Implementing the Healthy Heart Program

Military Sealift Command’s Healthy Heart Program is a systematic approach to healthy eating aboard U.S. Navy ships crewed by civil service mariners. The program stems from the 50 strategic initiatives for employee well-being introduced in 2010, which included providing CIVMARs with food choices that allow them to eat healthier aboard ship. The following blog is written by Roberta Jio, MSC’s Foodservice Community Manager:

Preparing lunch aboard USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4)

Preparing lunch aboard USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4)

Great news! Approval’s been given to implement the Healthy Heart Program across all civil service mariner-crewed ships.

A two-person team – including me – developed the program and menus, which were tested last year aboard USNS Supply (T-AOE 6) and USS Ponce (AFSB(I) 15).

My food service team will begin contacting ships to schedule training, which will occur right aboard your ships. The Healthy Heart Deployment Team consists of an executive chef and dietician. Training includes a hands-on course for shipboard cooks who will prepare the new recipes, and a nutrition course for crew members on how food choices relate to health, and how the heart-healthy menu plays a role. The number of training days depends on a ship’s size and number of crew members, so fleet ocean tugs will receive four full days, while our larger ships will receive 10 days.

My team plans to implement the program aboard ships located on the East Coast first, followed by ships located on the West Coast, and then on ships in U.S. 7th Fleet, U.S. 5th Fleet and U.S. 6th Fleet.


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