Healthway Medical—the most trusted and preferred mall-based clinics in the Philippines—recently capped off its third annual Dance for Health competition at the Alabang Town Center. For the second time in row, Indak 7 Dance Force won the yearly competition. Indak 7 Dance Force—the official dance troupe of 7 Customer Philippines, Inc.—claimed their second championship title after besting seven other teams. The group took home PhP 75,000.00 and premium merchandise from Salem Beds. Dance for Health is the annual dance battle launched by Healthway Medical to encourage corporations to join its advocacy in promoting a healthy lifestyle among Filipino employees. According to Carmie De Leon, vice president for sales and marketing of Healthway Medical, employers need to put a premium on their employees’ health for them to become more productive at work and at home. “Being healthy brings a lot of advantages not only to individuals but also to the whole workforce,” De Leon said. “That’s why when we launched the Dance for Health, we had corporations in mind—we want employers to put value on the health benefits of exercising and how this activity can improve their employees’ productivity.” De Leon said that the Dance For Health competition was first launched to celebrate the company’s anniversary. Now, “we decided to make it a full-blown advocacy for Healthway to easily reach out to corporations and encourage them to move to a healthier lifestyle.” Eight different teams from some of the country’s biggest corporations danced their way to win this year’s Dance for Health championship crown. The judges were Elijah Africa, a freelance yoga instructor in major hotels such as DusitThani Manila and Makati Shangri-La Hotel; Jill Ngo, one of the country’s top belly dancers; and Mark Angeles, a licensed Zumba fitness instructor in the Philippines. Power Dance Company of Powered IOX Events and Entertainment Production bagged third place and received PhP25,000. Meanwhile, the IOX Dance Crew of Powered IOX Marketing Services won second place and received PhP40,000 and special Healthway merchandise. The 30-year-old Chicco Cleofe, the lead dancer for Indak 7, said that the team doubled their effort to defend their championship crown. “Pinaghandaan talaga naming ito. Nagsacrifice talaga kami para makuha yung title. Nagpay-off naman siya. Kaya I’m very happy with Healthway kasi dinaos nila ulit ito. Mas naging fierce lang yung competition kaya tinaasan din naming yung level of confidence at effort namin kasi alam namin na competitive din yung ibang teams na sumali,” Cleofe said.
The Dance for Health 3 is part of Healthway Medical’s Sleep, Eat Right, Exercise and De-stress (S.E.E.D.) campaign, which aims to raise the bar in promoting a healthy lifestyle among Filipinos. De Leon concluded, “Employers are expected to be more proactive in helping their employees maintain a holistic well-being because this makes them more productive. More importantly, keeping your employees healthy also makes them happier, and happy people are always passionate about their jobs and life, in general. At Healthway Medical, we help make Filipino employees do their best in the healthiest way possible.”
He continued, “Kaya salamat talaga sa Healthway sa pag-initiate ng ganitong event. Sana ipagpatuloy niyo pa ito para mas marami kayong mapasaya at matulungan. Ang ganda kasi eh, it’s for a good cause: to promote healthy living talaga lalo na sa mga tulad naming magdamag nasa office. Sa lahat ng nagtiwala samin, maraming salamat and see you again next year.”
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