War on Weight wants you!

Do you think you have what it takes to lose big?

The Cayman Heart Fund launches its
third annual War on Weight competition next month and is looking for 10 volunteers
to take on the challenge of losing pounds and embracing a healthier lifestyle.

The competition launches on
Tuesday, 24 August, and the deadline for applications is Saturday, 31 July.

Contestants must be able to
dedicate themselves to the 16-week weight-loss challenge, which involves one
hour a day of group exercise five times a week; a visit to a team of medical
professionals every two weeks to ensure weight loss is safe and consistent; and
a strict nutritional plan under a registered dietician.

Committee Chairperson Leandra
Charles said the competition is designed for those with a “heartfelt desire to
make a change and lead a healthier lifestyle.

“This year we are looking for 10
contestants who are really prepared to go that extra mile. We have had some
great participants in previous years and many have continued on with their
weight loss programme. Getting involved in a competition like this is a great
way to kick-start a healthier lifestyle; with access to a wide range of expert
advisors all dedicated to helping you achieve your goal.

“We really hope that through the
WOW competition, we can increase awareness in Cayman on the importance of
living a healthy lifestyle and exercising regularly to cut down on the growing
obesity problem. Every year the WOW competition continues to grow and this year
will be the biggest and best yet. We are truly very excited about what we have
lined up.”

Last year, 75 people applied to
take part in the competition and 16 were chosen.

Each contestant will have access to
more than $2,000 worth of expert advice and training in this year’s contest.

Former War on Weight participants
and the WOW committee will be on hand to help motivate the participants. A
family fun day will also be organised as part of the programme and other social
events will be scheduled to encourage contestants, including a kick-off party
at the end of August.

The biggest ‘loser’ will be
measured by a formula approved by WOW’s expert advisers, as well as points
gained by programme participation. The three top losers will win a prize
package, which will include gifts certificates to help them continue on their
weight loss programme.

The committee will interview
selected applicants to ensure they are dedicated to losing weight and living a
healthier lifestyle, before the final 10 participants are selected.

The competition is primarily aimed
at adults with a body mass index of 30 or over, but parent and child teams are
also encouraged to sign up. 

“Without the help of Cayman
businesses each year, the WOW programme would not be a success and we are
appealing for anyone who wishes to support the competition through sponsorship
or prize donations to get in touch,” Ms Charles said.

The competition includes:

Fitness – five days a week
mandatory programme, including group instruction and activities and access to a
fitness centre.

Nutrition – bi-weekly
consultation with a dietician and a customised meal plan.

Medical – health screening,
blood testing and monitoring by physicians and accompanying supporters.

Psychology – consultation and
counselling by an approved professional throughout the competition for proactive
mental advancement and support.

Education – informative
seminars and workshops to educate contestants on the components of the

Community involvement – participation
in activities to help promote the programme and assistance with charity and community

The WOW competition is funded by
the Cayman Heart Fund, a non-profit, non-government organization dedicated to
the reduction of heart and circulatory disease in the Cayman Islands. Heart and
circulatory disease, known as cardiovascular disease, is one of the biggest
health problems in the Cayman Islands.

Email [email protected] for an application form or visit the
Cayman Heart Fund’s website. Committee members will also be at Foster’s Food
Fair Airport on Friday, 23 July, 11am to 2pm and Saturday, 24 July, 10am to 4pm
to answer questions and sign up participants


A mandatory five-days-a-week exercise programme will be part of the challenge.
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