Mental health care is an important yearlong priority for the Military Health System. While we always encourage our beneficiaries to raise their awareness and take advantage of their mental health benefits, during May, TRICARE and the MHS are recognizing Mental Health Awareness Month.
With the weather warming up and Memorial Day weekend approaching, people will be spending more time outside and engaging in activities that can threaten life, limb and property. A major concern for Marines, sailors and their families is the possibility of drowning, particularly since nearly all Marine Corps and Navy installations are located along the water.
The U.S. Marines joined U.S. Congressman Rob Whitman and “NCIS” television star David McCallum in hosting the second-largest Marine Corps Historic Half Sunday with 7,777 total finishers completing the Historic Half marathon, Historic 10K and Semper Fred 5K events.
The Marine Corps Historic Half and the City of Fredericksburg will welcome thousands of participants and spectators to Marine Corps Historic Half Weekend hosted this weekend, May 16-17. Road closures will only be in effect on Sunday. Free shuttle services will be offered post event for runners of the Historic 10K and Semper Fred 5K and for spectators throughout Marine Corps Historic Half day.
Fast-becoming a rite of passage on Marine Corps Base Quantico each summer, runners wanting to get down and dirty and into the mud are quickly registering for Run Amuck, the Marine Corps Marathon’s answer to raucous, roaring, running fun. This year’s event June 13 is currently open for registration at www.marinemarathon.com.
As of April 23 the requirement to wear a reflective belt or vest at all times while running, walking or bicycling, has been amended: belts or vests are only required during the hours of 4 p.m. through 8 a.m. and during periods of reduced visibility (rain, fog, snow) aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico.
With temperatures in the low 70s and clear, sunny skies, May 2 was the perfect day for the Potomac River Festival, which was organized by the Quantico Yacht Club, town of Quantico and Marine Corps Base Quantico. The commodore of the club, Charles Hazard, said he hopes to make it an annual event.
As concerns persist over ever-rising obesity levels among American children, the Defense Department will bolster its Healthy Children programs to weave fitness, nutrition and tobacco-free living into military children’s curriculum, a Pentagon official told DOD News.