By Lance Cpl. Cory D. Polom , Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. -- Marine Corps Community Services Cherry Points Semper Fit Health Promotions and Fitness Facilities brought home its seventh gold star level, Navy Surgeon General's Blue "H" Award.
The Blue "H" Award has three levels, the gold star, which is the highest honor and takes the highest level of excellence to achieve, the silver eagle and the bronze anchor.
The award recipients must meet specific criteria pertaining to health promotions. Each level of the award has a specific list of things needed to receive the award. To get the gold star an applicant must meet 80 percent of the criteria.
Annette Williams, the health promotions director for MCCS Cherry Point Semper Fit, said winning the highest level of this award is proof of the hard work and dedication the Semper Fit staff has shown over the last year.
"Cherry Point is doing something right," said Williams. "With us winning this award for the seventh time, I feel it truly shows the passion and determination we at Semper Fit have to take care of our clients."
One way Semper Fit takes care of the Marines and Sailors aboard the air station is providing locations where the squadrons can conduct organized physical training regimes created by the Semper Fit staff.
"It challenges individuals on a personal level while promoting good health," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Corey A. Baker, a diver with aquatic survival training center. "Semper Fit winning this award tells me they are on their game and highly motivated. It shows they care about what they do and about helping the Marines, Sailors and families of the air station."
Semper Fit offers several classes and services to Cherry Point personnel to include: weight management, diabetes self-management, tobacco cessation, and personal trainers for one-on-one training. It also offers free health screening assessments to include body fat assessments; total cholesterol screening; and glucose screenings.
For more information about Semper Fit's Health Promotions, programs or classes, call Annette Williams at 466-6467 or visit their website at http://www.mccscherrypoint.com/semperfit.htm.