your mood if you are already suffering from depression. NMCPHC encourages everyone from our DoD family to participate in the Crews Into Shape challenge. If you have an injury or illness that restricts your physical activity, we still want you to Crews with us!
- Complete the Health and Fitness History Questionnaire and discuss your plans to participate with your healthcare provider.
- Request that your provider give you recommendations regarding how much and what type of physical activity is safe for you.
- If your provider recommends that you exercise less than the recommendations set by the program, follow your provider’s advice and you will still get the full points for fitness.
- If your provider restricts the type of exercise you can do but not the amount, get creative and get moving! Here are some ideas for meeting the fitness criteria:
- Find a local pool (the YMCA/YWCA is a great place to look if your military installation does not have a pool). Do water walking or running, swim laps, take aquatic fitness classes, or play a water sport.
- Try gardening. Spring is coming, and anyone who has ever spent a day raking, weeding and mowing knows it is quite a workout!
- Talk to a fitness specialist at your gym. Most fitness centers have something for everybody, including hand bikes, elliptical machines, row machines, yoga classes, pilates
- Go canoeing or kayaking
- If you have a physical limitation but enjoy competitive or outdoor sports, look for adaptive sports programs in your area. Visit the Veterans Affairs adaptive sports pageto find a program near you
- If you have difficulty concentrating or maintaining your focus, consider using a structured program such as Navy Operational Fitness and Fueling System(NOFFS). NOFFS was designed to eliminate the guess work of fitness programming, and focuses on functional movement patterns and injury prevention principles while helping you get into shape!
For more information, contact (757) 953-3152.