Ifugao PNP launches fitness program
LAGAWE, Ifugao – Personnel of the Ifugao Provincial Police Office (IPPO) and the municipal police stations launched last week the Philippine National Police fitness program for body mass index (BMI).
Dubbed “Mission: Slender Hope 2.0.” with the theme “Balik Tikas, Balik Alindog,” the project is a 12-month fitness program created by the PNP to ensure that its personnel achieve and maintain normal BMI to help them become physically and mentally fit. It is focused on shedding excess weight to ensure fitness and wellness.
BMI is a measure of body fat based on weight to height and is used to determine whether a person is in a healthy weight range for his height. It helps health professionals assess risk for chronic diseases.
IPPO Director Col. David Mariano said the BMI requirement is part of efforts to professionalize the organization and attain the respect of the people they serve.
“It is for the advantage of the organization and all personnel. Being BMI compliant is also a qualification in recruitment, schooling and promotion so I’m encouraging police personnel to take it seriously to have a successful career,” Mariano said.
During the launching, Corporal Marjorie Batton, a nurse by profession, conducted a wellness lecture to IPPO personnel. She stressed that BMI is more of an individual responsibility giving priority to health in order to live longer.
The fitness regimen will form part of the regular activities of the PNP in the province. – Marcelo B. Lihgawon