Sun | Oct 22, 2017

Three down ... three to go - Jamaica Moves Corporate Challenge encouraging employees to 'step it up'

Published:Wednesday | October 11, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Shemoy Arnold and Shadeen McNair representing LASCO.
From left: Tony-Dale Anderson, Christina Isaacs-Samuels, Leroy Richards and Andrei Roper representing Restaurants of Jamaica (ROJ).
From left: Jacqueline Innis, Swaion Smith, Ricardo Smith, Sheldon Daley, Charlene Cowan (front) and Noel Hylton representing National Baking Company.
The Victoria Mutual team.
Dr Christopher Tufton, minister of health, giving a quick pep talk before the start of the race. Beside him, Alfred 'Franno' Francis, managing director at Running Events Jamaica.
Participants in the Colour Me Happy Run.
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Launched in July, challengers in the Jamaica Moves Get Moving Corporate Challenge have completed three of the six races in the circuit, with over 600 employees competing to date. The challenge being done using the Running Events calendar encourages companies to enter up to six 5K races from September to December this year.

The companies in the circuit are Ministry of Health, Derrimon Trading, Island Grill, Sagicor, Restaurants of Jamaica (ROJ), Lasco, Wisynco, Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS), Stewart's Automotive Group, Jamaica National Group A and Group B, Advanced Integrated Systems (AIS), National Baking Company, Rainforest Seafoods, Paramount Trading, Jamaica Police Co-op Credit Union and National Health Fund (NHF).

Andrei Roper, brand manager for KFC Jamaica, explained that although Restaurants of Jamaica is a Quick Service Restaurants (QSR) provider, it was a really easy decision for the team to join the challenge.

"From a corporate, team building, togetherness and just a healthy lifestyle standpoint, it was important for us to show that we are committed to fostering and promoting a healthy lifestyle among all our team members," Roper stressed.

"The products that we promote are one thing, but to ensure that we support the message that a healthy lifestyle is of critical importance to all of us was an easy decision. It's a great way to bring our team together. It's a great way to show support to the Jamaica Moves initiative."

 

JN LEADS THE WAY

 

At the end of the challenge, companies and staff with the most points will be awarded. The awards include Company Spirit, Male and Female Champion. Organisation performance will be calculated based on the amount of points their members have accumulated. The organisation that has accumulated the most points will be declared the Jamaica Moves Get Moving Corporate Challenge Champion.

Jamaica National Group A currently leads the standing, followed by Jamaica National Group B, VMBS, Rainforest Seafoods and AIS rounding off the top five companies in the challenge.

The remaining races in the circuit includes the JN Foundation Heroes in Action 5K on October 15, CB UWI 5K on November 12, and Reggae Marathon on December 2.

Jamaica Moves is the country's coordinated national response to the increased incidences of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Through education, engagement and the building of supportive environments, the programme hopes to reduce NCDs by 25 per cent by the year 2025.