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NHF Work-it-out-challenge Awards- May 14, 2018

Some 200 teams signed up to participate in the National Health Fund’s (NHF) ‘Work It Out Challenge’ for the 2017/2018 period, a significant increase over the 54 teams which entered at its inception in 2009. 

The ‘Work It Out Challenge’ is a 24-week weight loss and fitness team competition that encourages individuals to change their lifestyle to achieve a healthier mind and body. Winners are determined based on the number of points received which are calculated based on Body Mass Index (BMI), weight, fitness, waist measurement and attendance at planned events

Speaking at the ‘Work It Out Challenge’ awards ceremony on Friday, May 11, at the Spanish Court Hotel,   NHF CEO Everton Anderson acknowledged the efforts of the NHF team and lauded the participants for taking control of their personal health by participating in the challenge. He expressed delight at the increased interest in the competition, as registration had surpassed the initial target of 200 teams.

“The aim of this initiative is to promote good health among all Jamaicans, so we are really pushing the programme under our Health Promotions agenda.  We want to make people healthier, through the Work It Out and the 5 Star Health General programme,” said Mr Anderson. 

“To the teams who have finished the race, I know it has not been easy so I congratulate you who are here today to receive your awards,” said Mr Anderson.

Of the nine hundred and fifty-one (951) persons who began the competition in September, 2017, two hundred and fifty-four (254) persons from Kingston, St. Thomas, St. Catherine, Clarendon, St. Ann, Manchester and St. James completed the challenge.

The awards ceremony came to a close with the Chancellor Insurance Agency walking away as the champions for the Kingston region, as well as the overall team winners, with a total of 183.01 points.

The team members comprised: Mazie Dixon, Shaneka Byan, Veronique Pitter, Hadajah Freebourne-Raffington and Robert Brown.  Veronique Pitter, team captain, thanked the NHF for organising the weight loss competition and attributed the team’s victory to teamwork. 

“We came together because of this weight loss competition and the journey has been great. One of the reasons for this is because we have a good team and teamwork makes the dream work,” said Pitter. Team members lost a combined 126 pounds.

Robert Brown, who also copped the Individual 5 Star Health General Award, which is for men only, received the highest score at the end of the competition.  He tallied 41.51 points, ahead of Duval Howard (31.76) and Dwayne Lowe Chin (28.59) from the Ministry of Finance and the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) respectively.

Chairman of the NHF, Gregory Mair encouraged the participants to continue on the path to a healthy lifestyle.  “This platform is the start of something positive and I would strongly recommend that you make it a habit and a part of your way of life, giving special attention to what you eat and exercise,” said Mr Mair.

The other top winners were Tamika Jackson from the Department of Correctional Services for Top Female in the Individual Winners category; Bethlehem Moravian College, Top Team for the Manchester region; Beechamvile VTC, Top Team from the Ocho Rios region and Conduent Eservices Team 1 which was the Top Team from Montego Bay.

The NHF offered nutrition workshops, assessment sessions, interim weigh-ins and exercise sessions, such as dancing, aerobics and boot camps, as part of the ‘Work It Out Challenge’ programme.

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