BY SHIELA G. GELERA
The Metro Bacolod District Jail-Female Dormitory in Barangay Handumanan, Bacolod City, launched the Biggest Loser Challenge Jail Edition among persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) in the facility.
About 150 PDLs accepted the challenge which is a 3-month wellness program that uses proper nutrition to lose weight, Jail Officer 1 Maria Carmena Ingente of the MBDJ-FD said yesterday.
The challenge will also include gaining weight for PDLs who are underweight, Ingente said.
The participants’ height and weight, and Body Mass Index (BMI), were noted on July 14.
BMI is a measure of body fat, based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women, to determine if one is underweight, on normal weight, overweight, or obese.
Every Monday, the participating PDLs are weighed.
The challenge was launched Monday to kick off the jail facility’s observance of the Nutrition Month celebration, and will end in September.
MBDJ-FD believes the contest will motivate PDLs to stay fit and have fun in the process. It is hoped that not only will it impact on their physical health, it will also have a positive effect on their mental well-being, Ingente added.*