Get into ShipShape: Online session begins in January

The health promotions team at Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River (NHCPR) will be facilitating an online once-a-week for eight weeks ShipShape program beginning Jan. 6 that is open to active-duty service members, beneficiaries, and government civilians.

ShipShape is the official Navy weight management program designed to equip participants with the skills and resources necessary to jumpstart a healthier lifestyle. While it is specifically meant to help active-duty service members meet the Navy’s body composition standards, it can also serve as an intervention for family members and retirees by providing tools to help them reach and maintain a healthy weight for life.

“It helps enhance nutrition, physical activity, and mindset,” explained Angela Brochu, public health educator at NHCPR. “Topics covered include basic nutrition, exercise, setting goals, strategies for weight loss, creating supportive environments, the psychology of weight loss, and stress management.”

Certified ShipShape facilitators — Hospitalman Jessica Bright and Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Ryan King — will demonstrate an exercise workout and conduct a healthy eating tour through the food aisles, respectively. They will be joined by other NHCPR staff and guest speakers who will discuss steps to success, portion control, behavior modification techniques, managing stress, relaxation, and dieting.

“I will be teaching weight loss tracking and trends,” Brochu said. “I’m a dietician by trade, so I’ll hone in on fad diets and why they’re unsustainable, and how just eating your basic fresh fruits and vegetables, cooking from home, and staying away from sugar, fat and salt is the best way to go. Everyone would love to lose 30 pounds in one week, but there really is no quick fix.”

Having been on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Navy recently announced a new physical fitness assessment cycle will begin in spring 2021.

“This ShipShape session will give people a chance to lose weight before that cycle begins,” Brochu noted. “And it also might tie in with some people’s New Year’s resolutions.”

To register for the Pax River ShipShape program, or for more information, email HM1 King at; HN Bright at; or Brochu at; or phone Health & Wellness at (301) 757-9469.