BCNHS embarks on anti-obesity program-A A +A
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
By Franklin H. Garlejo
TEACHERS and employees of Baguio City National High School might just be the city’s most physically fit government workers with their own adaptation of the Biggest Loser Program.
Aside from their weekly “Hataw” which is mostly dance aerobics in form, teachers and employees are enthusiastic about the new fitness program initiated by the MAPEH Department led by football coach Ariston Bocalan.
Emotions and themes of the program will include: Fitness, Health, Renewal, Diet, Teamwork, Strength, Life Changing, Uplifting, Re-affirming, Motivational, and Inspirational.
The said program is adopted from the reality hit TV show The Biggest Loser in the US. The first season of the program kicked off in July and will end in October; the second season will start November to December and final season will be in January to March. Just like the reality show, the program centers on overweight contestants attempting to lose the most weight and to fight for a cash prize.
One of the primary objectives of The Biggest Loser is to provide members with the skills to create a personalized exercise plan. According to Bocalan, “Exercise success doesn’t depend on finding the ‘perfect’ exercise routine, it depends on finding what works for you. What works for you depends on your current fitness, personal strengths and skills, limitations, schedule, preferences, goals and motivation.”
Each season of The Biggest Loser starts with a weigh-in to determine the contestants' starting weights, which serve as the baseline for determining the overall winner. The program coordinators are involving the school health personnel with Dr. Jocelyn De Jesus leading the team to personally monitor and give suggestions and recommendations to the contestants relative to the feasibility, safety and effectiveness of their workout. They are to see to it that each contestant’s diet and exercise regimen is tailored to his or her medical status and specific needs.
Experts from the school’s guidance office led by guidance counselor Karim Javar are also taking a hand in terms of the emotional and mental states of the participants.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 28, 2013.