SAN FERNANDO CITY – The Department of Education Regional Office I (DepEd ROI) through the Human Resource Development Division (HRDD) conducted a three-day training on Lifestyle and Physical Wellness for Aling Juana and Mang Juan at the National Educators Academy of the Philippines Region I on May 19-21, 2021.

The training aims to keep older employees healthy and strong and optimize capabilities towards continuing effective and efficient work performance especially those with tendencies of decline physical work capacity on account of age.

Studies reveal that aging is most likely to affect job performance if job tasks require sensory perception, selective attention, working memory, information processing, rapid reaction, or physical strength.

Medical officer IV, Dr. Romarie Joy Castillo, discussed Coping Mechanisms Towards Challenges of Aging, Promoting Healthy Aging, and Managing Age-Related Diseases.

Other topics were Self-Transformation through Yoga, Plant-Based Diet, Fitness Tips and Self-Care.

Participants also took part in exercises such as Zumba and Ballroom Dancing.

Chief of the Policy, Planning, and Research Division Cecilia P. Rosido, commented that the activity was one of the best training she ever attended as it stressed preventive measures to reduce risks of appearing diseases and suggested tips to improve health and well-being.

Lifestyle and Physical Wellness for Aling Juana and Mang Juan is the second of the four series of Institutionalized Capacity and Revitalizing Engagement (iCARE) for Seniors Program of the HRDD.

iCARE is a roadmap for select employees of DepEd RO1 who are 50 years and up to stay active and healthy through well-designed training focused on financial, mental, emotional, and social well-being.

By: Vivien R. De Guzman, Human Resource Development Division