Tuesday 20 November, 2018

BGLC launches gym to promote wellness among staff

Dr Nigel Clarke (right), Minister of Finance and Public Service, tests out one of the treadmills in the new gym facility at the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) building on Hagley Park Road. Looking on and encouraging the minister are Vitus Evans (left), BGLC’s Executive Director, and Sandra Antonio, BGLC’s Director of Human Resources and Administration.

Dr Nigel Clarke (right), Minister of Finance and Public Service, tests out one of the treadmills in the new gym facility at the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) building on Hagley Park Road. Looking on and encouraging the minister are Vitus Evans (left), BGLC’s Executive Director, and Sandra Antonio, BGLC’s Director of Human Resources and Administration.

Jamaica’s gaming commissions have taken the bold step of introducing a new workplace wellness programme, clearly signaling the importance of staff health.

The occasion was marked by a health and wellness day and the official opening of a new staff gym at the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) building on Hagley Park Road.

Speaking at the gaming commissions’ recent Health and Wellness Day where he officially opened the gym, Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke reiterated the significance of this new milestone for the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission, the Casino Gaming Commission and The Jamaica Racing Commission.

Dr Nigel Clarke (right), Minister of Finance and Public Service, and Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission Executive Director Vitus Evans.

 “As we seek to achieve the key policies of the finance ministry, we must also be mindful in protecting the number one asset of Jamaica – our human capital,” said Dr. Clarke. “We [aim to] protect that through health and wellness programmes.”

The gaming commissions, which operate under the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, have set new targets “to increase revenues from the present $6.4 billion to $10B within the next four years”, according to Vitus Evans, Executive Director of the BGLC.

Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke (third right), Minister of Finance and Public Service, poses with Gaming Commission team members at the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission gym
facility unveiling last Friday.

Evans also explained that the initiative I san important aspect of the pending merger of the 3 gaming commissions. “The facility will serve to build a sense of community and camaraderie among the team members and will ultimately result in increased productivity,” Evans said.

Promoting Staff Health

Dr Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health has lauded the commissions’ move to invest in and promote staff health, and has noted that this is consistent with the Jamaica Moves campaign, which aims to reduce Jamaicans' risk of developing non-communicable diseases by encouraging physical activity and good nutrition.

“This is a welcome move by the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission. Jamaica Moves is about stimulating precisely these types of actions, to enable our people to adopt and sustain positive health behaviours that afford them a long and good quality of life, safe from non-communicable diseases, " Tufton said.

In addition to the opening of the Gym, the commissions’ health and wellness day included the MAGGI® Farmers’ Market with produce from local farmers, cooking demonstrations and product sampling; free health checks by Sagicor and the National AIDS Health Care Foundation, and a presentation on strategies for achieving optimal mental and physical health by Martino Redwood of New Phase Fitness Coaching.