WATA, Wellness and Hurricane Prep with Fitness Coach Kamila McDonald

Persons who are overweight tend to overthink the weight loss and wellness process and get bogged down with gym membership fees, starvation diets, fat-burning tablets and other ideas, when sometimes one of the simple things that can be done immediately with little effort is ensuring that they are hydrated by drinking enough water. According to a recent study, some 50% of Jamaicans are dehydrated, which explains why so many are also overweight! However, thanks to the efforts of the WATA brand in Jamaica, efforts are being made to increase the hydration of Jamaicans and place hundreds on a path to wellness and weight management.

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Over the past 4 years, WATA Ambassador and Fitness Coach Kamila McDonald and other guest instructors have been leading the WATA Wellness family of approximately 100 persons every first and third Wednesday through various workout activities free of cost. Interestingly, the workouts are innovatively done with WATA bottles. “When I first started working with them (WATA), I thought, how cool would it be if you could use WATA bottles as weights? So we started using 1.5 litre and 5 litre WATA bottles during our workouts,” she told Family and Faith Magazine, beaming.

Plus as brawta each member receives their ‘workout WATA’ to go home, which is a great way for them to stock up during the current hurricane season. Of course September has seen some of the most intense storms during the season and Kamila recommends that Jamaicans stock up on a few 5 litre bottles of WATA in order to stay hydrated during the season, especially during water lock offs or simply to ensure that they are consuming clean potable WATA. Each person in your home needs at least 5 gallons of water over a 3-day period to stay hydrated.

Reflecting on the impact of the WATA Wellness Programme over the years, Kamila declares that “it has been a blessing. Through the WATA wellness programme, I know that I am fulfilling my purpose on earth. We have 1 member who has lost over 100 pounds by committing to the monthly workouts and you have women feeling more confident about themselves,” shared the bubbly fitness expert. She added that working with the WATA brand “fits so authentically into what I do in my life, which is teach people to be the healthiest version of themselves which you can’t do without proper hydration,” she explained, emphasizing that the most important aspect of being healthy is being and staying hydrated.

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For her personal regime, Kamila tries to get in 3 litres of water each day, which is two 1.5 litre WATA bottles. She espouses the adage that ‘water is life’ and points out that water in the human body lubricates joints, protects organs and helps with lethargy. And for those who don’t quite like the bland taste, she suggests adding a favourite fruit or vegetable such as oranges, cucumbers or lemons to your WATA beverage. The health guru also advised that sometimes when persons say they are hungry, sometimes they are simply dehydrated.

No doubt Kamila and the WATA Wellness Family will continue to spur Jamaicans on to a better version of themselves as they stay committed to hydration and wellness over the long haul. For more information about WATA’s Wellness Family connect with them via Facebook or send an email to watawellness@wisynco.com.

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Family & Faith Magazine Marks First Anniversary with Fun Summer Edition

FFM JuneQuarterly Christian publication, Family and Faith Magazine will mark its first anniversary in June 2016. Published by Breadknife Productions with the support of loyal sponsors the Jamaica Broilers Group and Digicel Jamaica, the magazine has received outstanding reviews from thousands of readers all across Jamaica, the Caribbean, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and many other countries. Below are comments from readers on popular magazine articles over the past year; articles that were discussing matters of faith, love and relationships:

“I would say I haven’t gotten the happily ever after I had hoped for…..almost 21 years ago. But reading these family stories, I am so encouraged to seek God’s will for my life – separated and single parent. I can be fulfilled even in my current status. I need to surrender all to Him!” – Karen

“Very inspiring story … I was encouraged in my own faith walk; thank you for making these type of “local” miracles known – i.e. God is also working in our own Jamaica.” – Keith

“It’s 1:31am and I am up reading …these real life story has really touched my heart …” – Carla

“Quite touching piece. You are an inspiration to others who feels that they are alone with all the negative feedbacks that others have to offer. People sometimes gives up when they feel that they are alone and have no support but because love is blind you have proven to others it’s not what you see but how you feel straight from the heart.” – Maranique

Editorial Director and Founder, Shelly-Ann Harris is thankful for the support the magazine has received over the past year. “It’s been a year since the debut of our glossy magazine format and we are thankful for our hardworking production team, our loyal readers, our partnership with the Gleaner Company and of course our dedicated sponsors Jamaica Broilers group and Digicel Jamaica. To God be glory, great things He has enabled us to do together,” expressed Harris.

The magazine’s main sponsors also had words of commendation for the publication. “We are thrilled to be a part of Family and Faith Magazine. This publication explores and in fact, celebrates what is right with Jamaica,” the Jamaica Broilers Group shared in a statement.

“Digicel is happy to be a part of a magazine that promotes wholesome family living. The values that the articles instill will only serve to have a positive impact on the readers,” notes Elon Parkinson, Head of Public Relations at Digicel Jamaica.

The summer edition of the magazine will be inserted in select copies of the Gleaner in Kingston on Monday, May 30, 2016 and will also be available (for sale) at Fontana Pharmacies islandwide. The digital and web versions also become available on the same date. The theme for the summer edition is fun and features a front page Editor’s Choice story on the exceptional Jewel Resorts; exciting summer activities for kids plus stories of faith from known actress Camille Davis and sensational songstress Samantha Gooden.

Access the FREE digital copy of our summer edition here => Summer Fun!