Office of Work-Life Programs :
Weight Management Program
Who is Eligible for this Program?
The Weight Management Program is available to the following
members of Team Coast Guard:
- Active Duty members and their dependents
- Civilian Employees of the Coast Guard
For Coast Guard members exceeding
maximum allowable body fat, please visit the Body Fat Probation Resources
Purpose of Program
The Weight Management program is intended to assist members
that are interested in gaining, losing or maintaining weight through
education and intervention methods for successfully managing one’s own
weight in a safe, healthy manner. In turn, members can learn how to stay
in compliance with the Coast Guard weight standards.
Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is a continuous struggle for
many individuals. Numerous factors such as diet, exercise, stress and
genetics influence one’s ability to successfully maintain a healthy
weight. The Weight Management Program provides the support, resources and
education needed to help participants safely achieve a healthy weight and
adopt better nutrition as a part of a healthier lifestyle.
Discussions and names of members on the CG Weight Program are
confidential between the member, unit admin, unit command, and/or
The following definitions apply to the Weight Management Program:
- Maximum Allowable Weight (MAW): Weight at which a member of a
given sex, height, and frame size is referred for a percent body fat
determination. Ordinarily, the MAW is well above ideal or healthy weight
- Over-fat: Overweight member who also exceeds the percent body
fat allowed for the member’s sex and age.
- Overweight: Member exceeds the MAW, most commonly as a result
of muscle or excess fat.
- Recommended Healthy Weight (RHW): “Ideal” body weights for
Services and Resources Available
Effective, sustainable weight management requires a balance between
calories taken in and calories expended, a commitment to regular fitness
and effective stress management. Health promotion personnel can assist
members with a lifestyle plan that will free them from the diet roller
coaster with the following resources and services:
- Calorie King:
www.calorieking.com: A food awareness website that provides effective tools to take charge of
your eating and exercise habits, including a searchable database of
foods you eat and the nutrients they provide.
- Centers for Disease Control, Obesity and Overweight:
Human Performance Resource Center
(HPRC): information is available on a variety
of health subjects such as nutrition and exercise
- My Plate: wwwchooseMYPLATE.gov
My Plate offers personalized eating plans and interactive tools to help
you plan and assess your food choices and find balance between nutrition
and physical activity.
- SparkPeople.com is a FREE online service to help improve your
- Unit Food Service Specialist. Diet is a significant part of the
weight management equation. Many of the Coast Guard’s Food Service
Specialists (FSs) have special training in nutrition and healthy cooking
techniques. FS personnel are valuable resources for information and play a
major role in the availability of healthy food choices at their dining
Requesting Services or Resources
These services or resources can be obtained by contacting the Health Promotion Manager or EAP counselor on your
Regional Work-Life Staff. Work-Life Staffs are located at Integrated
Support Commands CG-wide and at the Headquarters Support Command.
The following references provide details of the Weight
Point of Contact
If you are unable to contact the Health Promotion Manager on your Regional Work-Life Staff, or need additional assistance beyond the information provided here, please contact the Headquarters Health Promotions Program Manager, Tim Merrell at (202) 475-5146, fax (202) 475-5907, or email at Timothy.M.Merrell@uscg.mil.