By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (AW) LaTunya Howard, Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs
MILLINGTON, Tenn. -- Dietitians Navy-wide attended the 2011 Armed Forces Public Health Conference, March 18-25, in Hampton Roads, VA. The joint conference – hosted by the Army and Navy – focused on strategies to improve and preserve the health of the total force.
“Nutrition is often viewed as a secondary element of physical readiness,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Wallinger, nutrition officer, Navy Physical Readiness Program. “Our objective for the conference was to bring nutrition to the forefront as a key component of total fitness.”
The conference updated the various Armed Forces communities on current environmental, occupational and preventive health issues. Exhibits showcased the latest products, services and cutting-edge technology.
“The venue was another opportunity for the Navy’s nutrition working group to discuss strategies to improve our current program,” said Wallinger. “We hope to introduce our best practices in the form of a standardized plan to collaboratively change the nutrition landscape Navy-wide.”
The physical and mental demands placed on military personnel make fitness and good nutrition crucial. Physical fitness and nutrition are essential for optimum performance.
To learn more about the Navy's Physical Readiness Program, fitness and nutrition, visit the web page.