Sun | Dec 4, 2016

Flow flexes for Gleaner 5K

Published:Thursday | September 11, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Contributed Nigel Gordon, Flow's safety and security manager, leads the team in their weekly workout session.

It's 6:30 in the evening and the Flow staff are in the middle of a 'Warrior style' workout to prepare for their latest fitness endurance, The Gleaner's 'Fit for 180, Fit for Life' 5K road race.

The contingent of Flow staff will give strong support to the oldest, most reputable newspaper in the Western Hemisphere.

Affectionately called the 'Old Dame' of North Street, The Gleaner is slated to host more than 3,000 people who will participate in this Saturday's Gleaner 180 5K Run/Walk at the newpaper's head office on North Street in Kingston.

The 5K race is part of the company's 180 anniversary celebrations with proceeds going to the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) Physiotherapy Department and Peace and Love in Society.

"We are always ready to support our partners and we are proud of our employees, who are always ready to participate in activities which enable them to give back to the communities we serve," said Gail Abrahams, director of corporate communications for Flow.

"The team also understands the importance of participating in these events as part of their personal health-and-wellness efforts, as well as for building camaraderie with their co-workers. Health and wellness is a big part of the Columbus lifestyle and so when The Gleaner came knocking for us to participate, we couldn't say no," she ended.

Healthy, balanced lifestyle

The 5K road race takes place on Saturday and the Flow team will be among the participants who will converge at The Gleaner's head office early in the morning, before setting off on the race route which will take the runners and walkers up South Camp Road, on to Marescaux Road, past Heroes Circle, along East Street and back to 7 North Street.

On a visit to the Flow corporate office on any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evening, you will find a group of employees working out together in an effort to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle, which is part and parcel to the overall objectives of the telecoms company.

According to Vice-president of Organisational Development at Columbus Communications Jamaica Limited Makeba Bennett-Easy: "Wellness is an integral part of the company's strategic objective of being an employer of choice and is a critical element in heightening productivity.

"There is no disputing that a comprehensive corporate health-and-wellness programme can improve health outcomes, reduce employer and employee health-care costs, and significantly impact employee engagement."

She added: "Productivity improves as team members feel better about themselves personally, have more energy and are more productive in their roles."

Last year, the telecoms company initiated a huge wellness programme dubbed 'Flow Biggest Loser Challenge' which took on new life after 12 teams of employees lost a combined weight of more than 850 pounds.

Since that wellness thrust, there has been no looking back, and The Gleaner 5K is an opportunity to continue in the right direction for the broadband company.