Tomago Turnaround - Weightloss Challenge
AN ARMY, IT’S SAID, MARCHES ON ITS STOMACH AND WHILE THE TOMAGO WORKFORCE MIGHT NOT BE AN ARMY IT STILL HAS A GOOD COLLECTIVE APPETITE.
Sometimes though, says company Occupational Health and Hygiene Officer Anthony ‘Cookie’ Cook, a few of the ‘soldiers’ either eat a bit more or march a bit less and that’s where the Health Services team comes in.
Tomago’s Health Services team helps promote healthy activities on-site and one of last year’s campaigns was impressively successful.
Called ‘The Tomago Turnaround’, one of its first tasks was a five percent weight loss challenge, requiring nothing more than participants losing five percent (or more) of their body weight in a six-week period.
To encourage strong competition, each participant put up $10 (the total matched by the company) with each paid-up entrant achieving their goal taking home a slice of the cash pool at the end of hostilities.
“When you think about it, weight loss is a bit ‘anti-survival’ for an animal. The early descendants of man that could store nutrients from food survived while those that were not good at storing nutrients died off. As a result, modern man is very good at storing nutrients. This can be a problem nowadays though when food is so readily available and we are moving less than modern man. As a result, we are getting bigger,” Cookie said.
“It’s all about changing our food and eating habits and practices that we have had for so many years so we promote doing one thing at a time, even if it’s just a small thing. Big journeys start with small steps.”
The good news from The Tomago Turnaround? Of the 69 people taking part almost all lost some weight with a 128.5 kilogram total loss across the group. Eighteen people hit their five per cent target and get $75 each from the prize pool. The best results included three entrants who each dropped eight per cent of their starting weight.
“Humans often need to see success to get the drive to succeed and that was what the five percent weight loss challenge was about. It is a great start for some while for others it is their overall goal,” Cookie said.
Tomago’s health and hygiene guru followed the weight loss challenge with cooking demonstrations on-site which, he believed, helped to give people the skills they needed for his next chapter of the Tomago Turnaround.
Called ‘My Crib Room Rules’, this competition gave everyone a chance to design a dish to be added to the canteen menu as well as earning the individual designer a $400 dinner voucher.
This was followed by a competition in which participants had to submit plans for a redesign of the canteen’s outside dining area with the winner receiving tickets for 4 to the Members Enclosure at Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse with food and drinks supplied.
In addition to the health promotion activities of the Tomago Turnaround, the Health Services team promotes quit smoking programs, gives dietary advice, offers physiotherapy a visiting medical service, skin checks and an on-site gym for all.
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