Island Grill on Saturday launched its first employee health fair in a bid to promote healthy eating among staff and customers.
The fair is one of the many health projects being undertaken since CEO Thalia Lyn was named 'Go Red for Women Ambassador' by the Heart Foundation of Jamaica in May. Both organisations hosted the event which saw some 600 employees, including those of some of Island Grill partners and suppliers engaging in a day filled with activities and exercises.
There were also booths displaying health information and products at the event, held at Island Grill's head office on Valentine Drive in Kingston.
The initiative is intimately linked to Island Grill's goal, said Lyn.
"Since we began Island Grill, our goal has been to offer food that is both delicious and fits a healthy Jamaican lifestyle. We find that our motto 'Eat Good, Live Good' is even more important in most people's lives today. Having a healthy team means having a productive team," she continued.
In the meantime, Deborah Chen, executive director of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, said she was elated that Island Grill was helping to promote health awareness in Jamaica and urged other local restaurants to follow suit.
Said Chen: "We are very excited to see what Island Grill is doing to help promote awareness of Jamaica's leading cause of death in women, and better the lives of it's employees. We hope that other companies will do the same!"
Lyn's statements were echoed by Sandra Antonio, human resource manager at Island Grill, who said employees also had the opportunity to get check-ups during the fair. Among the tests she listed were: cholesterol, blood pressure, blood glucose, haemoglobin and body mass index.
"We want employees to learn new things, better understand common misconceptions and ask questions. A nutritionist nurse counsellor and fitness trainer will facilitate these talks," she said.
The health fair preludes an employee 'Weight Challenge' contest, which is aimed at encouraging employees to commit to a healthier lifestyle.