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November 16, 2015

Wellness Program 2015: “Programang Balik Alindog”

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With the intent of reversing the inevitable weight gain during the holidays, EEC 2015 organized a series of events that tested each employee’s resolve not only to lose weight, but to perform at their best for their team to attain victory. This is the Wellness Progrm - Programang Balik Alindog (PBA).

EEC Heroes started the PBA last April 7, 2015 with a free Wellness Seminar, headed by three Wellness Coaches from Herbalife: Ms. Connie, Ms. Josie, and Ms. Janeth.

In the first part of the seminar, they discussed how their company promotes proper nutrition and what can be done to achieve this. They emphasized the importance of reducing carbohydrate intake, increasing protein intake, and what visceral fat does to the body and how it can be reduced. In the second part, all participating employees lined up to have their measurements taken, using a specialized weighing scale manufactured by the Japanese company, Tanita. In addition to the weight, the scale measured the percentage of fat, visceral fat, bone mass, resting metabolic rate, metabolic age, muscle mass, physique rating, and percentage of water of an individual’s body. Some of the participants even made fun of each other about their metabolic age. After taking the measurements, the wellness coaches prepared a simple meal plan for each of participants to aid them in their goal to lose or gain weight. The prepared meal plan was based on the number of calories needed per day per participant. The participants were also given their ideal weight for their respective heights, the type of program that they need to undergo, and the estimated number of months that would take to achieve their ideal weight.

The next activity was the fun run last April 14, 2015 around the closed-off area of Spectrum Midway in Filinvest Alabang. With the help of running coaches, the participants were able to break a sweat by doing a few laps.

In order to foster healthy competition, employees were divided into four (4) teams, and several contests were organized to test both body and mind. To ensure each team has a fair chance to reach the top of the standings, teams are awarded points depending on their performance, and the top team after the culminating activity during the Summer Outing will be declared overall champion. Angry Blue Birds, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fresh Green Minds and Yellow Polka Dot Bikinis are the names of the teams created for the PBA.

The first among these contests was Modified Ultimate, done last April 16 and 23, 2015. Based on the Frisbee sport “Ultimate,” two teams of four faced each other on a field, earning points by successfully passing a ball to a teammate in the end zone. The team who earned the most points would win the match. After two rounds of play, the Yellow team came up on top, followed by Blue, Red, and Green respectively.

Going high-tech, the next activity was the Xbox Kinect Dance Central 3 competition, held at the Engineer’s Area last April 21, 2015. Utilizing one of the large flat panel screens, a pair from each team gave their all to rack up the points and come out on top. At the end, Blue finished with a total score of 4,895,142, followed by Green (3,890,391), Red (3,122,540), and Yellow (2,101,072).

Taking a break from competition, an aerobic exercise activity was inserted on April 28, 2015. Headed by two of the very healthy and energetic members of EEC, employees followed an aerobic video to blow off some steam. The Fresh Green Minds had the most number of participating members during the event.

To test the teams’ knowledge, April 30, 2015 was dedicated to mind games. Their knowledge of English, of the food pyramid, even about the movies they watched was tested. This round, Blue got the prize, followed by Red, Green, and Yellow.

Not just their brains, but also their patience, and hand-eye coordination was tested in the Minute-To-Win-It games held last May 5, 2015. 5 games were prepared – Stack Attack, Speed Eraser, Candelier, Movin’ Up, and Sticky Balls – and the order which those were played was done randomly. Only one team can win for each game. Showing that no one team can dominate, one member of each team made impressive performances. After all the games ended, Red got 1st place winning 3 out of 5 games.

For the final contest before the Summer Outing, some teambuilding games were prepared. Those were Pipeline and Bodyguard. In Pipeline, using a tarpaulin sheet and bottles cut lengthwise to serve as pipes, teams must move a ball to the finish line as many times as they can until time expires. The team that moved the most balls won. In Bodyguard, a pair from one team – one bodyguard, one president – faced off against four assassins from another team. The bodyguard must prevent the assassins from hitting the president as much as possible until time expires. The team whose president received the least hits won.

The culminating activity for the PBA is the Summer Outing. During the Summer Outing there were 3 games facilitated by Camayan Beach Resort and Hotel. The games were Obstacle Course, Tug of War and Kayak Relay. Red won the Obstacle Course; Yellow won the Tug of War and the Kayak Relay. After the month long competition, Red Hot Chili Peppers was declared as the overall champion with 353 points, followed by Angry Blue Birds (341), Yellow Polka Dots Bikini (335) and Fresh Green Minds (328)

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