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16 companies in for Jamaica Moves Get Moving Corporate Challenge

Published:Friday | September 15, 2017 | 12:00 AM
The National Baking Company team from left: Jacqueline Innis, Swaion Smith, Ricardo Smith, Sheldon Daley, Neol Hylton, and Charlene Cowan (in front).
Shemoy Arnold and Shadeen McNair after Sunday's race.
Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton gives a thumbs-up before the start of Sunday’s race.
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Sixteen private and public-sector companies have registered for the Jamaica Moves Get Moving Corporate Challenge. The challenge uses the Running Events calendar and encourages companies to enter up to six 5K races over a four-month period running from September to December 2017.

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

Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton said that he is very encouraged by the number of companies that have signed up for the corporate Challenge.

"It's a very positive thing. It shows that companies are concerned about the health of their employees. They have made the connection between their profits and their corporate social responsibility, and that really is what the Jamaica Moves concept is all about - that's what we are trying to push," Tufton explained.

 

IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY

 

Studies have shown that individuals who lead healthier lifestyles are more productive in the workplace. There's also improved productivity, fewer days absent, fewer insurance and compensation claims, reduction in staff turnover, and improved staff morale.

Tufton notes that the Ministry of Health, through the Jamaica Moves programme, wants to use the Get Moving Corporate Challenge to not only benefit the companies who have signed up for the challenge, but to project to the wider population that this is an important part of their well-being, not only as an organisation, but also as individuals working for the organisation.

"Once that message gets across, we stand ready at the Ministry of Health to support companies in other ways to get their employees to participate in physical activity and a healthy lifestyle," Tufton said.

At the end of the challenge, companies and staff with the most points will be awarded. The awards include Company Spirit, and Male and Female Champion. 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 Challenge Champion.

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

The first race in the circuit, the FLOW/PUMA Fortis 5K, was held last Sunday, September 10. The next race in the series is Colour Me Happy, to be held tomorrow, September 16 at Hope Gardens, followed by CUMI Come Run and JN Foundation Heroes in Action 5K, in October, and CB UWI 5K and Reggae Marathon in November and December respectively.