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Faster Than a Speeding Donut! LAPD Gets Tough on Fat

Drop the donut and put your hands in the air!! That's what dietitian, Rana Parker, is telling officers in the LAPD. The police department hired her as their full time diet coach.

The Department is cracking down on overweight officers with the hope that it will make them better at their jobs and potentially save more lives. Fit officers can more easily sprint after criminals, feel better about themselves, and help improve the image of the force.

Instead of hitting up a drive-through, Parker suggests keeping energy bars, fruit, or a peanut butter sandwich in the cruiser. She works mostly with recruits, in hopes of in-multi-graining them with good eating habits.

Since police departments across the country are relaxing recruiting requirements, including body fat percentage, this policy might be necessary.

Do you think the LAPD's plan to make sure everyone in Los Angeles has a nutritionist is a good use of taxpayers' money? Could healthy officers slim down the state budgets, since taxpayers pay for their health care?


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harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
:ROTFL: Good one Dave. ;)
MindayH MindayH 9 years
I think cutting down on fat will reduce the overall dependence on health care as well. Good for LA.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Yeah HF, I like working out with my boots on too, if you know what I mean ;)
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
Having friends and relatives who are LAPD and LA County Sheriffs I think the city and citizens of LA should do everything to encourage the officers to stay physically fit and to eat healthy. The stress level of those particular officers is amazingly high and thin or fat the stroke out and have heart attacks at very high rates because they have no release for their anxiety and stress. Plus they usually eat poorly when on duty because it's quick. I think that the city should provide all the LAPD and Sheriffs with free gym memberships and nutritional services, heck provide them with nutritional Beneto box lunches so they don't have to go to Tommy's or In N Out for a bite to eat. If these officers could have their overall stress level reduced by having a healthy body then its much better for the citizens of LA County. Now my cousins who are LAFD are so much more healthy and so much less stressed than the ones who are officers. Since the FDs eat together and eat healthy meals and they have on site health equipment and the department encourages the FDs to exercise on their off time and stay physically fit. heck my cousin who;s a Chief in Hollywood got a bonus for the last few years because he doesn't smoke and he actually took up competitive all natural body building. The department recognized his commitment to staying physically fit with money. Who doesn't love that?
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
In WA when I was in going through the State Patrol training we were told we had to pass a physical fitness test every year, and it was a hard one. Why not just do that?
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
It's even more funny when they all come at you peddling their bikes. Pudgy or not.
kia kia 9 years
I know when Bernard Parks became police chief in L. A. he was on a crusade to get rid of overweight cops. He immediately threw a good number of the porky ones on bikes for bike patrols. The conversion was obvious and funny to watch thick cops on bikes all of a sudden.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
I'm sorry my comments are a little dirty today. :OOPS:
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
It applies cabaker. It applies. ;)
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
HF I could so make a dirty joke from that. But I wont! :halo:
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
Dang! I hate when I screw up the smileys! :oops:
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
Cab, no, I've never seen it. I've heard of it though. Actually I only heard of it maybe some months ago. :embarrassed: I'm not really up on what's going on with tv stuff. I don't get local channels. I've NEVER seen American Idol! Whoa, am I in the dark or what????! My friend who works at the hospital here told me about the gym program they have and what it's called. I think that's when I heard about the show.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
I prefer working out in that way. Bootcamp style I mean. There is something about that authoritative voice that makes me do more than I usually would!
KDwxgirl KDwxgirl 9 years
Liberty I just read what you said about recruitment shortages and it surprised me. I know its very difficult to become a Chicago police officer, there are way too many applicants for the number of spots. Are a lot of places having recruitment shortages?
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
HF I can't believe Ali won!! I was cheering on my couch! Finally a female biggest loser! Though i have to say, i think she looked way TOO skinny at the finale and I hope she puts on a few. i would KILL to work out with jillian just once, though I think she would make me cry!
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
I LOVE the biggest loser! Although I have to say the title is kind of insulting. I am so proud of them though. It's very motivating! :STEP:
tiff58 tiff58 9 years
The fitness tests make perfect sense to me- if it works for the military, it should work for the cops.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Harts have you ever watched the show The Biggest Loser?? Its such a great show, I love it because its one of like 2 reality shows not based on making an ass of yourself... Basically its a bunch of people who compete to see who can lose the most weight through diet and exercise... it always motivates me to go work out!
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
Cab the hospital here has a program called exactly that! "Who's the biggest loser?"
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
I think it's great when places do a gym incentive program. And yeah, anyone could use good nutrition advise.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Renee thats a good idea, have a like a Biggest Loser to start it off!
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
my city recently did something like this. They hired someone to help them learn how to make good choices and they all started working out and then had a big thing where they showed off their old uniformas compared to their new ones. I don't know why we assume that because they're police they know how to make good food choices. Most of america is overweight and doesn't make good food choices, so it makes sense to me that a few cops would be too. I think it's a good idea to implement the fitness stuff like talked about above, but diet is just as important and if they need help then why not?
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
thats right hands off ladies! he's mine! :drool:
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
When I lived in Santa Fe I applied for an EMT spot there. The paramedic said kinda condescendly that I'd have to pass a physical fitness test. Although, I don't think he had seen his shoes in years!
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
That's exactly right Cab! Muscle weighs more than fat. It only makes sense to measure body fat and not weight.
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