Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mike Pernick

BREMERTON, Washington – USS John C. Stennis’ Health Promotions Committee conducted a health fair for its Sailors on healthy eating, supplement safety, weight management and sexual health, May 4.

The fair was an opportunity to interact one-on-one with Sailors and ensure they are getting accurate healthy lifestyle information from health professionals.

“The health promotions program has initiatives for every quarter, and the topic of healthy eating is the focus for the first five or six months of the year,” said Lt. Joe Garrett, from Birmingham, Alabama, the ship’s physical therapist and health promotions coordinator who lead the event. “We inform Sailors how to take the right steps toward increasing their health and improving the things in life that they want to improve. We’re here to give them the right answers.”

Sailors had the opportunity to visit booths focused on different health subjects and ask knowledgeable representatives questions about their personal health goals.

“One thing I didn’t know was that whey proteins can have a lot of cholesterol,” said Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Robert Barbaree, from Athens, Georgia. “I was advised to stick with healthier proteins.”

Representatives from the Stennis medical department were also present to advise and educate Sailors on sexual health topics.

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Alex Rice, from Emporia, Kansas advised Sailors on the importance of talking to their partners, even in long-term relationships, about sexual health.

He also advised Sailors to be proactive, cautious and don’t be afraid to ask questions when they want to get serious with another person. Sailors can seek help onboard the ship for preventing and treating sexually transmitted infections.

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

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