Biggest Loser Programme on at CFL
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.