Non-Profits Receive Grant to Promote Health and Wellness in Colorado Communities

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Eight Community Partners Awarded with Funding to Host Weigh and Win Kiosks

DENVER, Jan. 6, 2015 ­­– Free community health and wellness program, Weigh and Win, has awarded grants to eight Colorado non-profits to host weigh-in kiosks and promote healthy living throughout their communities. Grants were awarded to potential partners who had the desire to implement Weigh and Win.

Once installed, the program is offered for free to residents 18 and older and provides fitness plans, a weekly grocery list, access to health coaches, meal plans, cash incentives for those with a BMI of 25 or greater and other prizes for participation. Progress is tracked with quarterly weigh-ins at community kiosks. The kiosk measures weight, BMI and takes a full-length photograph providing a visual progress report of participant weight improvement.

“Weigh and Win has been striving to become a fully integrated community resource since our launch in 2011,” said Lia Schoepke, Weigh and Win Program Manager. “The grant funding has allowed us to partner with communities and their existing initiatives to create a successful and sustainable program.”

Primarily funded by Kaiser Permanente, grants will be awarded to Boulder Valley School District, City of Arvada, Clinica Family Health Services, Elizabeth School District, Lake County Public Health Agency, North Colorado Health Alliance/Sunrise Community Health, Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: Craig and Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: Steamboat Springs.

Applications were submitted through the designated Weigh and Win website by Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. Qualifying entities included municipalities, recreation centers, libraries, hospitals, medical offices, retailers and schools (districts, colleges & universities). Applicants were required to be non-profit organizations or government agencies.  All recipients support Weigh and Win’s Mission: to reward 100 million people for H.E.A.L. (Healthy Eating and Active Living), and Vision: to address the obesity epidemic by creating a scalable, engaging weight management program.

“According to County health ratings, 70.6 percent of adults in Lake County are overweight or obese,” said Colleen Nielsen, Director of Lake County Public Health Agency and recipient of the 2014 grant. “Weigh and Win has ensured the sustainability of a wellness program for our community and it will enable us to continue effectively addressing Healthy Eating and Active Living issues.”

Weigh and Win is built on a foundation of behavior change science and research on both extrinsic and intrinsic incentives, with the intention to expand nationwide.

The eight kiosks will be installed throughout January and the beginning of February 2015. Click here for a map of all kiosk locations.

Additional grant opportunity will be available end of year 2015.

Grant Kiosk Locations

Boulder Valley School District:

YMCA of Boulder Valley – 2800 Dagny Way, Lafayette, CO 80026

City of Arvada:

TBD

Clinica Family Health Services:

Thornton Clinic – 8990 N Washington St., Thornton, CO 80229

Elizabeth School District:

Pines & Plains Libraries, Elizabeth Branch – 651 W. Beverly St., Elizabeth, CO 80107

Lake County Public Health Agency:

Lake County Public Library – 1115 Harrison Ave., Leadville, CO 80461

North Colorado Health Alliance:

Sunrise Community Health’s Monfort Family Clinic – 2930 11th Ave., Evans, CO 80620

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: Steamboat Springs:

VNA – 940 Central Park Dr., Suite 101, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: Craig

VNA – 745 Russell St., Craig, CO 81625

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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 primarily funded by Kaiser Permanente to complementthe organization’s other efforts to increase healthy eating and physical activity throughout the state.  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, daily exercise and meal plans, weekly grocery shopping lists and more. Progress is tracked through quarterly weigh-ins at one of 56 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 www.weighandwin.com. Follow Weigh and Win on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

 

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