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Jamaica Moves rewards corporate companies for doing workplace health right

Published:Wednesday | February 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM
First-place female challenger Geneadel Penglas representing Victoria Mutual Group poses with her winner’s frame.

When the idea to host a corporate challenge as part of the Jamaica Moves campaign was conceptualised and launched in June last year, the far-reaching impact and overall buy-in from corporate Jamaica was underestimated. Nearly two months after the end of the first corporate challenge circuit, the programme has forged further partnerships, built camaraderie and ultimately creating pioneers for the Jamaica Moves programme.

The top 10 companies and male and female challengers were on Monday recognised and rewarded for taking big steps towards reducing non-communicable diseases in Jamaica during a breakfast forum held at the Ministry of Health.

Addressing the forum, Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton commended the corporate companies for having bought into the idea, signed up, participated and demonstrated that it is a worthy cause.




"It is going to be a domino effect. It's going to eventually become a truly national movement. That's the objective, to change lifestyle, change habit, change culture, and it has to be a process over an extended period of time," Tufton said.

The friendly, performance-based competition targeted 16 private and public-sector companies. The challenge, which started in September last year, was done using the Running Events calendar and saw the companies entering a maximum of six 5K races, namely FLOW/PUMA Fortis 5K and Colour Me Happy in September, CUMI Come Run and JN Foundation Heroes in Action 5K in October, CB UWI 5K in November, and culminating along Negril's famed seven-mile white sand beach in December with the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K. The challenge saw in excess of 1,500 employees participating in these 5K races.




The Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS) walked away with bragging rights, followed by Rainforest Seafoods, Jamaica National Group A and B, and Advanced Integrated Systems.

Jamaica National Group received the award for Company Spirit. Male and Female Champion went to Kemar Leslie of Rainforest Seafoods and Geneadel Penglas of Victoria Mutual Group, respectively.

Among the prizes, the top five male and female challengers were awarded with Garmin watches provided through funds donated by the Universal Service Fund. Organisation perfor-mances were calculated based on the amount of points their members accumulated. The other companies in the circuit were National Baking Company, Jamaica Police Co-op Credit Union, Wisynco, Restaurants of Jamaica, Island Grill, Ministry of Health, National Health Fund, LASCO, Derrimon Trading, Sagicor, Paramount Trading, and Stewart's Automotive Group

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