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Gaming Commissions on Board with Jamaica Moves Campaign



0 | 2018-05-29 15:02:00


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, Dr. the Honourable 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. “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 J$6.4B to J$10B within the next four years”,
according to Vitus Evans, Executive Director of the BGLC. Evans also explained that the initiative is
an 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. the Honourable 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, " Dr. 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.
Contact:
Shanique Palmer, Bespoke Communications
shaniqueapalmer@gmail.com
366-1396
Jeanette C E Lewis
Manager, Corporate Affairs and Communications
399-9824 or 381-5700
jeanette.lewis@bglc.gov.jm
Captions
Photo 1 - Dr. the Honourable Nigel Clarke (left), Minister of Finance and Public Service, chats with
one of the local farmers at the MAGGI Farmer’s Market hosted at the Betting Gaming and Lotteries
Commission (BGLC) building on Hagley Park Road last Friday. Looking on is Vitus Evans (centre),
BGLC’s Executive Director.
Photo 2 - Dr. the Honourable 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.
Photo 3 - Dr. the Honourable Nigel Clarke (right), Minister of Finance and Public Service, and Betting
Gaming and Lotteries Commission Executive Director Vitus Evans.
Photo 4 - Dr. the Honourable 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.
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