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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.

photos by Evan Semón

Additional Links:

Weigh and Win video

Event photos

Full award ceremony video

Other Online Mentions:

The Denver Post

DenverGov.org

Growing Denver

American Towns

*Photo credit: Evan Semón

8 Reasons You Should Lift Weights

Oftentimes people think if they lift weights their body is going to instantly transform into the body of a body builder. Weight lifting is a great way to improve your health and slim down.

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  1. You will burn more calories… while you’re sitting on the couch!
    After strength training, your metabolism is elevated for many hours after you finish your workout in order produce energy to repair your muscles. Therefore, you are burning additional calories even after you have finished your workout.
  2. You will have improved memory and productivity
    Those who strength train have been shown to have better short- and long-term memory, improved verbal reasoning, and a longer attention span. Researchers also found that workers were 15% more productive on days they exercised compared to days they didn’t.
  3. You will reduce the chance of injury
    Lifting weights helps to increase bone density and joint flexibility which leads to less chance of injury and decreased body pains along with preventing conditions like osteoporosis. Naturally, with decreased body pains you will also see your quality of life increase.
  4. You will look great…without having to spend hours on the treadmill
    Cardio training is great but if this is the only type of exercise you are doing you might actually be hurting your progress. When you limit yourself to only cardio training, you will see a decrease in fat mass AND muscle mass. Strength training will also decrease fat mass but it will INCREASE muscle mass. This results in more muscle tone and muscle is also more efficient at burning calories from fat so the more muscle you have the more calories you will burn.
  5. You will be happier
    Those who exercise regularly have lower levels of stress hormones than those who are less fit. Strength training has also been shown to reduced anxiety and depression symptoms.
  6. You’ll live longer
    Researchers from the University of South Carolina determined that strength training is linked to lower risks of death from heart attack, stroke and cancer.
  7. Increased confidence and self-esteem
    As we mentioned above, one of the side effects of resistance training is decreased fat mass and increased muscle tone. This often results in fitting into those skinny jeans you have had your eye on for months now! Along with looking great, you can also become more self-sufficient i.e. carry your own luggage, yard work etc. which will leave you feeling powerful and independent.
  8. You can do it with little to no equipment/space
    You actually don’t need a gym to strength train. There are plenty of body weight exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home while still achieving noticeable results! Contact personal.trainer@weighandwin.com if you need some assistance coming up with some strength training exercises to do at home.

 

Sources:
http://www.active.com/fitness/articles/12-reasons-you-should-lift-weights
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/12/benefits-of-lifting-weights_n_6432632.html

 

Kaiser Permanente and incentaHEALTH Present: “Employee Wellness on a Budget” at The 11th Annual Executive Forum on Rewarding Healthy Behaviors February 4, 2015 at the Bellagio® Las Vegas

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Explore a Measureable and Affordable Model for Community and Corporate Wellness

DENVER, Dec. 18, 2014– In 2011, cloud-based digital wellness company incentaHEALTH teamed up with Kaiser Permanente to launch Weigh and Win, the first program of its kind to translate an evidence-based worksite wellness program into a community platform for the general public. Weigh and Win has paved the way for measurable and affordable community and corporate wellness. Kaiser Permanente’s Senior Manager of Primary Prevention Services, Amy Bayer, and incentaHEALTH’s Weigh and Win Program Manager, Lia Schoepke, will present “Employee Wellness on a Budget” at The 11th Annual Executive Forum on Rewarding Healthy Behaviors Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 at the Bellagio® Las Vegas.

Bayer and Schoepke will discuss enrollment, engagement and results of the data-based wellness programs, including the dramatic health improvement of community members and employer groups and how it affects return on investment. According to an independent study completed by a researcher at Colorado State University, for every $1 invested into the community program, $3.42 is saved in reduced community health care costs.

“We want to provide affordable, effective options for employers and community partners while providing measureable results that can directly relate back to ROI,” said Schoepke.

Additional topics will include: incentaHEALTH’s unique behavioral change model; how social media, team challenges and data can dynamically affect engagement; implementation of a Spanish-speaking platform; the use of automated kiosks to ensure measurable wellness; and the effect personalized health coaching through SMS text messages and email has on weight loss.

incentaHEALTH’s model focuses on rewarding performance rather than participation. Developed through the company’s incentivized corporate wellness model, 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. Participants who join the program at an unhealthy weight (BMI ≥ 25) qualify for cash rewards. Additional prizes are awarded for adopting healthy behaviors. Kaiser Permanente is the founding funder of Weigh and Win as part of its commitment to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of their members and the communities they serve.

“When you’re at a healthy weight, you feel better, are more productive and more likely to make healthy choices. We are proud to provide the Weigh and Win program as a way to encourage people to lose weight and lead healthier lifestyles,” said Bayer.

The average weight improvement for successful Weigh and Win participants after one year in the program is 17.7 pounds or an 8 percent weight loss. Similar initiatives have been achieved in workplace settings as the average employee loses 6 percent of their body weight. Recent research suggests that a 3-5 percent weight loss of a person’s body weight produces meaningful health benefits, such as reducing risk of Type 2 Diabetes and the need for cholesterol and heart medications. Over 9,245 participants in the Weigh and Win program have lost at least 3 percent of their body weight.

To date, more than 54,000 Coloradans have signed up for Weigh and Win as a commitment to health improvement, earning a total of $300,000 in cash rewards.

“Our goal is to reward 100 million people for engaging in a H.E.A.L. (Healthy Eating, Active Living) lifestyle. Our success in Colorado is one piece of the puzzle,” said Schoepke.

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About incentaHEALTH: incentaHEALTH is a cloud-based health care technology company with headquarters in Denver, Colorado. As a leader in measurable wellness programs, incentaHEALTH’s system is designed to help organizations and communities reduce their health care costs by offering incentives to individuals for improving their health. incentaHEALTH helps people manage their weight through the use of interactive email and text message coaching, weigh-ins on private kiosks in corporate and community locations, and cash rewards for sustained weight loss success. The patented HEALTHspot® kiosk takes full-length digital photos and keeps an electronic record of each participant’s weight, blood pressure and body mass index (BMI). Participants also have access to health coaches who provide live support whenever it’s needed. Organizations throughout the U.S., the U.K., Puerto Rico and Singapore have implemented this health care solution for their employees and have reported significant success. For more information, visit www.incentahealth.com, or follow the company on Facebook or Twitter.

About Kaiser Permanente Colorado: Kaiser Permanente Colorado is the state’s largest nonprofit health plan, proudly working to improve the lives and health of Colorado residents for 45 years. Kaiser Permanente Colorado provides comprehensive health care services to more than 624,000 members through 28 medical offices and a network of affiliated hospitals and physicians. The health plan was named “Highest in Member Satisfaction” among Commercial Health Plans by J.D. Power and Associates for the seventh straight year. Kaiser Permanente was recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as the top- ranked commercial health plan in Colorado and the sixth ranked Medicare plan in the nation for 2014-15. Kaiser Permanente was also recently recognized as a 2012 Hypertension Champion by Million Hearts™. In 2013, Kaiser Permanente proudly directed more than $96 million to community benefit programs to improve the health of all Coloradans. For more Kaiser Permanente news, visit kp.org/share or follow us on Twitter @kpcolorado or facebook.com/kpcolorado.

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 at www.WeighandWin.com 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.  For more information visit www.weighandwin.com. Follow Weigh and Win on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.