Promoting a Healthy Fleet

A conversation with registered dietitian LT Pam Gregory about Registered Dietitian Support to Operational Forces

LTJG PHILLIPS – Welcome to the Sailor to Sailor podcast. I’m LTJG Stuart Phillips, for the Chief of Naval Personnel.

Today we’ll be talking about Registered Dietitian Support to Operational Forces, an initiative that promotes Sailor health and wellness – in direct support of the Chief of Naval Personnel’s priority of promoting career readiness through Sailor 2025.

Sailor 2025 is the Navy’s program to improve and modernize personnel management and training systems to more effectively recruit, develop, manage, reward, and retain the force of tomorrow.

It is focused on empowering Sailors, updating policies, procedures, and operating systems, and providing the right training at the right time in the right way to ensure Sailors are ready for the Fleet.

Part of this effort is ensuring Sailors are aware of, and have access to, the resources that can help them adopt and maintain a healthier lifestyle – which brings us back to our topic for today’s podcast, the Registered Dietitian Support to Operational Forces initiative.

This brand new initiative allows commanding officers to request Navy registered dietitians to join their command team under TAD orders to educate Sailors on the extensive topic of nutrition. You know the old saying “Garbage in, garbage out”? Your diet can be a huge factor in your physical health and wellbeing.

To talk about this new initiative, we have LT Pam Gregory, the Navy Nutrition Program Manager from the office of Total Sailor Fitness, who is also a registered dietitian. She’s going to give us the scoop on how Navy dietitians can come to your command to share some knowledge on nutrition and healthy eating habits.

Thanks for joining us today.

LT GREGORY – Thank you. Thank you for having me on.

LTJG – Absolutely. So, can you tell us a little bit about this initiative?

LT – Yes, so this is an agreement between BUMED and OPNAV to allow subject matter experts on food and nutrition to come out to a command and provide either nutrition education or preventative nutrition education to Sailors right there in their workplaces. Several times, when I’ve been providing either one-on-one nutritional education or group classes, many of the people have said, “man, I wish so-and-so was here and able to hear this” and now, they can – right there in their command spaces.

LTJG – That’s great. So what is it that makes this initiative so important or unique? LT – Up until this point, for a Sailor to obtain nutrition education or preventative nutrition education, they had to take time off from work, go to the nearest MTF [medical treatment facility], or sometimes registered dietitians were occasionally asked to come out and provide information at health fairs, safety stand downs, outreaches, etc., with limited information being provided due to time constraints. With the release of the Navy Registered Dietitian Support to Operational Forces Memorandum of Agreement, it now allows commanding officers to request a dietitian to come out to […]

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