Sep. 7, 2011
Naval Hospital Beaufort Hosts Health and Wellness Fair
Staff from the Naval Hospital Beaufort Health Promotion Department are hosting an annual health and wellness fair Sep. 15, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Not only will this event, which is open to all hospital beneficiaries, provide information and demonstrations on a variety of wellness topics, it is also a celebration of the naval hospital’s first anniversary of being a tobacco-free campus and will include a cake-cutting ceremony.
“As a medical treatment facility, it’s only fitting that we provide a wealth of information to assist our beneficiaries in leading a healthy lifestyle,” said Navy Capt. Joan Queen, commanding officer at Naval Hospital Beaufort. “The health and wellness fair is just one means of accomplishing that goal by showing our patients all the tools and resources that we offer to support them in achieving optimal health.”
The fair will take place on the hospital’s second floor, in the hallway near the Health Promotion Division’s office spaces and in the hospital’s fitness center. The health fair is designed to be interactive and will feature live fitness demonstrations that include dance aerobics and indoor cycling, so participants are encouraged to wear proper athletic attire and take part in the activities.
There will be several health screenings available including blood pressure checks, skin and breast cancer screenings, and blood glucose tests, which are free to all attendees. Cholesterol and HbA1c (a blood glucose test for diabetics) screenings will be available for a nominal fee. Attendees will also find a variety of informational booths on topics ranging from diabetes education, nutrition and weight management, breast cancer awareness, stress management, and, of course, tobacco cessation.
“Our hospital was one of the first in the Navy to go tobacco-free in 2010, in support of the Navy Surgeon General’s, Vice Adm. Robinson’s, policy of banning all tobacco use on naval hospital campuses,” said Cdr. Dixie Aune, director for public health at the hospital. “The use of tobacco products contradicts our mission to support wellness in a healthy work and patient care environment. We are committed to providing the necessary resources and support for those trying to quit using tobacco,” she added.
In addition to events such as the health fair, the naval hospital has expanded tobacco cessation classes to include a variety of target groups. The hospital now offers individual support, on-site group training, and traditional support groups. Individuals may use a combination of support groups alone, or in conjunction with pharmacotherapy treatment to help them quit smoking, according to Aune.
For those seeking to quit, they can stop by the health and wellness fair for more information, or visit their primary care provider who can individualize a treatment plan that is unique to that individual and their lifestyle. Military leadership is also encouraged to contact the Health Promotion Department at 228-5344 if they are interested in hosting an on-site group tobacco cessation program.
The health and wellness fair is being hosted by Naval Hospital Beaufort in partnership with several organizations including Marine Corps Community Services, Beaufort Memorial Hospital, American Cancer Society, Beaufort Jasper County Health Care Services, and Access Network.
Open since 1949, Naval Hospital Beaufort provides general medical, surgical, and emergency services to all active duty personnel, as well as retired military and family members residing in the Beaufort area, a total population of approximately 45,000 beneficiaries.