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Join the Weigh and Win Healthy Holiday Challenge Nov. 16-23, 2016

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Join the Weigh and Win Healthy Holiday Challenge Nov. 16-23, 2016

Participate for Free and Win Prizes for Holiday Weight Maintenance

DENVER, Nov. 8, 2016 – Colorado wellness program Weigh and Win, is launching its third annual Healthy Holiday Challenge, promoting weight maintenance throughout the 2016 holiday season. All participants who lose or stay within one pound of initially recorded weight will be entered into a drawing to win one of 20 Amazon gift cards (10 valued at $25, 10 valued at $125). Contestants are required to complete an initial weigh-in November 16-23 at any Weigh and Win kiosk location. A final weigh-in must be completed January 1-8 to qualify for the Healthy Holiday Challenge prize drawing.

The holidays are full of frequent celebrations and quality time spent with friends and family. As exciting as it can be, these next two months require extraordinary willpower while navigating the constant temptation of favorite holiday recipes. Weigh and Win created the Healthy Holiday Challenge to help Coloradans maintain their long-term health goals, through the never-ending dessert trays and over-booked social calendars.

“Weigh and Win’s Healthy Holiday Challenge kept me accountable,” said Sarah, a Denver Weigh and Win participant. “I felt empowered to say no to that third cookie and only indulge in treats I truly enjoy. The weekly tips kept my goals front-of-mind and gave me consistent motivation. I typically gain 10 pounds during the holiday season. This year, I only gained one.”

Over 5,000 Coloradans have participated in the Challenge. Of the participants who performed the two required weigh-ins, 81 percent maintained their weight.

“The holidays represent a time to treat ourselves to hearty food, flavorful drinks, and decadent sweets. But overindulgence can lead to a host of health problems including obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease,” says Amy Bayer, Kaiser Permanente Colorado registered dietitian and senior manager of prevention and chronic care solutions. “While being mindful about what we consume can help tremendously, participating in a program like Weigh and Win can take you the extra mile to keep you accountable for achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle—especially during the busy holiday season. Kaiser Permanente is proud to support this wonderful program as it continues to encourage Coloradans to achieve a healthy weight and thrive.”

Weigh and Win is a free community program available to all Colorado residents (18 years and older) that teaches healthy habits and pays cash rewards for weight improvement and maintenance.

HOW TO JOIN THE CHALLENGE:

  1. Sign-up for Weigh and Win: visit www.WeighandWin.com to sign-up for a free account.
  2. Join the Challenge: visit www.WeighandWin.com/HealthyHolidays and click the ‘Join the Challenge’ button, which will redirect to your account login page. After logging in, you will see your Healthy Holidays Challenge Dashboard and you will officially be a part of the challenge. Not sure if you joined? Give us a call at (800) 694-0352.
  3. Receive weekly tips for overcoming holiday temptations and engaging in healthy behaviors.
  4. Complete a pre-holiday weigh-in any time between Nov. 16-23, 2016, and a post-holiday weigh-in anytime between Jan. 1-8, 2017. Participants to maintain weight within one pound are eligible for the prize drawing.
  5. Win Prizes: Everyone who maintains their weight is entered into a drawing. Prizes include 10 Grand Prizes of a $125 Amazon Gift Card and 10 Runner-Up prizes of a $25 Amazon Gift Card.

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

Sign up for the program for free by visiting www.weighandwin.com or stopping by your local kiosk. See here for a list of the 95 existing locations.

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MEDIA & INTERVIEWS: Kaytee Long | Weigh and Win | 30­­3-619-8571 | klong@weighandwin.com

Bike to Work Day

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June is Colorado Bike Month and Bike to Work Day is Wednesday, June 22 this year. On a daily basis about 10,000 people bike to work in Denver. This year, they are expecting over 30,000 Coloradans to take on the challenge of riding to work. If you are going to be one of the participants taking on this challenge, there are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind

Safety First

In Colorado, bikers have to obey the same rules of the roads as drivers. Biking next to cars can be scary at first but if you’re wearing the proper gear, injuries can be prevented. Statistics show that most bike accident fatalities are caused by bikers not wearing helmets. In fact, wearing a helmet can reduce the severity of a head injury by 88%. Always remember to wear your helmet and use proper signals when turning to let the cars around you know to avoid injury.

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Hydration is Key

Especially in the hot summer months, it’s important to drink as much water as possible. When you’re exercising outdoors, it’s even more important to keep those hydration levels up. Make sure to drink water before, during and after your ride. Keep a water bottle attached to your bike at all times or try a hydration pack for easy access as you ride. There will be plenty of food and water stations out for you to refuel at. You can even get a quick tune up if needed!  Weigh and Win will be at the City of Glendale station at Creekside Park. For a full list of stations and to map out your ride, check out the Bike to Work Day Site.

Be Prepared

Bring a change of clothes and lunch to work the day before to help lessen the load you’ll be carrying on your ride. Especially if you don’t frequently ride into work, you’ll want to make your load as light as possible. Knowing that your meals are ready to go after a hard workout and where the showers are located in your office will take a lot of stress off of you after your ride. If you do have to bring a change of clothes, keep them in zip lock bags to avoid getting any sweat or water on them during your ride.

Check the Weather

In Colorado, we tend to have cooler mornings and warmer afternoons. Make sure to bring a light jacket for your morning ride and breathable sweat wicking clothing on your ride home. If you are new to bike riding, there are compression shorts that have a bit of padding in the glute area to relieve some of the pain from sitting on a bike seat for a longer period of time. Shorts or pants that are tight around the ankle are also recommended so they don’t get caught up in the bike chain. Lastly, the brighter color of clothing, the better. This way, other commuters and motorists can clearly see you to avoid accidents.

Enjoy the Ride

The most important thing is to have fun on this ride. There will be plenty of other riders out and it’s a great time to meet people and meet the local organizations and sponsors in the community. Take in the beautiful scenery that Colorado has to offer and enjoy a day outside of traffic!

Still on the fence about biking to work? Check out our blog article with five reasons why you should bike to work. 

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.

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Additional Links:

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Full award ceremony video

Other Online Mentions:

The Denver Post

DenverGov.org

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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‘Let’s Get Healthy Colorado’ Team Challenge Starts August 1

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Let’s get healthy together, Colorado! Join the Weigh and Win Team Challenge and compete against others across the state in a competition to get healthy. Use competition and the social support and motivation of your teammates to achieve your health goals.

Compete from August 1 – October 31, 2015 to achieve:

  • the most average weight improvement (%) or
  • the most average HEALTHpoints during the challenge period

Join or create a team of 4-8 people starting August 1 or any time after. The join and create a team buttons will appear on the Team Challenge page, when logged into your Weigh and Win account, starting August 1, 2015.

HOW TO JOIN

Visit www.WeighandWin.com/TeamChallenge for more information and to join the challenge!

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Individuals from the top three teams in each category will receive prizes and each team selects a charitable organization from the list below to receive a $1,000 donation on behalf of their team.

WEIGHT IMPROVEMENT TEAM CHALLENGE PRIZES: 
  • 1st: Spafinder Gift Card ($100) – Use for a relaxing massage or to try a local fitness class.
  •  2nd: iPod Shuffle ($50) – Let music keep you motivated through your workout.
  • 3rd: Naturebox Snack Subscription ($40) – Healthy snacks mailed to your door.
HEALTHPOINTS TEAM CHALLENGE PRIZES:
  • 1st: Spiralizer ($25) – Turn any vegetable into a noodle.
  • 2nd: REI Gift Card ($20) – Treat yourself to a healthy, active gift.
  • 3rd: Fruit Infuser Water Bottle ($15) – Stay healthy and hydrated.
CHARITY ORGANIZATIONS: 

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Want more details on how the team challenge works?

 

Weigh and Win Begins Fifth Year with 60,000 Participants and 66 Kiosk Locations throughout Colorado

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47 Percent of Participants with Two or More Weigh-ins have Achieved a 5 Percent Weight Improvement

DENVER, April 1, 2015 ­­Weigh and Win launches its fifth successful year as Colorado’s premier digital health and wellness program. Since inception in 2011, the only free, community platform that pays participants to lose weight has seen great successes, enrolling 60,000 participants and partnering with 66 community kiosk hosts throughout Colorado. In total, Coloradans have shed 178,000 pounds and earned more than $300,000 in cash rewards. Weigh and Win is primarily funded by Kaiser Permanente.

Last year alone, 15,000 Coloradans enrolled in the program and 13 new kiosks were installed across the state.

“When we launched Weigh and Win more than four years ago, we hoped to inspire and motivate Coloradans to live healthier lifestyles. Today, the program has reached tens of thousands of individuals all across our state,” said Jandel Allen-Davis, MD, vice president of government, external relations, and research for Kaiser Permanente Colorado. “We couldn’t be more excited about the tremendous success of Weigh and Win and we look forward to what’s ahead.”

Weigh and Win 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 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 participant weight improvement.

“Not only did I lose weight, I increased my fitness level and created healthy eating habits I plan on maintaining for the rest of my life,” said Weigh and Win participant John Bullers. “Weigh and Win kept me motivated by sending helpful emails and rewarding me for my efforts. I’m not sure I could have made it without their help.”

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. Recent research suggests that even a weight loss of 3-5 percent produces meaningful health benefits, such as reducing risk for Type 2 Diabetes and the need for cholesterol and heart medications. To date, 47 percent of participants with two or more weigh-ins, who have been involved in the program for six months or more, have achieved a 5 percent weight improvement and 60 percent of participants from the same population have achieved a 3 percent improvement.

“We are excited to launch several major enhancements to the Weigh and Win platform in 2015,” said Todd McGuire, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of the program. “We are currently testing a new smart phone app that will allow our participants to access their personalized meal and exercise plans, via their phone, as well as provide location-based meal recommendations, triggered by simply walking into a restaurant. Participants will also have one-touch access to be connected to a live Health Coach for on-the-spot support.”

In addition, Weigh and Win is currently beta testing a Spanish module that will provide daily nutrition and exercise coaching via SMS Spanish text message, as well as the Weigh and Win kiosk experience in Spanish.

In December 2014, Weigh and Win awarded grants to eight kiosk partners. Recipients included 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. The grants were funded by Kaiser Permanente and matched by the aforementioned partners.

The success of the program has also improved the financial health of Colorado communities. For every $1 invested into the program, $3.42 is saved in reduced health care costs, according to an independent analysis done by a Ph.D. researcher at Colorado State University.

The first annual Weigh and Win Conference will take place Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Boettcher Mansion in Golden, Colorado.

New participants can enroll online at www.weighandwin.com or at any of the 66 kiosks located throughout Colorado. See here for a full list of kiosk locations.

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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://www.weighandwin.com. Follow Weigh and Win on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

 

 

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