Police officers work for long hours on their duty and at times skip lunch or eat roadside food on the go. This can take a toll on their health. Keeping this in mind, Dr Smita Kamble, a general physician and the head of Family Physician’s Association wanted to do something to give back to the police force that work hard and have always put civilians before themselves.
She came up with an initiative with the help of her colleagues, Dr B.B. Deshmukh and Dr Pradip Gawali who helped arrange a health seminar encouraging health eating habits.
Mayuri Sahastrabudhe, a dietitian and nutritionist who works with Harmony Health Hub provided health tips which can easily be followed at the event.
Speaking about this initiative Dr Kamble said, “People working in the police force tend to neglect their health due to the nature of their job. They do so much for us and I wanted to reach out to them and give back.”
She added, “We informed and advised them on how to manage their health and maintain a balanced diet. This will help benefit them in the long-run.”
Sahastrabudhe said “Police officers and constable are generally busy because of their daily work schedules and are not able to pay proper attention to their health. I gave them simple and effective tips which they can inculcate.”
She further said, “I gave them alternatives to junk food, they also have a habit of drinking tea too frequently, so I told them that it can be replaced by kokum sherbet or buttermilk. I reminded them about how daily exercise can be vital for good health.”
She concluded saying, “As they tend to eat late and do not have fixed mealtimes, they become prone to obesity, diabetes and other lifestyle disease. I hope these tips can be helpful to them and that they do follow them.”
Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Senior Inspector, Madhukar Kad, said, “The nutritionist informed us about the changes we can make to improve our health. These tips and health advice will benefit police officers. We don’t have fixed eating hours. That is why following these tips can be crucial to make change in our eating habits. All police personnel should try and follow these tips.”