WORK in a chocolate factory can have its downsides, particularly weight gain, but more than 400 Mars Chocolate employees will tackle the extra padding when they take part in the Best O’Lake event next Sunday.
After a successful launch in December last year, the second Best O’Lake official event is back with more than 700 walkers, joggers and runners expected take part in the initiative which aims to boost health and fitness levels in the region.
Mars Chocolate health and well-being manager Daniel Thek said the company was proactive in encouraging its employees to adapt a healthy lifestyle.
“We opted to take part in Best O’Lake because it’s a holistic approach to improve fitness and employees now have the option to take control of their health with a measured and effective approach,” Mr Thek said.
The Best O’Lake program sees participants buy a microchip which records their time via in-ground trackers around Lake Wendouree. Participants’ times are recorded every time they pass a tracker, with results grouping runners into categories after the four official events during the year.
Best O’Lake project co-ordinator Ian Bennett said the program wasn’t about beating the person next you, but improving your health and fitness over time.