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Fort Lauderdale office workers taking on fitness challenge

By Julie Levin | Special Correspondent
March 15, 2009

Rose Amberson is in good shape physically but wanted to learn more about healthy nutrition and eating habits.

Though she works at a large insurance company, she's been learning plenty at work through an on-the-job wellness competition.

"I have lost nearly five pounds already," said Amberson, of Pembroke Pines, vice president of human capital at Seitlin Insurance in Fort Lauderdalepublished photo

For a second year, almost 50 employees at Seitlin are taking part in the CELSIUS CEO Fitness Challenge, a 12-week program designed by Jim Sayih, a former lieutenant with the Miami Police Department.

"It is a wellness competition for employees in all workplace environments. It is a way to motivate them into a wellness state of mind," said Sayih, of Pembroke Pines.

Sayih created the nonprofit challenge last year and has 40 teams statewide working out and getting fit.

For three months, the five-person teams compete to see which can lose the most body fat while still gaining muscle. No quick diets are allowed. Sayih said if anyone loses muscle, the whole team can be disqualified.

The winning team is flown to Las Vegas with a $10,000 prize and a healthy attitude.

"They get to learn how to work out, how to eat right and stay focused and goal oriented," Sayih said

To help keep competitors on the right track, Sayih visits the workplace to deliver weekly pep talks on proper exercise, nutrition and how to not let their fitness routines stall.

"We teach them methods of how to keep it fresh, change workouts around, try different modes of exercise," said Sayih, who has a master's degree in sports science and exercise physiology.

He modeled it after his 911 Fitness Challenge, which he created 11 years ago to help train police officers and firefighters.

Amberson said the challenge is part of a company initiative aimed at making employees healthy, happy and more active.

For those employees on the team, it is an important first step toward making a lifestyle change.

"It is team-based, it creates excitement and has a start and a finish with a goal of changing the lifestyle in the long term, not just to win the contest," she said.

Registration proceeds from the challenge benefit the American Diabetes Association and Best Buddies International.

For more information, visit www.CEOFitnessChallenge.com

 

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