It was a great experience for the winners of the Fat to Fit Challenge and their families when they were treated to fine dining by the romantic ambience of The Brasserie Restaurant, St. Regis Hotel at KL Sentral on 29 August 2018. Renowned Celebrity Chef Daniel Green, our Fat to Fit Challenge Ambassador flew in especially for the occasion to prepare a sumptuous gourmet dinner for the 15 guests.
As of March this year, Ahmad Radhi A Manaf from Account and Service Management division; Michele Lum and Daniel Chan from Strategic Communications division; and M Firdaus A Khalil from Human Resources division applied self-discipline and unwavering commitment towards making healthier food choices while incorporating exercise into their daily lives. Their reward – winning PETRONAS ICT’s FAT to FIT Challenge (F2F) and together with their families being treated to a four-course gourmet meal specially prepared by Daniel Green.
Joining the winners at the dinner and congratulating them for their outstanding efforts was PETRONAS Group Chief Information Officer and PETRONAS ICT Chief Executive Officer Redza Goh. Redza commented that F2F was a commendable initiative designed to help PETRONAS ICT employees live healthier lives. The challenge attracted 151 employees and focused on a two-pronged approach addressing MESTIfit4health’s elements of M - Move Right and E - Eat Right.
PETRONAS Group Chief Information Officer and PETRONAS ICT Chief Executive Officer Redza Goh (standing, second from left) and Celebrity Chef Daniel Green (standing, third from left) pose with winners of the Group ICT's FAT to FIT Challenge and their families.
Daniel Green demonstrated that healthy food could also be delicious. All it takes is a little bit of creativity. His food philosophy boils down to four simple rules: (i) no cheese (ii) no butter (iii) no cream (iv) no deep fried and (v) low carbs. Anyone can spin a delicious meal while keeping within the boundaries of Daniel’s prescribed philosophy.
In talking to the winners, the consensus was that, overall, they felt better and were more energetic, they lost fat, gained muscle mass and learnt how to make healthier food choices. One can say that the winners demonstrated the cultural belief FOCUSED EXECUTION by making a conscious effort to abide by the food rules and changing their dietary habits.
To facilitate M – Move Right, we had the Global Challenge which is a 100-day walking challenge which commenced on 23 May. In the Global Challenge, Group ICT employees were challenged to do 10,000 steps daily over the challenge period. They grouped themselves into teams of seven participants and pitched themselves against 40,000 other teams from around the globe staying true to the “Global” theme. The beauty of the challenge was that exercise is incidental and incorporated into the workday naturally. For example, one could opt for public transport which requires that we walk from the LRT station to the office, or park a little further and take the staircase up to increase our step count.
Daniel Green (standing on the right) personally served the guests dishes from the four-course gourmet meal that he prepared.
“We wanted to enhance the experience for everyone at Group ICT, taking it to the next level by imparting knowledge when it comes to food choices and encouraging daily exercise while staying true to the key themes of MESTI Fit4Health,” said Michele Lum, PETRONAS ICT Chief Leadership Officer and Head of Strategic Communications.
Throughout the programme, participants were aided by the Global Challenge app to track their fitness, the F2F Challenge channel on myExplorer that shares tips on health and moving right, weekly episodes of Daniel Green’s healthy food and lifestyle choices, as well as updates on MESTIfit4health and the Global Challenge from around the world.
Additionally, there were also talks by Daniel Green and John Garrido, the Regional Director of Virgin Pulse. They both shared personal stories, insights and healthy lifestyle tips. Encouragingly, at the end of the 100-day Global Challenge on 31 August 2018, the participants achieved a total of 171,933,281 steps covering a distance of 110,037 kilometres.