Gym offers companies chance to tighten their belts for charity
Workers are being encouraged to fight the flab and add weight to the Operation Santa Claus appeal.
The Fitness First gym is challenging companies to sign up their employees for a three-month get-fit contest in the hope of raising $200,000 to help the 12 beneficiaries of the annual appeal.
The challenge will give entrants free use of the chain's seven fitness centres at weekends and enrol them in a programme that will include exercise classes.
Fitness First managing director Kent Richards said that by joining, companies could help Operation Santa Claus and help their employees become healthier at the same time.
'The economy is not very good, so what we are saying is get fit. That way you can tighten your belts literally by losing inches, improve your health and improve your company's productivity,' he said.
Companies will each pay a registration fee of $10,000 - which will be tax deductible - to sign up as many employees as they wish before January 15. All registration fees must be paid by that date and will go to Operation Santa Claus.
The participants will then have their body fat measured and an average body fat percentage for each company calculated.
Staff from Fitness First will follow the progress of the entrants, offering advice, presentations and regular free exercise classes. They will also receive motivation tips and help by e-mail.
The company that records the highest percentage loss of body fat at the end of the three months will win the challenge, along with a trophy and prizes.
For further details and registration form, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.