Jamaica Moves Corporate Challenge Building Company Spirit
Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017
The Daily Gleaner
Dr Christopher Tufton, minister of health, sharing a moment with the Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS) team at the JN Foundation Heroes in Action Run/Walk on Sunday.
High-fives, group hugs, and cheer-offs, As challengers in the Jamaica Moves Get Moving Corporate Challenge gears up for the penultimate race, the CB UWI 5K on November 12, their level of camaraderie as team members has peaked.
The friendly performance-based competition is encouraging employees to lead healthier lifestyles in an effort to increase productivity in their respective workplaces and overall improved staff morale.
The challenge has been doing just that.
Michael Williams, an employee at the National Baking Company, said that he was on a hiatus from 5K races. The challenge, which started with the FLOW/PUMA Fortis 5K in September, was his first 5K race in a long while. Williams, after competing the race, expressed that he really enjoyed it.
“I think Jamaica Moves is a good initiative because it helps to raise awareness in terms of health and lifestyle and in terms of bonding,” Williams said.
He further stated that National has a staff complement of about 1,000, so it’s difficult to be familiar with all his co-workers. The Corporate Challenge has helped him to interact with more of his co-workers and share views.
For Stewart Jacobs, sales manager at Derrimon Trading Company, the challenge is all about the healthy competition.
“When we go back to the office on the Monday morning, we look at the scores to see who beat who and by how many seconds. It is all about the bantering,” Jacobs said.
The final race in the circuit is the Reggae Marathon Half Marathon & 10K on December 2. 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. Organisation per-formance will be calculated based on the number of points their members have accumulated. The organisation that has accumulated the most points will be declared the Jamaica Moves Get Moving Corporate Challenge Champion.
Jamaica Moves is the country’s coordinated national response to the increased incidences of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
Through education, engagement, and the building of supportive environments, the programme hopes to reduce NCDs by 25 per cent by the year 2025.