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“Doc” on top- Chris Tufton Wins week two in Get Moving Challenge

Published:Friday | April 28, 2017 | 9:30 AM

 Dr Chris Tufton who has taken the lead in combating non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Jamaica, has now taken the lead to win week two of the Jamaica Moves ‘Get Moving Challenge’. Dr Tufton amassed 104,000 steps last week (April 17-23).

The challenge uses 14 influencers to encourage Jamaicans to start taking steps towards a healthier lifestyle — using the power of friendly competition as motivation. For Dr Tufton, the friendly banter on social media and in the print media between the competitors including himself and Julian Robinson, is what drives the challenge.

Good healthy clean fun

 “It is good, healthy, clean fun. I enjoy going the extra lap to get my 10,000 steps each day and even surpass that 10,000 steps,” he said.

Dr Tufton emphasised that the goal for the Ministry of Health, is to stem the growing NCD problem in the country, and the Get Moving challenge is one step in that direction.


“I think it’s (Get Moving Challenge) all good and if it encourages one Jamaican to engage in physical activity for their own benefit, then I think it will be well worth it,” Tufton noted.

Excited about winning week two of the challenge, he’s encouraging the other competitors and other Jamaicans to recognise the benefits of being physically active.

“We are here to work with you by just encouraging you. You can start your own challenge in your personal space- your home or at the playing field. There’s no major equipment required. The most important thing is 30 minutes of physical activity per day- running, walking, jogging, hiking,” Tufton said.

What is Jamaica Moves

Jamaica Moves is a national physical activity and nutrition change agenda to educate individuals on the risk factors associated with Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs), in an effort to encourage them to lead healthier lives. The programme will also focus on building supportive environments to facilitate increased physical activity and proper nutrition. 

Other challengers:
Julian Robinson Member of Parliament for South East St Andrew
Delomar from the dance hall duo RDX
Shanice Allen, university student
Krystal Tomlinson, Digicel Foundation’s
Jermaine Edwards, Gospel artist
Leon Mitchell, Group Chief Marketing & Sales Officer at JN Bank
Nashauna Lalah, The Gleaner's Lifestyle Editor
Alando Terrelonge, St Catherine East Central
Marisa Dalrymple Philibert, Trelawny South
Natalie Neita, St Catherine North Central