BY Alan Ah Mu
APIA: FRIDAY 2 AUGUST 2013: Police officers today started a push to become big losers – of weight.
Despite training and physical tests held, obesity amongst some officers persisted, said Commissioner of Police, Lilomaiava Fou Taialo.
Management decided to make weight loss a competition, Lilomaiava said.
Under the Police Bluesky Biggest Loser competition launched today obese officers who lose the biggest pounds weekly win prizes over a three month period.
Members of sections within the Ministry of Police were urged by the Commissioner to support their representatives amongst the 55 in the competition, likewise relatives.
In launching the competition Associate Minister of Police, Tialavea Fea Seigafolava, said health was important for alert officers.
An officer ill with diabetes faces ridicule by the public as they work, Tialavea said.
Reverend Fa’afetai Fata who led the prayers at today’s event spoke of our bodies as temples of God.
True bigness is genetic but this shouldn’t be cause not to lose weight and to take proper care of our bodies through exercise, balanced meals, rest and it is said, “Cleanliness is next to Godliness,” Rev. Fata said.
The three competition rules are “Just do it, just do it, just do it,” he said.
“We are all subjects to the rules of this life,” he said, and to abuse our bodies result in illness.
Amongst the sponsors of the “losers” competition is telecommunications company, Bluesky Samoa, which today handed Police $5000 as funds for the event.