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.



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 to enroll or find a kiosk near you!

Written by: Lia Schoepke, Program Manager

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