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RMKS/1.  THIS NAVADMIN ANNOUNCES MARCH AS NAVY NUTRITION MONTH.  THIS NATIONAL 
NUTRITION INITIATIVE IS IN ALIGNMENT WITH AND SUPPORTS THE SECRETARY OF THE 
NAVY'S 21ST CENTURY SAILOR AND MARINE INITIATIVE.
THE GOAL IS TO INCREASE AWARENESS AND TRANSFORM FOOD ENVIRONMENTS NAVY-WIDE TO 
FACILITATE AND MAINTAIN BETTER FOOD AND BEVERAGE OPTIONS.
BETTER FOOD CHOICES WILL ENHANCE PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE AND CONTRIBUTE TO THE 
NAVY'S EFFORTS TO ACHIEVE A FIT AND READY FORCE.

2.  NAVY NUTRITION MONTH EVENTS.  ALL NAVY COMMANDS WORLDWIDE ARE ENCOURAGED 
TO USE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO INCREASE AWARENESS OF FOOD LITERACY AND NAVY 
NUTRITION PROGRAMS AND REINFORCE A UNIT CULTURE WHERE "THE HEALTHY CHOICE IS 
THE EASY CHOICE."  RECOMMENDED EVENTS
INCLUDE:  INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS, CONTESTS, COMPETITIONS, PUBLIC SERVICE 
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND TRAINING EVENTS.   DOWNLOADABLE NUTRITION MONTH MATERIALS 
(INCLUDING PLAN OF THE DAY NOTES, ACTIVITY IDEAS, NATIONAL CAMPAIGN POSTERS 
AND BROCHURES) AND TOOLS (E.G., MILITARY NUTRITION ENVIRONMENT ASSESSMENT TOOL 
(M-NEAT), GALLEY SELF-ASSESSMENT) ARE AVAILABLE AT
HTTP://WWW.PUBLIC.NAVY.MIL/BUPERS-NPC/SUPPORT/NAVYNUTRITION.

3.  RECENT ANALYSIS OF WAIST CIRCUMFERENCE MEASUREMENTS IN PRIMS IDENTIFIED A 
HIGH PROPORTION OF SAILORS AT RISK.  ACCORDING TO NATIONAL HEART, LUNG AND 
BLOOD INSTITUTE GUIDELINES, MALES WHO HAVE A WAIST CIRCUMFERENCE OF 35-39 
INCHES ARE AT A MODERATE RISK FOR HEART DISEASE AND DIABETES.  MALES WHO HAVE 
WAIST CIRCUMFERENCES OF 40 INCHES OR GREATER, ARE AT HIGH RISK FOR HEART 
DISEASE, DIABETES, AND SUDDEN DEATH.  FEMALES WHO HAVE A WAIST CIRCUMFERENCE 
OF 32-35 INCHES ARE AT A MODERATE RISK FOR HEART DISEASE AND DIABETES AND 
THOSE WHOSE WAIST MEASUREMENTS EXCEED 36 INCHES ARE AT HIGH RISK FOR HEART 
DISEASE, DIABETES AND SUDDEN DEATH.

4.  ADDITIONAL RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE NAVY AND MARINE CORPS 
PUBLIC HEALTH CENTER AT HTTP://WWW.MED.NAVY.MIL/SITES/NMCPHC/HEALTH-PROMOTION 
AND NAVY FITNESS AT WWW.NAVYFITNESS.ORG.

5.  POINT OF CONTACT IS LCDR JENNIFER WALLINGER, OPNAV N135F, AT
(901) 874-6881/DSN 882 OR VIA E-MAIL AT JENNIFER.WALLINGER(AT)NAVY.MIL.

6.  RELEASED BY VICE ADMIRAL S. R. VAN BUSKIRK, N1.//

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