Published in The Jamaica Observer
The first event in the Everyone’s a Winner with The Best Dressed Chicken Road Race Series was successfully held last Sunday at Hope Gardens, with benefit partner, the Diabetes Association of Jamaica, hosting a series of check-ups using newly donated equipment from The Best Dressed Chicken, which includes wheelchairs, cholesterol machines, body mass index (BMI) scale and an echocardiogram (ECG) machine.Last Sunday’s event was the seventh annual staging of the Road Race Series and Lorraine Kemble, The Best Dressed Chicken brand manager, shared the inspiration behind the donation.
“We recognise that these equipments are of critical importance to the Diabetes Association of Jamaica in continuing their fight against non-communicable diseases. It is our pleasure to be able to offer some assistance in purchasing them,” she said.
Kemble added: “There are many benefits to exercising, and we want more Jamaicans to join us as we promote healthy living. When you start exercising, it improves lung and heart efficiency, improves your mood, boosts your energy and immune system and helps you to control your weight, and these are just a few of the many benefits.”
Hope Botanical Gardens was the site of much excitement on race day, as eager participants turned out in their numbers for the 5K run/walk/stroller and 9K run.
Among participants was Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton, who took part in the 9K run. Tufton, who is currently leading the ‘Jamaica Moves’ campaign which aims to increase physical activity among Jamaicans, commended the Jamaica Broilers Group on yet another successful staging of the event and noted the importance of physical activity to the nation.
“Treatment of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, heart conditions, cancer, and chronic kidney disease, among others, are costing the government close to $2-Billion annually,” he said.
Also in attendance were members of The Best Dressed Chicken-sponsored national netball team, the Sunshine Girls, who presented each contestant with a medal for their participation as they crossed the finish line.
Participants were also offered free health checks that included: Echocardiogram, Body Mass Index, Blood Sugar, Blood Pressure Haemoglobin, Vision, Blood Circulation and Foot Care. Other post-race activities included award presentations, The Best Dressed Chicken samples, and massage sessions.
The Best Dressed Chicken ‘Everyone’s A Winner’ Road Race Series continues on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 18 at Hope Botanical Gardens.