NHF WORK IT OUT CHALLENGE SUPPORTING WELLNESS AGENDA - June 21, 2019
As the Ministry of Health and Wellness continues to advance its mission to encourage and facilitate healthier lifestyles among all Jamaicans, the National Health Fund is pledging its continued support toward this goal through initiatives such as the annual Work It Out Challenge .
Speaking at the entity’s Work It Out Challenge Awards Ceremony recently held at the Spanish Court Hotel in St. Andrew, CEO Everton Anderson outlined the importance of creating a healthier and a fitter workforce within the population.
“The link between the prevalence of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and lifestyle choices is irrefutable and as such, we continue to advocate for increased physical activity, greater attention to dietary choices and regular medical check-ups,” explained Mr. Anderson
He further added that the Work It Out Challenge, under this year’s theme, “Get In Shape, Be In Control has made its own significant contribution to furthering the cause.
“One Thousand Six Hundred individuals registered for the competition this year and an overwhelming 90% indicated that they have made some lifestyle changes as a direct result of their participation,” Mr. Anderson added.
Also speaking at the ceremony, Minister of Health Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton outlined that the state of health in Jamaica is not as dependent on access to health care as it is on the level of personal responsibility individuals take in carefully managing their general wellness.
“The Work It Out Challenge is a good vehicle to carry the message and I want to challenge local organizations to see staff as valuable assets and to take greater interest in their overall well-being, as their well-being is directly related to the quality output” noted Dr. Tufton.
He further added that it is important to bear in mind that a state of Wellness is the foundation for a functional state of mind.
The Awards Ceremony saw a number of prizes being awarded to outstanding individuals and teams emerging out of the 9th staging of the Work-It-Out Challenge.
The team that copped the top prize was the Santa Chrome N Toners team from St. Elizabeth, while the top male and female were Leon Tyrell and Tanya Bourne respectively.
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Dr. the Hon Christopher Tufton Minister of Health and Wellness, (l), Everton Anderson, CEO of the National Health Fund (NHF) and Kamila McDonald, Personal Trainer and Sports Nutritionist share in the moment with Top Male Work It Out Challenge contestant Leon Tyrell at the recently held awards ceremony in St. Andrew.