On Friday, March 01, 2019, the Bureau of Customs & Border Protection (BCBP) invited their employees to take part in the Biggest Loser Weight Loss Program. Out of 40 employees, a total of 21 employees signed up and participated in the NCD Screening that took place in the morning. The employees checked their weight on the scale and were screened for BMI, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol and Glucose testing. The Biggest Loser program will run from March 1st to May 31st of 2019.
In order to ensure that our employees are able to lose weight and incorporate nutrition and proper exercise, Customs made a request to the Non-Communicable Disease Unit (NCD) and the Preventive Unit from the Ministry of Health to help oversee this program and provide a short presentation on “Healthy Eating and Active Living”. Ms. Faith Ngirchomlei and Mr. Sergio Ngiraingas, both Health Educators, provided a presentation to Customs on what types of foods to eat and educate our understanding on how to maintain a balanced meal. A balanced meal includes the three (3) basic food groups. These food groups are: Energy Food Groups (Taro, Tapioca, Brown Rice, Bread); Body Building Food Groups (Meat, Chicken, Egg, Dairy products) and Protective Food Groups (Vegetables, Fruits). Ngirchomlei also discussed the right portion of each food groups that we should eat every day and stressed how physical activities are important for our health.
According to Chief Mersai from Customs, the Non-Communicable Disease Unit will conduct monthly visits to supervise the progress of this program and whoever wins and loses the most weight and is able to retain a level of fitness based on the medical screening conducted by the NCD Unit will win the cash prize that includes the $20 entry fee that each employee paid when registering for a total of $420.
In addition to this program, there are several Customs Officers who are also taking part in the Law Enforcement Academy fitness program being conducted by the Bureau of Public Safety to help reduce weight loss as well.