Robin Sills of Naugatuck Valley Radiology and chair of the Waterbury Regional Chamber’s Health Care Council, explained, “We have two challenges, one for corporate teams and one for individuals. The objective for all participants is to incorporate health and wellness behaviors and attitudes into their daily lives, and to sustain those healthy habits. The ambition is for better health and an improved quality of life that results from incorporating healthy attitudes in every aspect of their lives.”
Participants in the 2012 Tighten Your Belt challenge were: Alliance Medical Group; Bannon & Hebert Properties, LLC; Carmody & Torrance, LLC; City of Waterbury Fire Department; Human Resource Development;
The “Tighten Your Belt” wellness initiative annually invites teams of four from local area businesses, as well as individuals, to participate in this weight loss and sustainability program. Through a daily nutrition education and physical exercise program, participants are scored on their total percentage of weight loss. Each percentage of each individual’s weight loss equals five scoring points. Those points are then added to total bonus points to reach their total score. The team, teams and/or individuals with the highest total scores are the winners of the “Tighten Your Belt” wellness challenge each year.
“Participants in the program,” explained Sills, “are eligible to earn bonus points during their wellness challenge by tracking and reporting the number of minutes of exercise they do each week. Thirty minutes of cardio exercise equals one point, and they can earn a maximum of three bonus points every week. Thirty minutes of strength training equals one point and they can report a maximum of two points each week.”
Individual winners and the winning corporate team of the “2012 Tighten Your Belt” wellness challenge will receive a six-month membership with the Greater Waterbury YMCA; inclusion in a feature article on the winners in the fall 2012 edition of “HealthMatters”
Sponsors of the “2012 Tighten Your Belt” wellness challenge have been The Village at East Farms; AETNA; Greater Waterbury YMCA; Naugatuck Valley Radiology; Nancy Traver, licensed massage therapist; NOSS-Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics and Spine Specialists, PC; Saint Mary’s Health System; Waterbury Hospital; and Village Green of Waterbury.
For more information, and to obtain tickets for the June 20th Health Care Council’s Annual Members’ Breakfast and Awards Ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Southbury, contact the Waterbury Regional Chamber at 203-756-3507, or email Courtney Ligi at email@example.com, or visit www.waterburychamber.com