PRESS RELEASE: CASTRIES, May 1, 2018/- In light of the increasing rates of chronic disease, and obesity on Island, Local Wellness company iKaria Wellness, has taken the initiative to issue a national challenge to all St. Lucians to walk 10,000 steps a day from the 1st to the 30th of June 2018.

The Challenge is being issued to individuals, and workplaces to compete against each other to win various exciting prizes.

Prizes will be awarded to the five individuals with the highest number of steps at the end of the challenge.

The workplace with the highest number of collective steps, will win a trophy and be dubbed ‘the most health-conscious company for 2018’.

The community with the highest number of people competing will be dubbed the ‘most health conscious community for 2018.’

The Let’s Move St. Lucia Challenge is a response to the rising incidence of chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, cancer and obesity, in St. Lucia.

The World Health Organisation has sited inactivity and being overweight as primary risk factors for the development of chronic diseases.

The average St. Lucian spends hours sitting at work, while commuting to and from work, at home in front of the TV, and while surfing the web. This translates into a significant amount of inactive time, which significantly increases the risks of being overweight and developing chronic diseases.

During the Let’s Move St. Lucia Challenge, iKaria Wellness is challenging all St. Lucians to break the cycle of inactivity by aiming to walk 10,000 steps a day.

The aim of the challenge is to generate awareness that sedentary lifestyles are unhealthy, and to start a movement which will motivate St. Lucians to move more and sit less.

All St. Lucians, are encouraged to participate.

For more information, and to register for the challenge, visit the Let’s Move St. Lucia website:

For more information and enquiries about the Let’s Move St. Lucia Workplace Challenge send an email to: [email protected]