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Planet Fitness donates $1 million worth of fitness equipment to CPD for officer welfare

CINCINNATI (WXIX) – Planet Fitness is helping Cincinnati police officers and employees focus on their health and well-being by donating gently used equipment to several facilities.

Exercise equipment is often rotated to the national franchise, and older machines are donated to local businesses. On Monday, it was the Cincinnati Police Department that reaped the benefits.

“It’s like Christmas in June,” said CPD captain Aaron Jones. “We are very excited. We were hoping it would come to fruition, and it is today.

The police academy was one of the stops receiving the updated equipment on Monday.

“Our ownership group has a special place in its heart for police officers,” said Planet Fitness Vice President of Operations Joshua Gass. “So we decided we didn’t have a better outfit to give it to.”

Equipment includes treadmills, rowing machines, ellipticals and weight machines.

“Police is a very taxing career, it always has been, but I think over time it becomes more and more taxing for these officers,” said CPD Acting Chief Constable Teresa Theetge. “The welfare of officers has now become a priority for us.”

Physical well-being will not only help police officers stay fit for the demands of the job, but studies show that physical exercise often improves mental health at the same time.

“The Cincinnati Blue Line Foundation really does a lot in the officer wellness space,” said CPD Captain Steve Saunders. “So it aligns very well with the mission of the Cincinnati Blue Line Foundation.”

Not only will this gear help improve the health of the officer, but it will also help the bottom line. Theetge says the new equipment would have cost the department and other entities benefiting from the donation up to $1 million.

In addition to the police academy, equipment will be replaced at the Emergency Communications Center, Youth Services, Districts 3, 4 and 5 and several other police facilities.

“Extreme gratitude from me, the department, to the Planet Fitness organization who were able to make this possible for us,” Theetge said, “From the bottom of my heart, thank you.”

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