$6,000 Donated to Local Nonprofits
DENVER, May 20, 2015 –Weigh and Win has announced the winners of its annual ‘Spring into Action’ Team Challenge, a three month, statewide competition helping participants achieve weight loss and personal health goals through competition and social support. More than 270 teams across Colorado competed in two categories: average percentage of weight lost and HEALTHpoints accrued (earned for program participation).
Prizes have been awarded to the top three teams in each category, as well as a $1,000 charitable donation made on each winning team’s behalf to a nonprofit of their choice. This year’s donation recipients include the American Cancer Society, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless and Food Bank of the Rockies. Previous recipients include the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver and Habitat for Humanity. Nonprofit donations are provided by Kaiser Permanente.
“I’m a single mom, I don’t have the money to donate myself,” said Weigh and Win 2015 ‘Spring into Action’ Team Challenge winner Desiree Amaro. “Being able to make that big of a donation was sincerely rewarding.”
Team Challenge Winners: Weight Improvement
First Place: Freedom Fat Fighters – 11.94 percent weight improvement (Aurora)
Second Place: Hungry, Hungry Hippos – 10.98 percent weight improvement (Longmont)
Third Place: Team Heckle – 9.25 percent weight improvement (statewide)
Team Challenge Winners: HEALTHpoints
First Place: 3 Chicks & a Jay Bird – 8,705 HEALTHpoints (Aurora)
Second Place: FITBITches – 8,081.6 HEALTHpoints (Denver)
Third Place: Dragon House – 7,577.25 HEALTHpoints (Northglenn)
The average weight improvement for a successful Weigh and Win participant after one year in the program is 17.7 pounds or an 8 percent weight loss. For those who participate in the Team Challenge, the average weight lost is 16 percent more than a general Weigh and Win participant; a Team Challenge captain loses 26 percent more weight.
Recent research by the 2009 Shape Up Rhode Island (SURI) campaign suggests that individuals who engage in higher levels of teammate social influence increase their odds of achieving a clinically significant weight loss by 20 percent.
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. Participants receive fitness and nutrition plans, a weekly grocery list and unlimited access to health coaches over the phone or email. Cash incentives are provided for those with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or greater, as well as other prizes for those who begin the program with a healthy BMI.
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. Weigh and Win has 68community kiosk locations statewide. A map of all partners and kiosk locations can be found here.
The next Team Challenge will take place Aug. 1 – Oct. 31, 2015. Participants must sign up for a free Weigh and Win account prior to joining the challenge. Create or join a team beginning Aug. 1, or any time after, by visiting www.weighandwin.com/TeamChallenge.
For questions, contact Weigh and Win at email@example.com or 303-694-8007.