Eric W. Hewitt
Navy Lt. Eric W. Hewitt, son of Joyce E. and Thomas K. Hewitt of Brazil, Ind., is currently deployed. Hewitt along with fellow Sailors and Marines, assigned the amphibious transport dock USS New Orleans (LPD 18) started a "Crews into Shape" fitness program.
The 12th challenge, sponsored by the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC), is a four-week long event held at the beginning of every March in conjunction with National Nutrition Month.
The New Orleans' Crews into Shape team is made up of 10 Sailors. Points are awarded to each member who engages in at least 30 minutes of moderate activity, 20 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise or muscle-strengthening exercise that work all major muscle groups. Points are also awarded for group exercise activity with their team and teams who eat two cups of fruit and three cups of vegetables per day.
This year's challenge includes 730 DoD personnel broken into 130 teams. Once the challenge concludes, points are tallied up and put into an overall database where teams from across the DoD can see where they rank with one another. Crews into Shape has been organizing and emphasizing this team-based healthy lifestyle since 2001.
New Orleans and embarked Marines assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit are deployed as part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
Physical fitness is one of the main areas of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative, which consolidates a set of objectives and policies, new and existing, to maximize Sailor and Marine personal readiness, build resiliency and hone the most combat-effective force in the history of the Department of the Navy.
New Orleans and embarked Marines assigned to the 11th Marine MEU are deployed as part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
Hewitt is a 1998 graduate of Northview High School of Brazil, and joined the Navy in May 2006. He is a 2002 graduate of Indiana State University, Terre Haute, with a BS degree.
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