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OVER SEVENTY COMPANIES ENTER THE 2010 NHF WEIGHT LOSS COMPETITION WORK IT OUT CHALLENGE

OVER SEVENTY COMPANIES ENTER THE 2010 NHF WEIGHT LOSS COMPETITION WORK IT OUT CHALLENGE

Seventy four (74) companies have this year entered the National Health Fund “Work It Out Challenge,” Body Mass Index (BMI) Weight Loss Team Competition. The competition, which is in its second year, gets underway this Saturday, April 24, 2010 with the first weigh-in and height measurements in order to determine Body Mass Indices of the five member teams. The companies are mostly from the Private Sector in the Kingston Metropolitan Region with thirty (30) from the Public Sector and five (5) teams from rural parishes. NHF Work It Out Challenge, will this year run over a thirty-seven week period instead of the twelve weeks it did last year.

Debra Guiness-Brown Wellness Programme Coordinator at the NHF, who is coordinating the competition, says, “The decision to increase the length of the competition was to encourage participants to adopt a healthy lifestyle rather than go on a diet over a short period of time just to lose weight.”

The team with the highest percentage positive change in BMI at the end of the 37-week period, which ends on January 8, 2011, will win the competition. In the event that there is a tie, the winning team will be decided based on the contribution of each team member and the team in which most members made a significant contribution to the overall weight loss will be declared the winner.

Last year 54 teams entered the competition while 34 completed the Challenge. The team from Hart Hill Juices were winners in the 2009 competition, beating the Omni Industries Team into second place and Grace Kennedy Remittance Services Limited Team who placed third. 
Two members of the Hart Hill Team, Erica Nembhard and Donald McDonald, also placed in the top three of the individual prizes. However both were beaten by Aleta Bartley, from the South East Regional Health Authority, who lost the most weight during the competition. 



The NHF Work it out Challenge emphasizes diet and physical activity as a way to reduce a person’s risk of developing chronic illnesses. 

In order to support the teams to adopt a healthy lifestyle there will be three Health Seminars during the competition, beginning this Saturday April 24, 2010 when the teams turn up for their first weigh- in. There will also be weigh-ins at twelve and twenty-four weeks to help the teams keep on track.

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