YSU PD explores all avenues for physical fitness

YSU Police work on and off the job to stay in shape. Matt Roth tells us how.

YSU Police Chief John Beshara prefers an exercise or “Swiss” ball instead of a chair because of the health benefits. Matt Roth/TheNewsOutlet.org

YSU Police Chief John Beshara prefers an exercise or “Swiss” ball instead of a chair because of the health benefits. Matt Roth/TheNewsOutlet.org

As they say, leaders lead by example, and YSU Police Chief John Beshara does just that when it comes to staying in shape. His work day begins at his desk, but Beshara doesn’t just sit on any ordinary chair. Instead he chooses something much more round … an exercise ball.

BESHARA: It strengthens your core. So Instead of just sitting in a chair you can kinda move around and to be honest with you it’s gotten so comfortable with me that I don’t ever sit in a chair anymore while I’m here working.

Another tip. Don’t have a trashcan in your office.

BESHARA: When I wanna throw something away I have to get up take it out in the hallway so it gets me up off my rear-end. And it’s just that little bit of walking, and a little bit getting up and a little bit of moving around.

Chief Beshara says he hopes his efforts impact his officers.

BESHARA: I would want the officers to do it as well, but that is up to them what do they say you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink right?

Sgt. Dennis Godoy a member of YSU police for 18 years says he is excited about the department’s bike program.

Sgt. Dennis Godoy of the Youngstown State University Police Department is a founder of the group’s bike program. Not only does it provide police visibility on campus, but it provides some physical activities for the officers. – Matt Roth/TheNewsOutlet.org

Sgt. Dennis Godoy of the Youngstown State University Police Department is a founder of the group’s bike program. Not only does it provide police visibility on campus, but it provides some physical activities for the officers. – Matt Roth/TheNewsOutlet.org

GODOY: When we are on the bike, we are obviously doing physical fitness.

As long as Ohio weather permits, students will see officers biking on campus.

GODOY: We deploy them during football games, during basketball games, during high school games – when ever we feel need.

Godoy says walking around campus also helps with establishing a police presence.

GODOY: And the chief likes us to get out of the cruiser and walk. It’s visibility –again, that intertwines with the physical fitness aspect.

Whether it’s walking or biking on campus or bouncing behind their desks, YSU police make sure that being in shape is one of their top priorities.

For TheNewsOutlet.org, I’m Matt Roth.

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