International Journal of Home Science
2016, VOL. 2 ISSUE 2, PART D
Lifestyle behaviours and the need for health promotion in police personnel
Author(s): Shajini Judith Diana J and Sheila John
Police work is a serious first responder occupation where physical fitness and mental well-being are essential for proper performance. This study brings to light the unhealthy lifestyle and highly stressful working environment of police personnel. The results of this study indicate that policemen lead a physically inactive life, have irregular diet, consume fast foods while on duty, do overtime and shift work, suffer from disrupted sleep patterns and stress and have high rates of smoking and alcohol consumption. The present study also suggests that policemen are at a high risk of developing non communicable diseases and the possible reasons are poor physical activity, distorted sleep cycle, faulty food habits and undue work pressure. Thus the study suggests that initiatives should be taken to promote good health in police personnel and reduce the risk of heart diseases. Preventive measures should be initiated to eliminate or arrest problems before they become issues of concern. Work site programs to enhance the health and fitness of police officers are generally lacking, but can be an effective means for reducing their health problems. Regular screening and health education programs need to be implemented. Lifestyle modification, smoking and alcohol control and stress alleviation should be an integral component of these health-related activities.
How to cite this article:
Shajini Judith Diana J, Sheila John. Lifestyle behaviours and the need for health promotion in police personnel. Int J Home Sci 2016;2(2):201-203.