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Semper Fit earns Blue H Award

14 Aug 2013 | Pfc. Grace L. Waladkewics

The Cherry Point Semper Fit Health and Fitness staff received a 2012 Gold Star Level Navy Surgeon General’s Health Promotion and Wellness Award from the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center Aug. 1.

The Navy Surgeon General’s Health Promotion and Wellness Blue H Award is an annual award given to applicants based upon their adherence to set criteria. Topic areas that must be covered by applicants include alcohol and drug abuse prevention, injury prevention, nutrition, physical fitness, sexual health, psychological health, tobacco cessation and weight management.

“Every year a set of criteria is in place and is sent out to each installation participating,” said Kristen G. Theuerkauf, the training education outreach specialist for the Exceptional Family Member Program with the Semper Fit Department.  “Criteria for the award include campaigns, partnerships, surveys, observance of monthly and national topics and many others.”

The award winners are broken into three categories based on how well they performed in the topic areas covered. The three award category levels are Bronze Anchor, Silver Eagle and the Gold Star, said Annette Williams, the director of health and fitness with Marine Corps Community Services.

Theuerkauf said the Semper Fit team works together to make sure that the Blue H requirements are being fulfilled and observed throughout the year so they are in the best possible standing to achieve the Gold Star by the end of the year.

“Personally, winning this award is just proof that our team works together and can accomplish great things throughout the year,” said Williams.

 Of the nine Semper Fit Health and Fitness centers that applied for the award, eight of them received the Gold Star for 2012.

 “Winning the Blue H Award boosts the morale of the team as well as others because it is just one way to measure the success and all of the hard work that is done throughout the year to support our service members and families,” said Theuerkauf.

Each organization that participates receives a pennant, an annual streamer and an announcement via general administration message from the Navy Surgeon General.

This year marks the eighth consecutive year the Semper Fit Health and Fitness staff of Cherry Point earned the award.

Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point