At Sea - The Health Promotion Committee aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) sponsored a command health fair Oct. 3 as the ship conducted certification exercises off the coast of Southern California.
The health fair promoted a healthy lifestyle among the crew and increased awareness about health issues Sailors and Marines may face during the ship's upcoming deployment.
"We're the main medical department on this ship for Sailors and Marines, so we have to be strong for our upcoming deployment," said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Ulysses Dimapilis, lead coordinator for the event. "The best way to do that is through education and prevention."
Exhibits at the fair covered a variety of health-related issues, including oral hygiene, sexual health, healthy eating habits, depression, physical fitness and stress management.
Each exhibit featured informational pamphlets while hospital corpsmen offered valuable tips and free health products.
"We do a lot of surveys (throughout the year) and we look at what the trends are. We see what people are eating, what they're putting into their bodies and see what their fitness is," said Dimapilis. "Healthcare is for everyone and we try to cover every aspect of it. We're not just about sick call."
Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Christine DeJoie said she was impressed with the amount of information on display and planned to share some of it with her fellow Sailors.
"It's important to know how to keep healthy," she said. "Especially since they're showing us how to eat right, and how to keep your stress levels down. Those things are beneficial to us all."
USS New Orleans is assigned to Amphibious Squadron 5, and along with embarked Marines assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, are part of the Makin Island Amphibious Readiness Group.
Commissioned in 2007, USS New Orleans is the second of the San Antonio-class transport dock ships. Its warfighting capabilities include a state-of-the-art command and control suite, substantially increased vehicle lift capacity, a large flight deck, and advanced ship survivability features that enhance its ability to operate in the littoral environment.