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Julian Robinson wins Get Moving Challenge Week 1

Jamaica Gleaner / Member of Parliament, Julian J. Robinson, racked up 80,000 steps last week (April 10-16) to win week one of the Jamaica Moves ?Get Moving Challenge?.

The challenge, which started on Monday April 10, has 14 prominent members of the private and public sector committing to taking 10,000 documented steps per day over the next four weeks. The challenge is designed to use these influencers to encourage Jamaicans to start taking steps towards a healthier lifestyle, using the power of friendly competition as motivation. ‘Get Moving’ is a part of the Ministry of Health?s Jamaica Moves initiative which was launched on Friday, April 7.

?I think the initiative is a good one. Anything that promotes physical activity and proper nutrition is important, particularly within the context that so many Jamaicans die from non communicable diseases,? Robinson said.

He added that he decided to participate in the Jamaica Moves ?Get Moving’ challenge to encourage more Jamaicans to get active and to engage in a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity each day.

The challenge is divided into two categories ? Workweek Hustle and Weekend Warrior. Workweek Hustle is a challenge to see who can get the most steps between 12 a.m. Monday and 11:59 p.m. Friday. Following this, the challengers move on to the Weekend Warrior challenge. Weekend Warrior aims to see who can get the most steps in a weekend. It runs from 12 a.m. Saturday to 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

When the steps were tallied after Workweek Hustle ended, Robinson was in fourth position with over 49,000 steps recorded, behind Continental Baking Company?s special projects manager Tiffany Wong (58,000), dance hall artist Renigade (55,000) and general manager of television services at TVJ Claire Grant (51,000). But when the dust settled Sunday evening after the Weekend Warrior challenge had ended, Robinson edged Wong to claim first spot.

?I missed the first day because I didn?t have the FitBit set up but I?m happy to participate. I used to be very physically active, but I?m not as active as I was before. I know the competition will come after me in the second and third week so I have to maintain that,? Robinson said.

Other challengers are Minister of Health Dr Chris Tufton, Delomar from the dance hall duo RDX, university student Shanice Allen, Digicel Foundation?s Krystal Tomlinson, gospel artist Jermaine Edwards, Group Chief Marketing & Sales Officer at JN Bank Leon Mitchell, The Gleaner’s Lifestyle Editor Nashauna Lalah, members of Parliament Alando Terrelonge, Marisa Dalrymple Philibert and Natalie Neita Headley. The Get Moving Challenge will end in May.

Jamaica Moves is a national physical activity and nutrition change agenda to educate individuals on the risk factors associated with Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs), in an effort to encourage them to lead healthier lives. The programme will also focus on building supportive environments to facilitate increased physical activity and proper nutrition.






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