Subari (standing left) and others watch as a soldier donates blood.
SIBU: The Army has special programmes in store to help soldiers maintain a good level of Body Mass Index (BMI), Ninth Infantry Brigade commander Brigadier General Datuk Subari Tomo said.
He said good BMI was important to ensure soldiers were always in good health and the programmes focused on physical exercises as well as dietary advice.
“We have programmes for those who have BMI above 26.9. However, for prevention purposes, we’ve also started a programme for our soldiers whose BMI level has reached 26.
“Part of the programme is exercising every morning, followed by gym work out in the evening and keeping a sound dietary habit,” he pointed out.
Subari was speaking to reporters after officiating at a blood donation drive held yesterday in conjunction with the 84th Army Day celebration at Mile 10 Rascom Camp. Subari said 220 soldiers were taking part in the programme and he was monitoring the progress of soldiers every week to ensure that it would yield result.
“We’ll give the programme a three-month trial,” he said, adding that the programme has been going on for a month already.
Subari said based on the Armed Forces rules and regulations, those with BMI exceeding 26.9 would not be considered for promotion, courses and so on.
Meanwhile, 300 soldiers from the Ninth Infantry Brigade and 31st Border Brigade participated in a blood donation drive yesterday.
Among those present at the blood donation drive were Sibu Hospital medical officer Dr Rachel Teng Li Cin and Ninth Brigade headquarters chief of staff Lieutenant Colonel Jauhari Talib.