Welcome aboard, Detroit Police Department!
If you’ve been keeping tabs on this year’s DMC 61 Day Health Challenge, you probably know that we just reached the halfway mark.
As of December first, I’m happy to say, the 2015 version of the annual DMC campaign to cut back on sugar and other unhealthy foods – while also exercising more and eating more fruit – is 50 percent of the way to its ultimate destination, New Year’s Day, 2016.
That’s exciting news, for sure.
But what you may not know yet about the ongoing Challenge is that we recently added a terrific new partner – the entire City of Detroit police force.
Some background, first: as you may recall, one of the most dynamic speakers at the huge “Kickoff Event” that launched this year’s DMC 61 Day Challenge (back on Oct. 30) was the hard-charging Detroit Police Chief, James Craig . . . who told a cheering audience at the Detroit Medical Center that he was determined to help the approximately 1,600 police officers under his command to become more physically fit.
As the chief enthusiastically pointed out, maintaining a high level of physical fitness is essential for police officers who want to serve the public well.
And the two keys to accomplishing that important goal are avoiding the fat-triggering “empty calories” that can be found in such dietary villains as soda pop, candy, snack cookies and fried foods . . . while also getting plenty of healthy exercise
Well, I’m happy to report to you that Chief Craig meant what he said about trying to assist his police officers with the important task of becoming more fit.
No sooner had he returned to downtown Detroit Police Headquarters, in fact, than he began organizing a massive new effort to help DPD officers and support staff alike start eating healthier foods and increasing the amount of exercise they get each day.
The chief’s new fitness plan is exciting to contemplate – and it’s now about to start bearing fruit.
As of next Tuesday (December 8), the DPD will be partnering with the DMC in a year-long program designed to improve the physical fitness of the hard-working police officers and staff who protect us each day.
To that end, the new DPD-DMC health partnership will launch a special “90 Day Fit Challenge” Kickoff Event on the afternoon of December 8 (from 2-6 p.m.) in the Michigan Room of the Detroit Police Headquarters at 1031 3rd Street.
During that event, DMC staff will screen hundreds of police officers and support staff for weight, cholesterol, diabetes, BMI, vision and other health risk factors.
And here’s some more good news: as the new partnership gears up during the next few weeks, DPD staff will form teams that will compete with each other all year long to see which precinct can become the healthiest.
Sounds quite promising and hopeful, don’t you think?
You can bet that I’ll be in attendance at Police HQ for the Kickoff . . . and that I’ll be eager to “spread the gospel” of this this year’s DMC 61 Day Health Challenge: “Less sugar, more steps, eat more fruit!”
For more information about the DPD “Fit Challenge” Kickoff Event (which will be open to news media reporters and photographers) contact Arielle Berlin at ABerlin@dmc.org.
And please watch this space next week . . . when I’ll be back to give you a full update on the DPD Fit Challenge Kickoff and what took place!