Big­gest Loser Pro­gramme on at CFL

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Get­ting em­ploy­ees more fo­cused on em­brac­ing healthy liv­ing and healthy lifestyles - that’s the main fo­cus of CFL’s Health and Wellness Pro­gramme dubbed ‘Fit for Work! Fit For Life!’

CFL’s HR Of­fi­cer Faitha­line Hip­polyte ex­plains that this pro­gramme, which was ini­ti­ated last year, is not only de­signed to im­prove em­ployee health, pro­duc­tiv­ity and over­all wellness but can greatly as­sist em­ploy­ees in manag­ing their health­care costs as well.

To give the pro­gramme some level of im­pe­tus, the Big­gest Loser - CFL Edi­tion was in­tro­duced in Jan­uary. Over fifty em­ploy­ees are tak­ing on the chal­lenge to not just lose the pounds, but en­gage in health­ier, more ac­tive lifestyles. Thirty will com­pete for the ti­tle of CFL’s Big­gest Loser. They were care­fully se­lected based on a Body Mass Index (BMI) ex­ceed­ing 28, which places them in the over­weight cat­e­gory. The higher the BMI, the higher the risk of obe­si­tyre­lated dis­eases. Ac­tiv­i­ties of the Big­gest Loser Com­pe­ti­tion in­clude lec­tures on weight loss and nu­tri­tion coun­selling plus men­tor­ing from ex­perts in the field.

San­nyu Lewis from gl food­mar­ket, a re­cent com­peti­tor in the na­tional Pedi Gwes Com­pe­ti­tion, says em­ploy­ees are de­vel­op­ing a sense of team­work and ca­ma­raderie by en­cour­ag­ing each other to at­tend reg­u­lar work­out ses­sions and putting what they have learnt into prac­tice.

“It is great to work for a com­pany that takes the time to in­vest in their em­ploy­ees’ well­be­ing. I was able to lose ten inches around my waist dur­ing the Min­istry of Health’s Pedi Gwes Com­pe­ti­tion and I have lost a lot of weight. I know that there is still work to be done and I am happy that CFL took the lead and launched this com­pe­ti­tion. This is more than just a weight loss com­pe­ti­tion; it is an op­por­tu­nity to change our un­healthy habits and mind­sets. As we work out and do this to­gether, we hold each other ac­count­able,” she says.

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