Glendale police employees have cut their collective body fat by 5% over the last five years under a program aimed at decreasing health care and injury costs.
Cholesterol levels also dropped from an average 207 in 2005 to 189 last year, when 259 employees were enrolled in the wellness program, officials reported. Triglyceride levels also improved from 132 in 2005 to 122 in 2010.
“If we save one or two lives by doing this, it’s really worth it,” Glendale Police Capt. Todd Stokes told the City Council last week.
The council allocated $116,850 from the state Asset Forfeiture Fund to renew a contract with Wellness Solutions, which provides health, fitness and nutrition activities for the police employees.
The funding will pay for a full-time fitness consultant and testing, including blood samples and a cardiac stress assessment.
Physical training, injury prevention tips and nutritional seminars are also included, Stokes said.
“We know that a lot of folks won’t do this on their own and it’s preventive given the nature of our work,” he said.