The Chief Medical Officer of the Ministry of Health and Wellness reported last month that it is projected that 87% of the deaths in our population will be caused by a non-communicable disease by 2030. Reports such as these continue to surface and in an effort to directly respond to the deleterious effects of these diseases, ICBL created its easyWELLNESS program which was launched in October 2018.
ICBL’s easyWELLNESS program is an evidenced-based, comprehensive, cost effective intervention for improving the health status and health expenditures of its participants. The program is designed utilizing several components to meet our health and wellness needs. The mission of the program is to empower participants to engage in pragmatic solutions to improve their health, wellbeing and productivity.
In an effort to continue promoting practices and activities that promote longevity amongst our population, ICBL introduced the easyWELLNESS Sneaker Day. This saw staff members wearing sneakers with their uniforms and being more active; taking the stairs instead of the elevator for example. There was also an “ambush workout” hosted by Thorn Wood of Califit 246 who went through an impromptu workout in the lobby of the Head Office much to surprise of staff and customers alike who then joined in and jumped, squatted and ran on the spot to some popular Crop Over and Carnival selections.
Lisa Brathwaite - Graham, ICBL’s in house nurse reported, “I am pleased to see the response to Sneaker Day by the staff. People expressed that they were more active throughout the day and felt more productive. We at ICBL are charged to change the culture of the sedentary lifestyle. Sneaker Day exists because we are committed to create a culture of movement and take charge of our health.”