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  • Jamaicans are being encouraged to enter the National Health Fund’s (NHF) 2014 ‘Work It Out Challenge’, as a means of reducing their risk of chronic illnesses and maintaining well-being.
  • Entries for the challenge, which targets workplaces, will close on April 11.
  • The competition, which involves teams of five, is set to start on April 26, and continue until October 11.

Jamaicans are being encouraged to enter the National Health Fund’s (NHF) 2014 ‘Work It Out Challenge’, as a means of reducing their risk of chronic illnesses and maintaining well-being.

Entries for the challenge, which targets workplaces, will close on April 11. The competition, which involves teams of five, is set to start on April 26, and continue until October 11.

There will be three top prizes for companies, which will see teams receiving trophies, and top team members receiving gift certificates valued at up to $30,000.

The top three individuals with the highest reduction in body mass index will also be rewarded with gift certificates of up to $30,000.

“The objective is to highlight and encourage Jamaicans to become more physically active, in an effort to reduce the risk of developing chronic and other illnesses, and generally, to improve health,” said Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NHF, Everton Anderson, in an interview with JIS News.

At the beginning and end of the competition each team will participate in a “weigh in”.  “It is really a weight loss competition, it is a team effort that encourages individuals to change their lifestyle, in order to achieve a healthier mind and body,” Mr. Anderson added.

The NHF which is also observing Physical Activity Week, on April 8 held a “workout experience” in New Kingston, where scores of persons benefitted from the fitness and health tips provided. The next event will be held on Friday, April 11, at the Ocean Village Shopping Centre, in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The CEO said the event is another way of “recognising how important this (exercise) can be in controlling weight, and reducing the risk of cardiovascular and other illnesses.”

On Saturday (April 12), persons in the Portland and surrounding areas, will benefit from a free health fair hosted by the agency at the Port Antonio Old Marina.

“We will be providing free screening for blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and other illnesses, along with health information,” Mr. Anderson noted. Registration for the Government Health Card will also be done at the location.