In an interview with The Manila Times, Jared De Guzman, Watsons Director for Customer Division explained, “We stopped Watsons Race for Wellness back in 2017 but after that, we have conducted different types of events focusing on health, wellness and beauty that were equally as engaging. This 2023, Watsons Race for Wellness is back which is the perfect way to start our 1, 000 ways to wellness campaign also in time for our 20th anniversary this year.”
The executive said the wellness campaign’s ultimate goal is to encourage everyone toward a healthy journey.
“Good health is a right and is needed to lead happy and productive lives. It, however, requires effort and making the right lifestyle choices. Watsons makes it easier by making health and wellness products, services, and information accessible to all,” he added.
With the Race for Wellness, participants chose between the 5K, 10K, and 21K categories, all of which have surprises along the routes. Runners were energized by drum beaters and cheerers as they go through Pinoy-themed and Wellness zone obstacles. Apart from these, foam and water fest stations were also set up.
Kim Atienza and Geneva Cruz were spotted having fun while keeping up with the challenges, while an awarding ceremony was held for all the category finishers who completed the race in the shortest time possible.
Medical Associations namely, Philippine Foundation for Vaccination (PFV), Philippine Physical Therapy Association (PPTA), and Philippine Alliance of Patient Organizations (PAPO) were present at the event to bring their support and amplify the call for health and wellness.
Cancer survivors from the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) have also participated and raced for their continued wellness. Watsons has always promoted and provided access to holistic health and wellness solutions, expert care, advice, and a platform for health literacy. The health and beauty retailer accomplishes this through its competitively-priced and complete range of vitamins, supplements, over-the-counter or prescription medicines, personal care products, and other essentials.
Customers can access these products through Watsons’ network of over 1,000 stores in the Philippines, all staffed by pharmacists and specialists qualified to give expert care and advice. The Watsons Health Hub is an online one-stop shop that offers subscription plans, laboratory and diagnostic tests, tele-consultations, and more.
Watsons also makes it easier to access medicines and other essentials. Customers can purchase and pick up their orders from their selected store in 30 minutes or less through Click & Collect Express, or receive it at their doorstep through the Home Delivery Express.
Lastly, Watsons drives health and wellness literacy through information and education programs, in partnership with the DOH and medical associations.
When asked what’s next after Race for Wellness, De Guzman shared, “At Watsons, we recognize that health and wellness come in different forms, thus we strive to cater to various interests and needs. Today, it is about running, but in the coming months it could be about biking, dancing, practicing mental wellness, and the list goes on.
“This Summer, for example, we’ll be focusing on how Watsons can be every Filipino’s partner when it comes to their complete health and wellness summer essentials. There’s a lot in store that we’re excited to share soon. And it’s all in line with our goal to create an accessible and inclusive space for health,” he ended.
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