DA-PCC kicks off employee wellness program

Employees of the DA-Philippine Carabao Center (DA-PCC) buckle down to stay fit and healthy by actively participating in the agency’s Virtual Walkathon Challenge and Jump for Health physical fitness activities.

The DA-PCC, through its Management Systems Audit Office (MSAO) and Physical Health and Mental Wellness Program Committees, organized such activities to create a healthier workforce, increase productivity, and decrease employees’ risk of developing chronic diseases.

The Virtual Walkathon Challenge, which started on June 1, gives the participants 90 days to complete the 50km challenge using a pedometer or step counter app. Prizes will be awarded to those who finish first and walk the longest. “Suportahan po natin ang ating programa para sa kalusugan ng bawa’t isa. Health is wealth,” encouraged DA-PCC OIC Executive Director Dr. Ronnie Domingo, who also took part in the activity by uploading a screenshot of his walk to the Balik Sigla Program Facebook group of the agency.

The Jump for Health, which started its first session today, is an exercise that uses a jump rope to help lose weight and improve one’s cardiorespiratory fitness. Participating PCCeans’ body weight, height, and waist circumference measurements were taken and recorded prior to the program to determine improvements after six months. This activity is scheduled every Thursday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Apart from the physical health fitness program, the committee also offers mental health wellness activities every Tuesday from 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

“The overall program created an opportunity for us to realize that focusing on our health, along with our work, is actually possible. We can really do both things,” Nomilyn Gonzales, one of the PCCeans, asserted.