Updated Coast Guard Health Promotion Manual (HPM), COMDTINST M6200.1
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The updated Coast Guard HPM, will be posted online next week. Below is a
summary of the major changes included in the updated HPM:
- All active duty personnel, and reservists on active duty
continuously for 31 days or more, are now required to engage
in fitness activity, operations and workload permitting, as
outlined in their semiannual Personal Fitness Plan,
CG-6049, for a minimum of 180 minutes a week; see articles
4.B.1 through 4.B.2 of
COMDTINST M6200.1. This requirement
was previously a recommendation within the HPM.
- Commands are required to develop a Unit Fitness Plan;
see article 4.C.4.a.
- The definition of tobacco use has been expanded; see
- Commands are given discretion to designate appropriate
sites for the use of tobacco products (smoking and
smokeless) if they choose; see article 3.G.3.a(1). NOTE:
Current nicotine use policies and practices will remain in
effect for all Coast Guard civilian employees represented by
a union. Changes to current policies and practices may only
be made in accordance with statute and applicable negotiated
- New requirements for units with Food Service Specialist
to complete annual nutrition assessments; see article 5.F.8.
- Mandated requirements for military members on weight
probation are now contained in this Manual and have been
removed from the Coast Guard Weight and Body Fat Standards
Program Manual, COMDTINST M1020.8H; see chapter 5.F.7.
- Duties and responsibilities for regional Health
Promotion Managers have been clarified; see article 1.H.5.
- Key behaviors for responsible alcohol use are outlined;
see article 7.B.2.
- More detailed alcohol case management duties and
responsibilities for commanding officers, Command Drug and
Alcohol Representatives, and Substance Abuse Prevention
Specialists have been added; see article 7.E.
- There are now three types of medical referrals (self,
command, incident) for alcohol screening.
In addition, the updated HPM includes a provision allowing civilian
employees, operations and workload permitting with concurrence of each
employee’s supervisor, to participate in fitness activity during normal
working hours for no more than three hours per week; see article 4.C.e. By
Memorandum of Understanding with our labor unions, this provision will apply
to employees participating in a pilot study at Coast Guard Headquarters,
Base Kodiak, Air Station Cape Cod, and Seventh District CONUS units only
that will run through summer 2014. At the end of the pilot study the results
will be evaluated and a decision made on further implementation.
Rear Admiral D. A. Neptun
D. A. NEPTUN
Rear Admiral, USCG
Assistant Commandant for
Issue date: 12/24/13