Miss Cayman helps launch fitness program

From left, Nancy Barnard, Franz Manderson, Monyque Brooks and Jennifer Ahearn stretch as they get ready to run Monday evening.

Miss Cayman Islands Monyque Brooks joined with Deputy Governor Franz Manderson and other civil servants on Monday to launch an eight-week fitness program, “Off the Couch.”

The initiative, organized by the civil service GAB Walk Run Club, aims to get people in shape for the Deputy Governor’s 5K Challenge in April and is suitable for all fitness levels of walkers and runners.

The GAB club meets every Monday at the staff entrance to the Government Administration Building on Elgin Avenue.

In addition to members of the civil service, walkers and runners from the private sector and the public are invited to join Off the Couch.

“I am delighted to be with the GAB Walk Run Club for the Off the Couch program and encourage as many people as possible to join us and get fit for the DG’s 5K Challenge,” said Ms. Brooks, who works in the Department of Tourism.

This year’s 5K Challenge is supporting Cayman Heart Fund’s appeal to buy a new ambulance. The total target is $150,000 and the aim is to raise $50,000 through the 5K event.

The 5K Challenge will be held on April 17 on Cayman Brac and on April 24 on Grand Cayman.