January - Healthy Weight
American adults are facing weight issues at an alarming rate. Since 2007, nearly 70 percent of those ages 20 and older are considered overweight or obese.1 The military population is facing similar concerns about excessive body weight. According to the 2014 Fleet and Marine Corps Health Risk Assessment Annual Report, 64 percent of Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard service members who completed the assessment were classified as overweight or obese based on self-reported criteria.2 Extra pounds can decrease quality of life and increase health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and some types of cancer.3
The Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC) is committed to providing Sailors, Marines, beneficiaries, and DoD civilians with the tools they need to learn how to make healthier choices to achieve or maintain a healthy weight. In this toolbox, we provide a variety of resources and tools that will help positively change behaviors related to healthy eating, active living, and psychological and emotional well-being.