Office of Work-Life Programs -
Physical Fitness Program
STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING
here for FAQ on Physical Fitness Study
Need for Physical Fitness
To ensure a fit, ready for duty workforce, the Health
Promotion Program’s Physical Fitness component is intended to assist
personnel with assessing their current fitness status and design an
exercise program to enhance or maintain their current level of fitness.
The HP program can assist commands with developing a unit fitness
instruction to encourage participation in regular physical training
required by Commandant Policy. The Health Promotion Program also provides
oversight and subject matter expertise in the development of Coast Guard
wide fitness standards required to qualify for assignment to certain
Results of physical fitness tests remain confidential between a member,
the test administrators, unit command, and Health Promotion Manager (if
Services and Resources Available
- Exercise Program Design
Regional Health Promotion Managers can assist individuals with developing
a personalized exercise plan to meet their fitness goals. This includes
assisting active duty members with completing their annual basic fitness
Form 6049) required by
Coast Guard Weight and Body Fat Standards Program Manual.
- Personal Wellness Profile (PWP)
The PWP and corresponding physical fitness tests will assess the current
fitness level of the individual or unit and identify areas of physical
fitness requiring improvement. Results from the PWP can assist Regional
Health Promotion Managers with developing safe and effective workouts to
the fitness and operational readiness of the crew.
- Physical Fitness Help Programs,
sponsored by the office of Work-Life, Health Promotion Managers.
- Unit Fitness Instructions
As the frequency and intensity of CG missions continue to increase, the
need for organized unit fitness programs to prepare personnel for these
operations also increases. Regional Heath Promotion Managers can assist
commands with creating a unit fitness instruction which will enhance the
physical fitness of the crew and comply with the requirements regarding
physical fitness outlined in
COMDTINST M6200.1B Coast Guard Health Promotion Manual.
- Unit Health Promotion
Coordinator (UHPC) Training
Every CG unit must have a trained primary and alternate UHPC to carry out
the collateral duties associated with that role. UHPCs act as the unit’s
physical fitness expert and can assist the command with developing and
instruction a unit-wide PT program.
Policies Regarding Physical Fitness
As an important factor in mission readiness and an essential component of
total wellness, physical fitness should be strongly encouraged at all levels
of the command. The following items provide a brief outline for commands
regarding CG policy for engaging in physical activity. For more information
about policies regarding physical activity during the work day, see Chapter
Four of the Coast Guard Health Promotion Manual -
For Active Duty Members:
Allow a minimum of three hours per week during the work day to carry
out activities outlined in the member’s Personal Fitness Plan.
For Civilian Employees:
The policy for civilians is currently under review.
The following references provide details of the
Physical Fitness Program:
Related Web Sites
The following web sites provide information related to the
Physical Fitness Program:
- HealthierFeds -
http://www.healthierfeds.opm.gov. Provides information and
education to Federal employees and retirees about healthy living,
greater individual responsibility for personal health, and
- Healthy Living -
This CDC website offers a variety
of topics to attain a healthy life style.
- 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans -
http://www.health.gov/paguidelines/ this site provides
information and guidance on the types and amounts of physical
activity that provide substantial health benefits.
- The President’s Challenge -
http://www.presidentschallenge.org. The National President’s
Challenge is a nationwide call to action for a healthier America.
It’s fun and it’s free! All you have to do is be active five days a
week for six out of eight weeks, and log your activity.
- Shape Up America -
http://www.shapeup.org/. This site provides latest information
about safe weight management and physical fitness by Dr. C. Everett
- Stretching Handout
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