Thane Police Get Tips on Eating Right

Thane Police Get Tips on Eating Right

The lifestyle of a police officer is hardly enviable. Police work, by its very nature, is extremely stressful and requires enormous amounts of restraint. Abnormal duty hours make it difficult for a policeman to stick to the right eating schedule. Often, their work requires them to hang about at isolated locations for extended periods, making it difficult to get hold of proper food. All this coupled with the stressful occupation in which the policeman is involved means that health is invariably neglected.

It is this very concern that prompted Suprakash Chakrvarty, the City Police Commissioner, to suggest to The Rotary Club of Thane to organise a workshop on healthy dietary habits for the police force. On Monday, June 23, 2003, about 100 police officers of the rank of PSI and above from the 25-odd police stations of Thane, attended the workshop conducted by Dietician Kinit Hazare. The workshop took place the office of the Commissioner of Police and the attendees included Police Commissioner himself and Additional Commissioner of Police Ashok Dhivre.

Hazare provided valuable nutritional insights to the police officers. She began by inquiring about their eating habits and pointed out the erroneous patterns that many seemed to follow. One factor that was common most policemen was that when faced with odd hours of duty at secluded locations, they all fed themselves with whatever junk food that they could lay their hands on. She emphasised the importance of avoiding junk food as they were nutritionally empty. Never mind the taste buds, the fact remains that junk food causes more harm than good.

Hazare urged the police officers to eat at least one fruit everyday, especially in the evenings. She also underlined the importance of breakfast as an essential part of their routine.

She advised the addressees not to consume non-vegetarian food at night as it takes longer to digest. Her clear preference was green vegetables. She strongly recommended a balanced diet comprising of all the kinds of nutrients, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins and so on.

A Q&A session followed the lecture by Hazare. Initially, there were no questions, perhaps because of the hesitancy factor. But not willing to let such an opportunity go by, our commissioner fired the first question. He jokingly said, "You are asking us to give up the good things in life? How will we live without them?" His question played the role of the ice-breaker and a barrage of questions then followed, each answered adeptly.

In this world of instant gratification and over indulgence we tend lose sight of the fact that "we are what we eat". When we eat the wrong foods, our bodies bear the brunt. Food is the fuel that keeps our engines running. And police officers ought to pay more attention to their eating habits. That’s because, although maintaining good health is important for everyone, it is even more so for those serving in the police force. They are expected to be alert, agile and stronger than the rest of us. After all they are the protectors of the society and they just cannot afford to take their own health lightly.

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