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Congratulations to Our Outstanding Partners in Health!

Community partners allow Weigh and Win to impact the health of over 102,000+ Coloradans. We have seen thousands of photographed transformations, awarded over $700,000 in cash rewards, and have heard life-changing stories of impact from our participants across the state.

We asked our participants to nominate their favorite weigh-in location.

Congratulations to the top 10 weigh-in locations.

  1. Aurora Central Library – Winner!
  2. Mountain Family Health Centers
  3. Lutheran Medical Center
  4. Buchanan Park Recreation Center
  5. Canon City Recreation District
  6. American Furniture Warehouse
  7. East Morgan County Hospital
  8. Bob Burger Recreation Center
  9. Northwest Colorado Health
  10. Longmont Public Library

Thank you to all our valuable partners across Colorado.

A few notes from our participants to our partners!

“Thank you for offering this kiosk in such a centralized location. I not only come to American Furniture Warehouse to buy couches and lamps, I come to improve my health.”

“Thanks for providing space for a Weigh and Win kiosk. My husband and I come once a week to weigh-in and now frequently eat lunch from your cafeteria.”

“The mobile kiosk makes weighing-in easy. It came to my place of work and I could weigh myself early and be at work at the same time!”

“Thanks for offering this at the library. I can weigh in and grab a few educational tools while I am at it!”

“Thanks for offering this at the YMCA. I used to come just to weigh in, but then I checked out what Silver Sneakers was. I’m now usually here every MWF morning.”

“Thanks for being here! I have lost lots of weight, gained $60, and a whole new confidence!”

Weigh and Win Hosts 3rd Annual Summit, “Collaborating for Change” with Kaiser Permanente, the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Other Industry Leaders

On Sept. 13, 2017, digital health company incentaHEALTH, hosted Colorado community health initiative Weigh and Win’s 3rd Annual Summit, “Collaborating for Change.” The day brought together healthcare leaders, nationwide influencers and Kaiser Permanente leadership for a full agenda of interactive workshops, panels and facilitated networking. The event focused on collaboration and our changing health care dynamic.

Weigh and Win “Outstanding Partner in Health” Award Finalists

Since 2011, Weigh and Win has been working with local innovative organizations to help improve the health of Colorado. We want to recognize the work that our amazing partners are 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.

 

Way to Go, Colorado! Weigh and Win Data Shows: You are Losing Weight, and Keeping it off!

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MEDIA CONTACT: Kaytee Long | Health Promotion Manager| O: 303-694-8012 |C: 30­­3-619-8571 | klong@weighandwin.com

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Coloradans are Losing Weight, and Keeping it off  

Civic Health Program Weigh and Win Begins its 6th Year with 75,000 Enrollments and $480,000 Earned by Participants in Cash Rewards

App and Home Scale Option Set to Launch fall of 2016

DENVER, June 22, 2016 – incentaHEALTH’s Colorado civic health program, Weigh and Win, is entering its sixth year of statewide programming with 75,000 participants. Thanks to a continued partnership with Kaiser Permanente, daily health coaching and cash rewards for weight loss will continue to be offered for free to Colorado residents 18 and over. Through behavioral economics and gamification, the behavior change program has helped Coloradans lose over 240,000 pounds since it was initially offered in 2011.

Successful participants achieve and maintain an average weight loss of 20.4 pounds over a 36 month period. An average enrollee begins their journey at more than 50 pounds overweight. As an outcome-based platform, Weigh and Win proves that it is possible to lose weight, and keep it off.

Weigh and Win 3 year weight loss graph

“Our innovative programming has instilled sustainable behavior change for the masses,” said Lia Schoepke, Weigh and Win Program Manager. “The original goal in the first year was to enroll 3,000 participants, a goal we surpassed four times over. Now that we have reached 75,000 enrollments, more Coloradans than ever are reducing their risks of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, the need for certain medications, and some are even able to work for the first time in years.”

The average weight loss of a successful participant after one year in the civic health program is 8 percent, or about 18 pounds. To date, 49 percent of participants with two or more weigh-ins have achieved a 5 percent or more weight improvement after six months of involvement in Weigh and Win.

Weigh and Win is supported by Kaiser Permanente and additional community partners, in an effort to encourage healthy eating, active living and behavior change throughout Colorado.

“When this program first launched, we felt strongly that this would draw a lot of interest but we couldn’t predict the extent of its success. Here we are six years later and we’re pleased to see so many Coloradans who have embraced healthy and active lifestyles thanks to Weigh and Win,” said Jandel Allen-Davis, MD, vice president of government, external relations and research for Kaiser Permanente Colorado.

Last year alone, 15,000 Coloradans enrolled in Weigh and Win and 24 new kiosks were installed across the state. In total, 91 community kiosk locations are hosted statewide. A map of all partners and locations can be found at www.weighandwin.com.

In May 2016, Weigh and Win launched the newest version of its iPad app, offering a Spanish language weigh-in experience.  The app is currently live at multiple locations including Bob L. Burger Recreation Center in Lafayette, Denver Health Medical Center, Denver Human Services, Mountain Family Health Center in Glenwood Springs, North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, YMCA of Pueblo and the Yuma District Hospital.

Launching fall 2016, incentaHEALTH will offer the HEALTHspot®-@-Home Scale option, allowing participants to weigh-in from the comfort of their living room. The companion app will include a premium coaching option that provides daily nutrition and exercise plans plus cash incentives for weight loss. The HEALTHspot®-@-Home Scale will be available worldwide on Amazon.

“We are excited to see what the future holds,” said Schoepke.

Weigh and Win’s Second Annual Conference, “Driving Civic Health through Innovation and Collaboration” is set for Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 at the Cherry Hills Country Club. Tickets will be available late July 2016. Interested in becoming part of the movement, attending the conference or bringing the program to your community? Contact info@incentahealth.com.

Sign up for Weigh and Win at www.weighandwin.com or visit a local kiosk location. Text message health coaching is also available in Spanish by texting ‘únase’ to 303-500-1702. For questions, contact Weigh and Win at personal.trainer@weighandwin.com or 303-694-8007.

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Weigh and Win Honored with the City of Denver’s ‘Innovation’ Award

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On April 7, 2016, Mayor Michael B. Hancock joined more than 100 city officials, finalists and community partners to announce the winners of the second annual Denver Healthy Communities Awards. Weigh and Win was awarded the “Public and Environmental Health Innovation Award” by Denver’s Department of Environmental Health at the 2016 Healthy Communities Awards.

photos by Evan Semón                                         Weigh and Win team with Denver Mayor, Michael B. Hancock

Denver Healthy Communities Innovation Award: Designed to recognize individuals and organizations that employ innovative strategies, processes, or technologies to improve public health and/or the environment in Denver.

Launched by Denver Environmental Health in 2015, the Healthy Communities Awards are intended to recognize individuals, as well as public, private, and community organizations working to promote public health and environmental sustainability.

photos by Evan Semón

Additional Links:

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Other Online Mentions:

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Growing Denver

American Towns

*Photo credit: Evan Semón

Not JUST Another Tool to Help You Achieve Your New Year’s Resolution

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MEDIA CONTACT: Kaytee Long | Health Promotion Manager| O: 303-694-8012 |C: 303-619-8571 | klong@weighandwin.com

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Free Resources Help Coloradans Stick to (and Achieve) a New Year’s Resolution

DENVER, Dec. 28, 2015 – Every holiday season, millions of Americans ring in the New Year with a common goal: weight loss. Whether motivation stems from wanting to fit into last year’s jeans or simply wishing to be healthier, data shows “staying fit and healthy” as the top New Year’s resolution of 2015 for Americans, followed closely by “lose weight.” According to a study done at the University of Scranton, of the 45 percent of Americans who usually make New Year’s resolutions, 64 percent maintain them past one month and 46 percent past six months. Only 8 percent of people are actually successful in achieving New Year’s resolution goals.

Living a healthy lifestyle is attainable if a person has access to the correct educational tools and support. In the United States, $40 billion is unnecessarily spent on weight loss every year, a number that could decrease exponentially by utilizing free community resources such as the Weigh and Win program (primarily funded by Kaiser Permanente). Not only would obesity rates decrease, but the amount spent on medications for obesity related ailments such as type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and heart related issues, would follow suit.

“To compliment my healthy living New Year’s resolution, I joined Weigh and Win in January of 2014. My father passed away at 73 and my mother at 78; I had just turned 70,” said Weigh and Win success story Suzanna Spears.  “Weigh and Win was not only a free resource but a daily reminder of the commitment I had made to myself. I have lost weight and built muscle and stamina. People even comment on how I look better.”

Spears has since competed as a walker in 10 5k’s, 9 of which she has taken first place.

“The greatest benefit is knowing that, as I approach my 72nd birthday next month, I am a different person and have improved my quality of life. I still check-in with Weigh and Win daily,” said Spears.

Weigh and Win has helped thousands of Coloradans reach their goals. To date, the program is made up of 70,000 participants. The average weight loss for a successful participant after one year in the program is 17.7 pounds.

“My husband Ron and I were looking at our weight as a barrier for us enjoying life including traveling, going anywhere seats may be too small or where we may have to walk too far,” said Weigh and Win participant Julie Brown. “Since our successes with Weigh and Win, Ron has been taken off full-time oxygen and diabetes medication and is working full-time for the first time in a decade. Weigh and Win made us accountable to our goals while receiving daily, positive reminders, tips and money to boot!”

Weigh and Win is available for free to all Coloradans 18 and over. Sign up for an account today at www.weighandwin.com.

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Craig Daily Press Reports Simple, Healthy Choices from Weigh and Win that Can Make for Healthier Holidays

This holiday season, try getting the whole family involved in healthy activities such as going for walks and runs, participating in fun, family-friendly events like Saturday's Turkey Trot 5k and one-mile Fun Run in Hayden, and choosing healthy treats over the usual holiday indulgences.

Simple, healthy choices can make for healthier holidays

— Endless holiday parties, decadent foods and busy schedules can make the holidays into a health fiasco, but with a little bit of intention and a few good strategies, you can enjoy the season without throwing your health out the window.

Diet and exercise are both important to feeling your best throughout all the merriment, however if staying trim is your main objective, it all starts with what you eat.

“Exercising daily is going to decrease your risk for heart issues and other issues… but it’s equally important to focus on what you’re putting into your body,” said Weigh and Win Health Promotion Manager Kaytee Long, “If you’re working out like a crazy person and eating poorly, you’re not going to achieve your goals.”

Weigh and Win, which has a kiosk located in the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association in Craig, is a free program supported by Kaiser Permanente that incentivizes weight loss and offers participants daily tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The Weigh and Win Holiday Challenge kicked off before Thanksgiving and encourages people to maintain their weight within one pound through the holidays.

“On average, a person will gain one to two pounds during each holiday season. This excess weight is typically never lost which, over time, can add up to a significant weight gain,” according to a Weigh and Win press release.

When it comes to navigating holiday parties and workplace treats, Weigh and Win offers these tips to participants:

• Grab a small plate instead of a big one, even if you’re hungry.

“We found that those with small plates consumed 16 percent less than those with large plates,” Long said.

• Fill at least half your plate with fruits and vegetables before moving onto the more indulgent treats, like meats, cheeses, fried foods or desserts.

• Opt for sparkling water and lemon sometimes instead of rich, alcoholic drinks.

“I think a lot of people are not aware of the calories that are in holiday drinks,” Long said. “A lot of them are cream-based (or sugary) drinks and they can have upwards of 300 to 400 calories per glass, which can put a huge dent in your calorie intake.”

Local runner, teacher and Craig Middle School track and cross-country coach Sara Linsacum tries to stay the course through the holiday seasons by cooking up healthier versions of holiday dishes, setting limits on sweets and getting the family involved.

She and husband Travis Linsacum have made a family tradition of writing their own special workouts for the holidays, and inviting siblings, cousins and kids to join in.

“Include your family. Make it a tradition that you have workouts or a time everyone can go on walks,” Sara Linsacum said. “Growing up, the aunts and uncles would always go for a long walk and I would go out running. I think it’s about fitting it in, but also making it something you can do as a family.”

The annual Turkey Trot is one great way to get the family outside and exercising together over the Thanksgiving weekend. This year’s Turkey Trot 5K and one-mile Fun Run/Walk event, organized by Hayden School District, takes place at 10 a.m. Saturday at Dry Creek Park in Hayden.

Other tips for staying active include getting up from your desk at work at least once per hour to stand or walk around, or park further away when running errands.

“Incorporating small changes into your day and over a consistent amount of time does make a difference,” Long said.

For more information or to sign up, visit www.weighandwin.com.

Contact Lauren Blair at 970-875-1794 or lblair@CraigDailyPress.com or follow her on Twitter @LaurenBNews.

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Incentivized Health and Wellness Program Brought to Consulate General of Mexico in Denver

Mexican_Consulate_Logo_HeaderMEDIA CONTACTS: Kaytee Long | Health Promotion Manager| O: 303-694-8012 |C: 30­­3-619-8571 | klong@weighandwin.com

Ulises Lopez | General Consulate of Mexico in Denver| O: 303-331-1110 ext. 105| ulopezr@sre.gob.mx

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Participants Receive Free Text Message Health Coaching in Spanish and Opportunity to Earn Cash Rewards for Weight Loss

DENVER, June 10, 2015 ­­– In partnership with CREA Results, Weigh and Win has installed its first Spanish language kiosk in Denver at the Ventanilla de Salud located within the Consulate General of Mexico (5350 Leetsdale Dr., #100). In addition, the free, incentivized weight loss platform has added daily Spanish text message coaching to their programming. Topics include fitness, nutrition and motivation. An email address is not required to join the text-to-enroll portion of the program and participants can still qualify for cash incentives. Directions on how to ‘text-to-enroll’ are below.

“The well-being of our community is a never ending mission for the Consulate General of Mexico,” said Consul General Carlos J. Bello. “Prevention is the key aspect in order to avoid health problems, especially among the Hispanic community where diabetes and cardiovascular disease have become common issues. The Consulate General of Mexico in Denver and the Ventanilla de Salud program thank our associates at CREA Results, Servicios de La Raza and Weigh and Win for providing this service to our public.”

How to Text-to-Enroll:

  1. Text ‘unirse’ to (303) 500-1702. Respond with ‘sí’ to confirm.
  2. Complete a weigh-in at any Weigh and Win kiosk location throughout Colorado.
  3. Visit www.weighandwin.com/complete to complete enrollment.

Note: Participants must complete the enrollment process through the link listed above and weigh-in at least once every 90 days to qualify for cash incentives.

Weigh and Win is primarily funded by Kaiser Permanente and offered for free to all Colorado residents 18 and older, providing tailored health coaching via text message and email. Cash incentives are provided for those with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or greater. Progress is tracked through quarterly weigh-ins at community kiosks. The kiosk measures weight, BMI and takes a full-length photograph – providing a visual progress report of weight improvement. Email coaching is currently only available in English.

“This new Spanish-language kiosk marks an important milestone for Weigh and Win,” said Jandel Allen-Davis, MD, vice president of government, external relations and research, Kaiser Permanente Colorado. “Weigh and Win has helped tens of thousands of Coloradans achieve healthier lifestyles. We are proud to be part of this program as it continues to expand and becomes more accessible for the community.”

Weigh and Win has 68 community kiosk locations statewide. A Spanish kiosk experience is also available at the Southeast & Armed Services YMCA in Colorado Springs, with hopes to extend the Spanish platform to additional locations in 2015. A map of all partners and locations can be found here.

For questions, contact Weigh and Win at personal.trainer@weighandwin.com.

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About the Consulate General of Mexico in Denver: The Consulate General of Mexico in Denver has a wide agenda of programs and events that aim to foster and grow the relationship between Colorado and Mexico through the collaboration with its partners while maintaining the closeness with its community. The Consulate General provides documentary, protection, community affair, birth certificates, visa and notarial services. It is located at 5350 Leetsdale Drive, Denver CO 80246. For more information call to 303-331-1110 or visit the website consulmex.sre.gob.mx/denver. Like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

Weigh and Win Announces Partnership with Denver Fire Department

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Kaytee Long | Health Promotion Manager|C: 303-619-8571 | klong@weighandwin.com

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Left to right: Denver Fire Department Lieutenant Shawn Brooks, Weigh and Win Health Coach Mallory McCormick, Denver Fire Department Safety & Training Chief Scott Heiss and Denver Fire Department Public Information Officer Melissa Taylor

Denver Firefighters Participate in Community Wellness Program

DENVER, May 6, 2015 Community health and wellness program Weigh and Win has announced a partnership with the Denver Fire Department to promote healthy eating and active living to employees, employee families and the surrounding community members. A Denver Fire Department sponsored Weigh and Win kiosk will be housed at the Rocky Mountain Fire Academy (5440 Roslyn St., Building F) beginning Friday, May 8, 2015.

“The physical demand placed on firefighters each and every day requires optimum conditioning. Exercise, healthy eating and weight management are key factors in overall wellness,” said Denver Fire Department, Safety & Training Chief Scott Heiss. “We are committed to developing a total wellness program for the members of the Denver Fire Department.”

Weigh and Win, primarily funded by Kaiser Permanente, is offered for free to all Colorado residents 18 and older and provides tailored health coaching via text message and email. Participants receive fitness and nutrition plans, a weekly grocery list, unlimited access to health coaches over the phone or email, cash incentives for those with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or greater and other prizes for participation.

Progress is tracked through quarterly weigh-ins at community kiosks, such as the newly installed location at the Rocky Mountain Fire Academy and 66 other community locations, found here. The kiosk measures weight, BMI and takes a full-length photograph – acting as a visual progress report of participant weight improvement.

“This partnership acts as an invaluable initiative to move the community wellness needle,” said Lia Schoepke, Weigh and Win Program Manager. “The program promises to be an engaging, accessible resource for the health and wellness of Denver firefighters – an integral part of the Denver community. Eventually, we would like to expand this partnership to all Colorado safety professionals.”

QUICK STATS:

  • 61,913+ people enrolled in Weigh and Win.
  • $300,000 in cash rewards given out.
  • 190,352 pounds lost.
  • 67 community kiosk locations statewide. Map of all partners and kiosk locations can be found here.
  • 8 percent weight loss for successful participants after one year in the program.
  • 47 percent of participants with two or more weigh-ins, after six months in the program, have achieved a 5 percent or more weight improvement.

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About Weigh and Win: As a free, first-of-its-kind community program, Weigh and Win utilizes verified weight loss data through patented photographed weigh-ins and provides Colorado adults with access to an effective weight management platform. The program engages participants with rewards tied to measured results and is aimed at decreasing obesity rates. Weigh and Win is based on incentaHEALTH’s scientifically designed and technology based health and wellness program and is primarily funded by Kaiser Permanente, complementingthe organization’s other efforts to increase healthy eating and physical activity throughout the state. As a leader in measurable wellness programs, incentaHEALTH’s system is designed to help organizations and communities reduce their health care costs. The program utilizes gamification by offering incentives to individuals for improving their health. Colorado residents 18 and over can sign up for free and will receive daily coaching on healthy eating and active living by email or text message. The coaching includes tips for weight loss, weekly grocery shopping lists, daily meal plans (supplied by registered dieticians) and daily exercise routines (provided by certified personal trainers). Progress is tracked through quarterly weigh-ins at one of 66 community kiosk locations throughout the state. Success is rewarded with quarterly cash rewards for weight loss and maintenance, as well as monthly prize drawings for participating. Those who begin the program at an unhealthy weight (BMI ≥ 25) qualify for cash rewards.  Sign up for free at http://weighandwin.com/. Follow Weigh and Win on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

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About the Denver Fire Department: Founded in 1866, the Denver Fire Department is dedicated to providing quality, timely and professional emergency services to those who live in, work in, and visit the City and County of Denver and the communities we serve; respecting each other through trust, pride, diversity, integrity, and training; and working together to achieve the highest levels of preparedness, prevention, and community involvement with dedication to purpose. The Denver Fire Department is on Facebook (DenverFireDepartmentCO) and Twitter (@Denver_Fire).

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Why to Stick to the Outer Aisles of Your Local Grocery Store

Take a moment to visualize your local grocery store. Chances are the fruits, vegetables, meat, seafood, dairy and fresh bread sections are all located around the outside perimeter of the store. Sounds like you could make some pretty healthy meals out of these items, right? These fresh foods are generally healthier than most of the items found in the center aisles so this is where you will want to concentrate most of your shopping. When looking at the food choices in the interior aisles they tend to be characterized as “pantry” foods which are typically pre-packaged and more heavily processed to withstand a longer shelf life. However, there are still some instances where it is ok to venture into the inside aisles.

Grocery Store Blog PostAside from finding the most nutrient rich foods, when you stick to the outer perimeter of the store this will also help you avoid any impulse snack buys you tend to purchase when you walk down the center cookie aisle, for example. You may also find that you are more likely to try new healthy foods and incorporate them into a recipe that you’ve wanted to try!

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