Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Aime Lykins

BREMERTON, Washington – Sailors assigned to USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) attended a presentation about healthy food choices coordinated by the ship’s Health Promotions Committee and the Kitsap Public Health District, April 4.

Kitsap County Public Health District intern and former John C. Stennis logistics specialist, Cassandra Allen, presented the class in a berthing barge used to provide living and workspace as well as basic services during the ongoing maintenance period.

“I’m really able to identify with [John C. Stennis Sailors] since I worked in supply on the ship and also went through a [planned incremental availability] PIA,” said Allen. “I’m passionate about nutrition and know just what they are dealing with nutritionally, particularly the limitations, in situations like a deployment.”

The Sailors who participated in the course received information on topics such as sugar consumption, label reading and choosing the most nutrient dense foods when shopping on a budget.

The presentation was followed by a question and answer period centered around shipboard nutrition and how Sailors can make healthy choices when they are making
food choices in the galley rather than a grocery store.

“I’m really interested in nutrition,” said Aviation Support Eqipment Technician 2nd Class Tanner Bayles, from Warner Robins, Georgia. “I plan to actually get a degree in nutrition once I’m finished with the Navy, but while I’m in I think it is really important to have as many people as possible spreading awareness about nutrition on the ship.”

Allen and Bayles discussed helpful guidelines for John C. Stennis Sailors interested in their health, including eating from the shipboard salad bar first, opting for water over energy drinks and soda, and how to avoid snacking on costly processed items or convenience foods.

“Sailors do face some dietary obstacles, but the more of us here that are educated about nutrition and can spread the word, the stronger and more empowered we can be with our health,” said Bayles.

John C. Stennis is conducting a PIA at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, during which the ship is undergoing scheduled maintenance and upgrades.

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