Making Health Rewarding: Effectiveness of Incentives

Weigh and Win is intended to be a scalable, affordable program that offers an incentivizing wellness program to the community. The Weigh and Win team recently attended the 10th Annual Executive Forum on Rewarding Healthy Behaviors to showcase the program while learning of others working towards the same initiatives. Among the many notable attendees, Jeffrey T. Kullgren, MD, MS, MPH presented his study at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia surrounding financial incentives for weight loss. The study focused on a population of employees at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with a BMI of 30-40 kg/m2.  Participants were then divided into three groups; an individual incentive for meeting weight loss goals, a group incentive for meeting weight loss goals, and a control group receiving no incentive. Participant weight measurements were taken after 24 weeks and 36 weeks. The study even uses the same HEALTHspot kiosks from incentaHEALTH that Weigh and Win uses for our community wellness program. The results indicated that group-incented participants lost the most weight, but individually incentivized participants maintained the greatest weight loss.

Weigh and Win offers both group incentives and individual incentives. In fact, we find that participants are more successful with their initial weight loss when involved in a group, and we also see stable engagement rates among individuals within the program. Below is a cohort report for Weigh and Win’s participants as of 12/31/2013. You will see in blue the population size is 27,742 people, and how many people have earned each tier of incentives.

Incentives

 

The image below illustrates the success our participants enrolled in the Team Challenge, a group-incentivized program feature of Weigh and Win, for the same cohort of participants (n=27,742).

Team Challenge Stats

Weigh and Win is in its 4th Program Year and has 45,000 enrollments to date.  Are you interested in the program?  Check out www.WeighAndWin.com to enroll or find a kiosk near you!

Written by: Lia Schoepke, Program Manager

Paying for Weight Loss Produces Results

Weigh and Win Stats

Weigh and Win program helps Coloradans
improve their health with incentives

DENVER – In the three years since the program began, Weigh and Win has helped Coloradans lose more than 125,000 pounds and distributed $220,000 in cash rewards. Weigh and Win is a free community program for all Colorado residents that pays cash rewards for weight improvement and maintenance.

In 2013, Weigh and Win had over 67,000 weigh-ins completed, integrated with Fitbit activity trackers, and enrolled over 12,000 new participants for a total of 45,000 Coloradans enrolled to-date. To improve community kiosk access, eight new kiosk locations were added for a total of 49 locations throughout Colorado from Grand Junction to Pueblo to Brush.

Studies have shown that weight loss programs with financial incentives produce better results. Group incented participants lose the most weight, while individually incentivized participants maintain the greatest weight loss over time. Weigh and Win harnesses the motivation of incentives with both an individual incentive weight loss program, as well as group weight loss challenge opportunities.

“We are continuously expanding our opportunities to engage our participants and partners,” says Lia Schoepke, Weigh and Win Program Manager. “We offer group incentives with our Team Challenge feature, a program component that rewards prizes and a $1,000 charitable donation to the winning teams. We also reward engagement and success for individual participants with cash incentives and prizes for participation.”

This incentive structure is proven to be successful. The average weight improvement for successful Weigh and Win participants after one year in the program is 17 pounds or an eight percent weight loss. Participants involved in the Weigh and Win Team Challenge see a higher success rate: 19 pounds for team members and 24 pounds for team captains.

“When I started the Weigh and Win program I weighed 390 pounds. Getting paid to lose weight was a real motivator for me. I am very motivated by competition and hate to lose, so the team challenge helped push me as well,” shared participant Carletta Alber who has lost 180 pounds with Weigh and Win.

The success of participants is having an impact on communities as well. For every $1 invested into the community program, $3.42 is saved in reduced health care costs, according to an independent analysis done by a researcher at Colorado State University.

In 2014, Weigh and Win plans to continue to help Coloradans stay engaged in improving their health with competition and incentives. In the coming months a new program enhancement, Challenge-a-Friend, will allow Weigh and Win participants to create custom challenges with friends, family and co-workers.

For more information, contact:
Jillian Tongate
Marketing Manager
303.694.8012
jtongate@weighandwin.com

 

HEALTHpoints Winners & Next Drawing Prizes

Did you know that every month we give away great prizes through our HEALTHpoints program? Anyone enrolled in Weigh and Win can earn HEALTHpoints by engaging in the program. Performing activities like weighing-in at a kiosk, opening your email or making a journal entry will all earn you points. For more information on HEALTHpoints visit our FAQS.

Congratulations to the (6) February HEALTHpoint winners of the BMP Resistance Band Sets. There were 721 participants who reached the (300) point threshold and were entered in the drawing.

Resistance BandsSabrina – Thornton
Rebecca – Westminster
Avanye – Pueblo
Tilman – Commerce City
Jamie – Greely
Jane – Arvada

 

March HEALTHpoints Prize

 

Written by: Jillian Tongate, Marketing Manager

Tips for Staying Active While at Work

What’s your reason for not sticking with your New Year’s resolution to become more active this year? For a majority their reason is they are “too busy” and demanding work schedules are the number one culprit. With technology advancements, many jobs have moved from being physically demanding to sedentary. Just because most of us work in an office or a cubical doesn’t mean we can’t continue to keep our bodies fit. Try some of these ideas for staying active while at work and finally get yourself moving toward a true state of health!

Go for a walk break – Set a designated time and get  your co-workers together each day to take a quick 15-20 minute walk around the office building or campus.  

Walking Break                     

Take the stairs – Skip the elevator and take the stairs whenever possible. If it’s too cold to take your daily walk, agree to climb the stairs instead!

Stand at your desk – Try this while on one of those long conference calls you dread each week. You can even add in some squats or calf raises! You may want to mute the phone if you find yourself getting out of breath.

Park further away – Park your car at the top of the parking garage or at the back of the parking lot and enjoy your walk into the office each morning.

Move around the office more – Get up out of your seat and personally deliver messages rather than calling or emailing your coworkers down the hall.

Incorporate activity into your day- Try to incorporate some body weight exercises each day. Set an alarm to go off each hour and take 60 seconds to complete one set of each of the following exercises:

6 Exercises to Do At Work

1. Squats or wall sits – Challenge yourself to see how many squats you can do in one minute or if you can hold your wall sit for an entire minute.

2. Calf raises – You can do these standing or seated. To add resistance while sitting, place a couple books or other heavy object on your knees.

3. Push-ups (on the floor, wall, or desk) – How many push-ups can you do without stopping? Challenge your coworkers!

4. Plank (on the floor, wall, or desk) – Can you hold a plank for an entire minute? As time goes by try improving on your past time!

5. Tricep dips (on your desk or chair) – If you are doing these on your chair make sure it’s secure or backed up to a wall so it does not move.

6. Sit-ups – Many variations of sit-ups can be done in the office. Bring in a towel or yoga mat to lay on.

Written by: Deanne Emig, Weigh and Win Health Coach

 

Want to Improve Your Cholesterol? Don’t Lower It. There’s a Smarter Approach.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” -Hippocrates.

Healing properties of food have been reported by cultures worldwide throughout history. Over the past decade we have uncovered, through numerous clinical studies, all the health benefits individual foods can offer!  By identifying the various nutrients associated with these benefits, we can heal our bodies with food better than pills, potions, and powders ever could.

“There is a wealth of…evidence that increasing the concentration of HDL cholesterol through diet will lower the risk of coronary artery disease.” –R.P. Mensink, Maastricht University.1

When it comes to eating heart healthy diets, new science proves we shouldn’t be concerned with lowering total cholesterol, instead we should focus on raising our HDL levels (the “good cholesterol”). Researchers have found that people with low HDL levels run a much greater risk for heart disease.

“Our focus of trying to reduce our LDL and total cholesterol levels (especially saturated fats) may not have just failed to reduce heart disease risk- but it might have actually increased it along with decreasing our health, weakening our blood sugar control, and increasing insulin resistance and obesity.” ­- The Journal of American Medical Association

So, how do we increase our HDL levels? We replace unhealthy starches and sweets with healthy sources of fat. Try to consume more seafood, coconut, milled flax seeds, and chia seed and try to avoid starches as they lower HDL.

Foods-To-Boost-HDL

 

Written by: Mallory McCormick, Weigh and Win Health Coach

7 Ways to Improve Your Heart Health

“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”
Mahatma Gandhi

Preventing and controlling heart disease can be as easy as choosing to take the stairs over the escalator, eating lean proteins over fattier meats, or just monitoring your weight. Here are seven ways you can improve your heart health.

7 Ways to Improve Your Heart Health

 

  • Get Active: Aim for 30 minutes of activity a day most days of the week. Try parking farther away or taking the stairs when you have those options.
  • Eat Better: Eat plenty of fresh fruits, non-starchy vegetables, lean proteins and quality carbohydrates. Don’t forget to drink water too!
  • Improve Your Weight: Aim for a BMI below 25 and less weight carried around your stomach, and more around the hips. “Apple” shaped has more health risks than “Pear” shaped.
  • Kick the Habit: According to the CDC, cigarette smokers are 2–4 times more likely to develop coronary heart disease than nonsmokers. So, if you’re a smoker try to kick the habit. The Colorado Quit Line is a free online service for all residents.
  • Reduce & Manage Your Blood Sugar: Try to eat small meals throughout the day and focus on quality carbohydrates that create less of a spike in blood sugar levels.
  • Keep Your Blood Pressure in Check: It’s known as the silent killer for not having any symptoms. It’s important to check your blood pressure often and kick the salt shaker habit and limit processed foods to balance your sodium intake.
  • Control Your Cholesterol: Cholesterol or plaque build-up is one of the main causes of heart disease. Choose healthy fats while eliminating trans or saturated fats. Keep in mind though, although olive oil may be a better choice, it’s still a fat so keep the portion sizes small.

Written by: Rachel Corcoran, Weigh and Win Health Coach