The Daily Gleaner
April 28, 2018
“Non Communicable Diseases such as Diabetes, Hypertension and certain Cancers account for 70 per cent of the total deaths in Jamaica. With this is mind, the Jamaica Moves Programme is happy to announce our second corporate challenge, the 2018 Circuit, with the first race of our challenge will being held on April 29 at Hope Gardens,” shared Health Minister Dr Chris Tufton.
Studies show that individuals who lead healthier lifestyles have improved productivity, fewer absenteeism, fewer insurance claims, reduction in staff turnover and improved staff morale.
“Last year was very successful as we had 16 companies participating. For the 2018 Circuit, we will be starting with 20 companies and we look forward to the first race ‘Everyone’s a Winner’ being an important part of that circuit,” he added.
The races in the Get Moving Challenge include Everyone’s a Winner 5k and 10k Walk, Run & Stroller; Food for the Poor 5k Walk/Run; Tru-Juice Cares 5K; and Everyone’s a Winner Race with Best Dressed Chicken.
In the corporate challenge, companies earn points through staff participation in a number of races in the circuit. Companies with the most points at the end of the circuit will be declared the Jamaica Moves Get Moving Corporate Challenged Champions. Other awards include Jamaica Moves Company Spirit Award, Ja Moves Male Champion and Female Champion
Registered companies for the 2018 Circuit include: The Ministry of Health, Restaurants of Jamaica Limited, National Baking Company, Victoria Mutual Group, Advanced Integrated Systems Limited, Wisynco, Island Grill, National Health Fund, Rainforest Seafoods, Jamaica Broilers, Sagicor Group, Jamaica Private Power Company, Jamaica Police Co-op Credit Union Limited, Myers, Fletcher and Gordon, Jamaica Vacations Company, CB Group, Stewarts Automotive Group, Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority, FLOW, and Derrimon Trading Company.
As part of the initiative, Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has led the Jamaica Moves campaign aimed at promoting healthier lifestyles among Jamaicans. Through this campaign, the Ministry of Health is encouraging Jamaicans to incorporate at least 30 minutes of physical activity, along with healthy eating and proper health checks, into their day-to-day lives.