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PNP to introduce new fitness program amid COVID-19

PNP to introduce new fitness program amid COVID-19
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MANILA, Philippines — The national police on Monday unveiled a new fitness program to promote physical and wellness activities as part of the new normal without compromising public health and safety.

In a statement, Police Gen. Camilo Cascolan, outgoing PNP chief, said the health-centered scheme, dubbed PNP Fitness Interval Time or PNP-FIT, would involve a combination of various stretching exercises or basic movements.

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“This program solely aims to reduce the adverse quarantine effects brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, especially on our body,” he said.

Earlier in January, the PNP found that only 54% of police officers while almost half of the country’s police force were listed as overweight and obese.

This prompted then-PNP chief Archie Gamboa to initiate a campaign against overweight cops that strictly enforced body mass index standards within the agency.

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According to Cascolan, the new program consists of “1-minute modified physical exercises or 1MPE which will be performed daily at 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM, and another 4-minute modified physical exercises (4MPE) which will be performed every Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:30 PM at any designated area of each office or unit.”

These exercises will accelerate the body’s heart rate, jump-start the body’s metabolism, improve blood circulation, develop muscle strength, boost endurance, and increase balance and flexibility.

READ: Nearly 50% of Philippines cops overweight, obese – PNP

“This new health program is geared towards the promotion of normalization of physical activities of PNP personnel without compromising the health protocols being prescribed by the Inter-Agency Task Force under the new normal,” Cascolan added.


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