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Shipshape Program Facilitators

Facilitating the Shipshape Program

The NMCPHC Health Promotion and Wellness (HPW) Department provides Shipshape Facilitator Training to prepare a facilitator to manage the standardized eight session program, (two online sessions and six in-person group sessions led by the facilitator). The program provides information, motivation, guidance, and support for service members, beneficiaries, and government civilians ready to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Facilitators adhere to program methodology and curriculum provided by NMCPHC. Either the facilitator or a locally designated point of contact (POC) is responsible for coordinating the administrative aspects of a local Shipshape Program, including collecting roster and reporting forms and submitting to NMCPHC in alignment with the reporting guidance.

Shipshape Program Facilitators are also responsible for marketing their local program to commands, supervisors, and the community to socialize the availability and requirements of the program. At least two Shipshape Programs are required to be held annually; however, four programs per year is recommended. Additional programs can be provided, based on the need in the served population.

Coordinating the Shipshape Program

While the NMCPHC manages the overall Shipshape Program, there are local POCs at medical treatment facilities (MTFs), shipboard commands, and other ashore facilities to administer the program. Depending on the location and size the Shipshape Program, the local POC may be a facilitator or the command may choose to designate another POC to coordinate administrative, logistical, and reporting aspects of the program. Designating another POC (may be referred to as a coordinator) is beneficial for larger locations who may have multiple facilitators instructing multiple Shipshape Programs every year.

The designated POC serves as the primary point of contact for the NMCPHC Shipshape Program Manager and a central contact for all facilitators at his or her establishment. This person is responsible for submitting data and reporting rosters to NMCPHC (refer to Resources section below). They are also required to complete Shipshape Facilitator Training and may also serve as Shipshape Program Facilitators.

Shipshape Program Facilitator Qualifications (for all facilitators trained after 1 Oct 2014)

Shipshape Program Facilitator applicants should serve as role models for healthy nutrition and physical activity and should be tobacco free. Facilitators can be clinical health care providers, health educators, health promotion coordinators, command fitness leaders, or individuals with knowledge of nutrition and physical activity. Specific qualifications are as follows:

Must have completed one of the following options:

  • CSS CSS-CS-0011-2.0 (Navy Nutrition Basics) on Navy Knowledge Online (NKO)
  • Mission Nutrition course, offered by Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Navy Fitness
  • A degree in nutrition


  • View Patient-Centered Prevention Counseling Overview (CAC required)
  • Applicants must:
    • Be tobacco free
    • Serve as role models for healthy nutrition and physical activity
  • Active duty applicants must be
    • Within Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) standards
      • Within body composition assessment (BCA) standards
      • Physical readiness test (PRT) score of "Satisfactory" or above
    • E-4 or above (or approved on a case-by-case basis by the NMCPHC Shipshape Program Manager)

Training Sessions

The Shipshape Facilitator Training course equips individuals with the knowledge and skills required to become a certified Shipshape Program Facilitator. Please visit the Shipshape Program Facilitator Training Web page for more information on the course, dates, and how to register to attend.


Stay Connected and Access Program Resources

If you are a Shipshape Program Facilitator, join our Shipshape Program Facilitator Group on milSuite for the latest information, program materials, and discussions! milSuite is a protected collaboration community and requires a CAC to create an account and access our resources, click here to register.

For guidance on creating a milSuite account, joining the Shipshape Program Facilitator group, and accessing program materials, click here.

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