News: Tune up your personal life with MCCS
Story by Lance Cpl. James Smith
IWAKUNI, Japan - Marine Corps Community Services’ Health Promotions hosted “Tuesday Tune Up” at the Crossroads Mall here, Feb. 12, 2013.
Some items in everyday life require a tune up after a certain period of time. Cars and computers are two of these things, but what about a tune up on one’s personal life?
The Tuesday Tune Up offers information on health, ways to update ones social calendar and what events are happening on base.
“It’s a great way to get this information all in one place,” said Andrea Aguirre, MCCS Health Promotions assistant director. “You can come here once a month and get up to speed on what’s going on around the air station with all the different programs and services.”
The event occurs the second Tuesday of every month with each month pertaining to a different topic. For February, the topic is heart health. Next month's tune up is planned to focus on nutrition, since March is National Nutrition Month.
Along with the abundant supply of information, Robert M. Casey Medical and Dental Clinic offered free blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol screenings.
“When we get the results, we write them out and give them to the participants,” said Navy Lt. Jillian Schuch, Branch Health Clinic nurse educator. “Then we interpret their results, whether they’re high or low, and provide them suggestions on how to improve them.”
Schuch also said the Tuesday Tune Up helps medical staff see people who normally don’t go to the clinic and give them free screenings and information.
“The free blood and cholesterol screenings are great because civilians have to pay for that at the clinic,” said Aguirre. “It can get expensive if you’re trying to track from month to month.”
Many Marines, sailors and civilians eat at the Crossroads daily. It's free to stop at the Tuesday Tune Up and is a great way to know where one's health standards stand at. It can show if one is making healthy choices with their lives.
No matter how old someone is, knowing where one's health stands is important. By making the right choices now, it can get easier to make those same choices in the future.