Want an REI Gift Card?

We’re giving away three $100 REI Gift Cards in August! Want to win one? Earn 300 or more HEALTHpoints this month and you will automatically be entered into the drawing. For more information on HEALTHpoints, log into your Weigh and Win account and click on the ‘HEALTHpoints & Prizes’ tab. Good luck!

 

Congratulations to the July winners of $75 Amazon Gift Cards:

  • Rachel – Firestone
  • Alton – Denver
  • Gloria – Thornton
  • Willie – Denver

Join the Fall Back Into Fitness Team Challenge

Fall Back into Fitness with the Weigh and Win Team Challenge!
Get healthy, have fun and win great prizes!

JOIN

Join or create a team of 4-8 people and compete between August 1 -October 31. Don’t have enough people to create a team? Visit our Team Challenge Facebook Group to connect with others.

COMPETE

Compete in one of two categories:
• Most Average Weight Improvement (%)
• Most Average HEALTHpoints (participation)

TRACK

Work together as a team to get healthier and fall back into fitness and healthy habits. Watch your team’s progress in real-time on the Team Challenge Leaderboard.

WIN

Top three teams in both categories win amazing prizes and a $1,000 donation to a Colorado-based non-profit of their choice.

WEIGHT IMPROVEMENT TEAM CHALLENGE PRIZES:

1st Place Team: incentaHEALTH Smart Scale ($129)
2nd Place Team: $60 Nike Gift Card
3rd Place Team: $35 Amazon Gift Card

HEALTHPOINTS TEAM CHALLENGE PRIZES:

1st Place Team: $30 Target Gift Card
2nd Place Team: Bluetooth Headphones ($22)
3rd Place Team: On-the-Go Salad Container ($18)

New to the Team Challenge?

July HEALTHpoints Drawing

Earn 300 or more HEALTHpoints in July and you will be automatically entered to win one of four $75 Amazon Gift Cards.

You can buy yourself some new workout clothes, a healthy cookbook, an activity tracker – the options are endless!

 

Congratulations to the June HEALTHpoints winners of bikes.

  • Yolanda – Denver
  • Linda – Longmont
  • Nereida – Thornton

Weigh and Win “Outstanding Partner in Health” Award

About the Award

Weigh and Win is looking to recognize our leading community health partners. Since 2011, Weigh and Win has been working with local innovative organizations to help improve the health of Colorado. Whether you have been a partner for six years or six months, we want to recognize the work that you’re doing. Weigh and Win has been  partnering in Colorado communities for six years, engaging more than 90,000 people and helping them achieve an average 8% weight improvement because of our Outstanding Partners in Health, like you!

Click here for the application.

Application Process

Submit your online application by July 31, 2017. Weigh and Win staff members will select up to five finalists by August 7, 2017 based solely on the content of the application. A finalist video will be created in tandem with Weigh and Win staff to be shown at the Weigh and Win Conference on September 13, 2017. The winner will be selected by a leadership review committee and announced at the conference.

Application Questions:

  1. Why is impacting community health important to your organization?
  2. How have you utilized Weigh and Win to create a healthy change within your community?
    (Ideas could include promotional strategies, program integration, etc.)
  3. How do you measure your community’s success with Weigh and Win?
  4. Tell us a story about someone in your community who is benefiting from the program.

What are the Benefits of Sharing Your Story?

  • All applicants and success stories will be featured on the Weigh and Win website.
  • Finalists will receive recognition in front of their peers at the annual Weigh and Win conference on September 13, 2017.
  • The Weigh and Win team will create a short video for all finalists showcasing the organization’s success with the program. Each finalist will receive a copy of the video for promotional and educational purposes.
  • The winner will receive recognition at the annual Weigh and Win Conference, a commemorative plaque and co-branded swag.

Do you have questions about the Weigh and Win “Outstanding Partner in Health” Award? Contact Lia Schoepke at lschoepke@weighandwin.com or 303-694-8012.

 

 

 

5 Easy, Healthy Summer Goals

 

The days are longer, the weather is warm and fresh fruit and vegetables are abundant. Summer is a great time to commit to healthy behaviors. Here are five easy, healthy summer goals to accomplish. Let’s make this summer your healthiest one yet!

1 | Challenge Yourself

Set a health goal outside your comfort zone: join a running group, hike a 14er, try a new exercise class, walk every day – the options are endless.

2 | Cook Colorfully

Strawberries, zucchini, tomatoes, watermelon – there’s an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. Make your meals as colorful as possible.

3 | Disconnect for a Day

According to a study, 20 percent of smart phone users check their phone every 10 minutes! Take an entire day and disconnect from technology.

4 | Get Outside Every Day

Don’t let summer slip away, make it a point to get outside every day and do something active. Try a daily lunchtime or post-dinner walk.

5 | Make H2O Your Go-To

Drinking water is a healthy habit to maintain, especially during the summer. Make H20 your go-to beverage of choice. Try a refreshing fruit infused water for a treat!

My Weight Loss Story: Carletta

I have always been big. Growing up I would I would hear people say, “oh, she is just big boned” or “it runs in the family.”  As I got older I continued to get bigger. When I was in junior high/high school I was wearing 26w & 28w clothes. I eventually got so big that I was wearing 5x & 6x bottoms and 3x & 4x tops. I hated shopping for clothes because it was hard to find anything big enough to fit. I had begun to have a friend make my clothes.

Most of my family is on the heavy side, but out of all of us, I was the biggest. 

As a family, we tried several diets and weight loss programs.  I would lose a few pounds here and there but eventually we would quit and I would gain it all back and then some.

My real weight loss journey started in October 2011 when I started the Weigh and Win program.  My sister-in-law and I decided to take her kids to the rec center.  We happened to run into some of our friends while they were there working out. They were really excited to show us the Weigh and Win kiosk; how it worked, how to sign up and how it tracks weight loss progress.  We signed up that day.  Getting paid to lose weight was a real motivator for me!

When I signed up and weighed in for the first time that day I weighed in at 390.2 pounds; severely overweight.

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The Weigh and Win program gave me the jump-start that I needed to start losing weight. I loved that I could see the progress I was making.  When we found out about the Team Challenges we started getting involved in those. I am very motivated by competition and hate to lose. To be able to see our team climb up the ladder would just push me to work even harder. Getting paid to lose weight was probably the biggest motivator though. My first year in Weigh and Win I hit the 25% weight loss, and got paid the $105 at the end of my one-year. That was great, but not good enough for me! The second year I set a personal goal to make it past the 30% mark and get the $150 payment.  And I did it!

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Everyone asks me how I did it and what my secret was. There are really only three things that helped me to succeed.

First, I was never on any special diet. Diets have never worked for me in the past because I felt limited, and would eventually give up.  I would watch what I would eat and eat smaller portions, but if I wanted to eat something I did.  Gum has been a huge lifesaver! I chew it a lot because it helps curb my appetite and desire to eat more.

Secondly, I would make small goals, not big unreachable goals. I would make a goal of 15 pounds a month, or that I wanted to hit a certain percentage of weight loss by my birthday or the first of the year.  My brother has been working out with me a lot and one goal I had was to weigh less than him.  He really made me work for it, but I finally did it!  I hate to lose or let others down, so I always told others my goals so that I had someone to help me remember my goals and not let me slack.

Last, and certainly the most important, is the support I have gotten from those around me. I never would have made it this far without all of my family, friends, and even people I don’t even know that have encouraged me to keep going and not stop. My friends and family have gone to workout with me and helped encourage my eating habits and changes. When I would get down or depressed and think I was not making any progress they would remind me how far I have come and motivate me to keep going. With their helped I have completed two 5k races (one being “The Rugged Maniac” obstacle course), overcome a lot of personal obstacles, changed my way of living, become a better person, and lost 180 pounds!  When I weighed in at the end of my two year mark with Weigh and Win the end of October I was 209.6 with a total weight loss of 180.6, and I owe all this to the love, support and encouragement that everyone has shown me.

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Fitspiration Friday: Myrna F. Success Story

I started my weight loss journey two and a half years ago at 225 pounds. After a year and a half, I hit a weight loss plateau and that’s when I found out about Weigh and Win.

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Weigh and Win helped me with healthy eating tips and exercise ideas. The emails kept me moving forward on my goal and helped me break through my plateau. I’m less than ten pounds away from my goal weight now and I even got paid to lose weight.

Myrna Before and After

My advice for anyone just starting their journey is: do not give up. Even if you don’t lose the weight as fast as you want, just keep moving forward. Hard work pays off. You will see the results if you stick with it.

Win a Bike in June!

Enjoy the rest of the summer riding on your new bike! Earn 300 or more HEALTHpoints in June and you will be automatically entered into the drawing to win one of three bikes we are giving away.

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Congratulations to the May HEALTHpoints winners of Garmin Vivosmart 3 Activity Trackers!

  • Shalee – Golden
  • Cathy – La Junta

Five Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep

Do you find yourself feeling drowsy or unmotivated during the day? Do you rely on extra caffeine or energy drinks just to carry yourself through? And what about sugar—do you tend to reach for it more often just because you feel unmotivated or without any energy? These are all common responses, particularly in the American diet and day-to-day living where we tend to be busy most of the time. Unfortunately these habits are not long-term fixes to this ongoing cycle. Instead, insufficient or poor-quality sleep is likely to blame.

According to health professionals at the NIH, “sleep is essential for emotional well-being, healthy brain function, physical health, and day-to-day safety and basic function.” You may have noticed this from pulling those all-nighters back in college, working long hours, or even during long road trips. The impact this can have on us is considerable and recovery, well sometimes that’s not as attainable as we would like it to be! But we’re here to help you find a better solution for better sleep. Try a few of these tips out the next time you are looking to get some extra ZZZZZZ’s.

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1 | Get yourself on a healthy routine.

Determine the best time for you to get sleep. Is a 10pm to 6am schedule best for you? Maybe you tend to get an extra burst of energy at night and going to bed after midnight is best for your schedule. Whatever the ideal hours may be, make sure you stick with them! And, make sure you are aiming for at least 7 hours of restful sleep to get adequate rest and recovery. This may take time and diligence- you may even find you occasionally have to say ‘no’ to some evening plans, but the long-term benefits will be well worth it!

2 | Practice relaxation before bed.

Many of us unwind in front of a computer, or with a good movie or TV after work or dinner. This can be OK in moderation, but keep in mind that that added screen time can really impact our ability to relax and fall into that deep slumber we yearn for. Instead, try reading or listening to relaxing music. Opt for a warm bath or some soothing tea, such as chamomile or tulsi. Add some lavender to the air—think candles, essential oil, lotion, or find a fresh lavender plant to keep by your bedside. Lavender is naturally relaxing and can help to support the parasympathetic nervous system, which is what kicks into gear during stages of relaxation.

3 | Get plenty of physical activity during the day.

Regular physical activity helps keep the circulatory, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems healthy. But, did you know, it also supports healthy brain function, including our wake-sleep patterns?? This is great news for those of us that find sleep is impaired due to stress or even depression. Exercise is stimulating so make sure to finish any vigorous exercises approximately 3-4 hours before bedtime. And things like yoga, tai chi, and qi gong are all excellent modes of activity that can be done before bed for additional relaxation.

4 | Avoid over-caffeinating.

While it seems like an easy solution to fix those bouts of energy lulls and exhaustion, caffeine consumed out of moderation can actually interfere with normal sleep cycles. According to the Mayo Clinic, up to 400mg of caffeine is considered “safe for most healthy adults.” That’s equal to approximately 4 cups of coffee. However, keep in mind that caffeine can also be found in energy drinks, green, black, and some white teas, yerba mate (a type of South American tea), and chocolate. And not everyone responds the same to caffeine, so if you find you are sensitive to this ingredient, try cutting down or eliminating it completely. Also, avoid consuming too late in the day as it can interfere with normal sympathetic/parasympathetic function by being over-stimulating.

5 | Make sleep a priority.

Lastly, sleep is something we all need, so make sure it is at the top of your priorities each day. Whether you need to set yourself a reminder or just get in the habit of winding down by a certain hour, just be sure it’s a focal point of your evening. Learn the things that help you to de-stress and relax. Determine the times you eat and consume beverages in the evenings. And, make it a habit to avoid those things that interfere with falling and staying asleep (e.g., alcohol, thinking about a recent or past negative situation, worrying about the day ahead, being surrounding by too much noise or light, and eating too much sugar before bed). These activities and thoughts are distracting and are not necessary at this time, so find a practice that helps you to let go of these things. For example, if you find your mind is very active in the evenings and that you tend to dwell on the day’s events, try instead to lie on your back, close your eyes and imagine you are in a peaceful place. Maybe it’s a beach or the mountains, maybe there’s a stream nearby or gentle rain. Maybe you are surrounded by beautiful flowers or that you are surrounded by soft sand. Imagine the sounds and the smells of your surrounding in this peaceful place. Imagine that time doesn’t exist and that you are entitled to this moment. Breathe slowly and deeply and allow yourself to drift into this place. If you find your mind wandering, just bring it back to this place and continue to breathe. This takes practice, but once you get it down, it can really help to get you into the right mode for sleep. Above all else, allow yourself the time and effort that sleep deserves and the benefits will astound you!

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