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Coloradans are 200,000 Pounds Lighter Thanks to incentaHEALTH and Kaiser Permanente’s Weigh and Win

DENVER, July 14, 2015 ­­– Colorado is getting healthier by the day with help from incentaHEALTH’s scientifically designed and technology-based weight loss program, Weigh and Win. As an incentivized and free resource, Weigh and Win has coached residents across the state to shed 200,000 pounds since 2011. In addition to the program’s push-based Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) coaching, participants of Weigh and Win have been paid $340,000 in cash rewards for their health improvements. The program is primarily funded by Kaiser Permanente.

“Weigh and Win provides a great program for community members and employers who are looking for fun and innovative ways to achieve and maintain a healthy weight,” said Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Worksite Wellness Manager, Dan McKenna, MA. “Weigh and Win has been very well received here at CDPHE. Our community enjoys the easy access to kiosks, supportive and high quality coaching, tips and reminders.  This is an important program for Colorado as we strive to be the healthiest state in the nation.”

Achieving a healthy weight is a long-term challenge for millions of people. However, it can be the first step in preventing many life threatening ailments. Recent research suggests that a weight loss of 3-5 percent can reduce a person’s risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers and the need for cholesterol and heart medications. To date, 47 percent of participants have achieved a 5 percent or more weight improvement and 60 percent of participants have achieved a 3 percent improvement. 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. The program has more than 63,000 participants.

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. See here for a full list of kiosk locations.

The ‘Let’s Get Healthy Colorado’ Fall Team Challenge will begin Aug. 1, 2015. Participants must sign up for a free Weigh and Win account prior to joining the challenge. Create or join a team beginning August 1 by visiting http://www.weighandwin.com/MyCoach/TeamChallengeInfo.aspx.

New participants can enroll online at http://weighandwin.com/ or at any of the 68 kiosks located throughout Colorado.

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Incentivized Health and Wellness Program Brought to Consulate General of Mexico in Denver

Mexican_Consulate_Logo_HeaderMEDIA CONTACTS: Kaytee Long | Health Promotion Manager| O: 303-694-8012 |C: 30­­3-619-8571 | klong@weighandwin.com

Ulises Lopez | General Consulate of Mexico in Denver| O: 303-331-1110 ext. 105| ulopezr@sre.gob.mx

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

MC Install 2wandw1Consul General Carlos J. Bello speaking to Mexican Consulate users about the benefits of Weigh and Win

Participants Receive Free Text Message Health Coaching in Spanish and Opportunity to Earn Cash Rewards for Weight Loss

DENVER, June 10, 2015 ­­– In partnership with CREA Results, Weigh and Win has installed its first Spanish language kiosk in Denver at the Ventanilla de Salud located within the Consulate General of Mexico (5350 Leetsdale Dr., #100). In addition, the free, incentivized weight loss platform has added daily Spanish text message coaching to their programming. Topics include fitness, nutrition and motivation. An email address is not required to join the text-to-enroll portion of the program and participants can still qualify for cash incentives. Directions on how to ‘text-to-enroll’ are below.

“The well-being of our community is a never ending mission for the Consulate General of Mexico,” said Consul General Carlos J. Bello. “Prevention is the key aspect in order to avoid health problems, especially among the Hispanic community where diabetes and cardiovascular disease have become common issues. The Consulate General of Mexico in Denver and the Ventanilla de Salud program thank our associates at CREA Results, Servicios de La Raza and Weigh and Win for providing this service to our public.”

How to Text-to-Enroll:

  1. Text ‘unirse’ to (303) 500-1702. Respond with ‘sí’ to confirm.
  2. Complete a weigh-in at any Weigh and Win kiosk location throughout Colorado.
  3. Visit www.weighandwin.com/complete to complete enrollment.

Note: Participants must complete the enrollment process through the link listed above and weigh-in at least once every 90 days to qualify for cash incentives.

Weigh and Win is primarily funded by Kaiser Permanente and offered for free to all Colorado residents 18 and older, providing tailored health coaching via text message and email. Cash incentives are provided for those with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or greater. 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 weight improvement. Email coaching is currently only available in English.

“This new Spanish-language kiosk marks an important milestone for Weigh and Win,” said Jandel Allen-Davis, MD, vice president of government, external relations and research, Kaiser Permanente Colorado. “Weigh and Win has helped tens of thousands of Coloradans achieve healthier lifestyles. We are proud to be part of this program as it continues to expand and becomes more accessible for the community.”

Weigh and Win has 68 community kiosk locations statewide. A Spanish kiosk experience is also available at the Southeast & Armed Services YMCA in Colorado Springs, with hopes to extend the Spanish platform to additional locations in 2015. A map of all partners and locations can be found here.

For questions, contact Weigh and Win at personal.trainer@weighandwin.com.

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About the Consulate General of Mexico in Denver: The Consulate General of Mexico in Denver has a wide agenda of programs and events that aim to foster and grow the relationship between Colorado and Mexico through the collaboration with its partners while maintaining the closeness with its community. The Consulate General provides documentary, protection, community affair, birth certificates, visa and notarial services. It is located at 5350 Leetsdale Drive, Denver CO 80246. For more information call to 303-331-1110 or visit the website consulmex.sre.gob.mx/denver. Like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

5 Ways to Relieve Knee Pain

If you suffer from knee pain during physical activity, you are not alone. One study from Gallup-Healthways found that 26% of the adult population in the US suffers from knee pain. Don’t let your bad knees limit you from reaching your full weight improvement potential. Instead, start implementing the strategies below to build your knees back up stronger for a leaner and pain-free future self!

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1. Engage in low-impact cardio

High impact cardio, like running and jumping, can cause a lot of unnecessary stress on the body and has potential to lead to muscle and joint injuries. For safe knees, incorporate different methods of low-impact cardio to your workouts. Some examples of low impact cardio include the stair climber or step-ups, swimming, speed walking, dance classes, elliptical machines and biking.

2. Strengthen leg muscles, especially the gluteus maximus

Knee pain or injury can occur when large muscles in the hips and legs are weak.  When the largest muscle in the body (gluteus maximus) is weak, it causes an imbalance of additional stress in the hip, knee and ankle. By strengthening your hips and leg muscles, you can safely stabilize the knee joint during activity. My favorite glute exercise is slow and controlled squats.

3. Strengthen core muscles

If your core muscles are weak, it causes an imbalance of stress in the pelvis, low back and legs. You might notice that if your posture is poor then your pelvis starts to tilt forward, which creates a low back curvature causing your legs to shift inward. Strengthening core muscles helps keep your back in a neutral spine position and places the lower extremities in the best possible position for movement without joint compression.

4. Stretch the hamstrings, hip and calf muscles

Since our hamstrings and hip adductors (inner thigh muscles) are taking on additional stress from a weak gluteus maximus, unnecessary force is placed on the knee. The imbalances can be magnified for those that sit at a desk all day, which is why we recommend taking stretch and walking breaks at work. By stretching and staying active, you decrease the chance for muscle imbalances.

5. Wear supported shoes

When you can, choose to wear supported flats.  High-heeled shoes increase the compressive force on your knee joints by 23%. Wearing heels also encourages tight calf muscles, which can pull the foot and leg inward causing unnecessary stress to the ankle and knee.  It is also recommended to replace your workout shoes every 300 to 500 miles to avoid injury.

 

Participating in the Weigh and Win program and improving your lifestyle habits will benefit your knees as well. New research shows that a 10 percent decrease in weight will result in a 28 percent increase in knee function (such as climbing stairs and walking). Another study found that for every 11 pounds a woman loses, there is a remarkable 50 percent decrease in the risk of knee arthritis. The point is if you have knee pain, it doesn’t have to be permanent. If you have any questions, please email the Weigh and Win Health Coaches at personal.trainer@weighandwin.com.

 

Weigh and Win’s ‘Spring into Action’ Team Challenge Winners Achieve 12 Percent Weight Improvement

Spring into Action$6,000 Donated to Local Nonprofits

DENVER, May 20, 2015 ­­–Weigh and Win has announced the winners of its annual ‘Spring into Action’ Team Challenge, a three month, statewide competition helping participants achieve weight loss and personal health goals through competition and social support. More than 270 teams across Colorado competed in two categories: average percentage of weight lost and HEALTHpoints accrued (earned for program participation).

Prizes have been awarded to the top three teams in each category, as well as a $1,000 charitable donation made on each winning team’s behalf to a nonprofit of their choice. This year’s donation recipients include the American Cancer Society, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless and Food Bank of the Rockies. Previous recipients include the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver and Habitat for Humanity. Nonprofit donations are provided by Kaiser Permanente.

“I’m a single mom, I don’t have the money to donate myself,” said Weigh and Win 2015 ‘Spring into Action’ Team Challenge winner Desiree Amaro. “Being able to make that big of a donation was sincerely rewarding.”

Team Challenge Winners: Weight Improvement

First Place: Freedom Fat Fighters­­ – 11.94 percent weight improvement (Aurora)

Second Place: Hungry, Hungry Hippos ­­– 10.98 percent weight improvement (Longmont)

Third Place: Team Heckle ­­– 9.25 percent weight improvement (statewide)

Team Challenge Winners: HEALTHpoints

First Place: 3 Chicks & a Jay Bird ­­– 8,705 HEALTHpoints (Aurora)

Second Place: FITBITches ­­– 8,081.6 HEALTHpoints (Denver)

Third Place: Dragon House ­­– 7,577.25 HEALTHpoints (Northglenn)

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. For those who participate in the Team Challenge, the average weight lost is 16 percent more than a general Weigh and Win participant; a Team Challenge captain loses 26 percent more weight.

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Recent research by the 2009 Shape Up Rhode Island (SURI) campaign suggests that individuals who engage in higher levels of teammate social influence increase their odds of achieving a clinically significant weight loss by 20 percent.

Weigh and Win is primarily funded by Kaiser Permanente and offered for free to all Colorado residents 18 and older, providing 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 weight improvement. Weigh and Win has 68community kiosk locations statewide. A map of all partners and kiosk locations can be found here.

The next Team Challenge will take place Aug. 1 – Oct. 31, 2015. Participants must sign up for a free Weigh and Win account prior to joining the challenge. Create or join a team beginning Aug. 1, or any time after, by visiting www.weighandwin.com/TeamChallenge.

For questions, contact Weigh and Win at personal.trainer@weighandwin.com or 303-694-8007.

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Weigh and Win Announces Partnership with Denver Fire Department

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Kaytee Long | Health Promotion Manager|C: 303-619-8571 | klong@weighandwin.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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Left to right: Denver Fire Department Lieutenant Shawn Brooks, Weigh and Win Health Coach Mallory McCormick, Denver Fire Department Safety & Training Chief Scott Heiss and Denver Fire Department Public Information Officer Melissa Taylor

Denver Firefighters Participate in Community Wellness Program

DENVER, May 6, 2015 Community health and wellness program Weigh and Win has announced a partnership with the Denver Fire Department to promote healthy eating and active living to employees, employee families and the surrounding community members. A Denver Fire Department sponsored Weigh and Win kiosk will be housed at the Rocky Mountain Fire Academy (5440 Roslyn St., Building F) beginning Friday, May 8, 2015.

“The physical demand placed on firefighters each and every day requires optimum conditioning. Exercise, healthy eating and weight management are key factors in overall wellness,” said Denver Fire Department, Safety & Training Chief Scott Heiss. “We are committed to developing a total wellness program for the members of the Denver Fire Department.”

Weigh and Win, primarily funded by Kaiser Permanente, 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, unlimited access to health coaches over the phone or email, cash incentives for those with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or greater and other prizes for participation.

Progress is tracked through quarterly weigh-ins at community kiosks, such as the newly installed location at the Rocky Mountain Fire Academy and 66 other community locations, found here. The kiosk measures weight, BMI and takes a full-length photograph – acting as a visual progress report of participant weight improvement.

“This partnership acts as an invaluable initiative to move the community wellness needle,” said Lia Schoepke, Weigh and Win Program Manager. “The program promises to be an engaging, accessible resource for the health and wellness of Denver firefighters – an integral part of the Denver community. Eventually, we would like to expand this partnership to all Colorado safety professionals.”

QUICK STATS:

  • 61,913+ people enrolled in Weigh and Win.
  • $300,000 in cash rewards given out.
  • 190,352 pounds lost.
  • 67 community kiosk locations statewide. Map of all partners and kiosk locations can be found here.
  • 8 percent weight loss for successful participants after one year in the program.
  • 47 percent of participants with two or more weigh-ins, after six months in the program, have achieved a 5 percent or more weight improvement.

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Group Shot Fire Truck-smWeigh and Win Health Coach Mallory McCormick with members of the Denver Fire Department

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

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About the Denver Fire Department: Founded in 1866, the Denver Fire Department is dedicated to providing quality, timely and professional emergency services to those who live in, work in, and visit the City and County of Denver and the communities we serve; respecting each other through trust, pride, diversity, integrity, and training; and working together to achieve the highest levels of preparedness, prevention, and community involvement with dedication to purpose. The Denver Fire Department is on Facebook (DenverFireDepartmentCO) and Twitter (@Denver_Fire).

http://www.denvergov.org/Default.aspx?alias=www.denvergov.org/FireDepartment

 

 

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

 

Congratulations to the April HEALTHpoints Winners!

Congratulations to the April HEALTHpoints drawing winners!

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  • Emily – Arvada
  • Helen – Westminster
  • Johannes – Longmont
  • Terri – Denver
  • Mindi – Strasburg
  • Noelle – Boulder
  • Marti – Fort Collins
  • Karyn – Longmonst
  • Karah – Greeley
  • Neona – Aurora
  • Stephanie – Highlands Ranch
  • Mark – Larkspur

Earn 300 points and you could win this prize in May:

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Why to Stick to the Outer Aisles of Your Local Grocery Store

Take a moment to visualize your local grocery store. Chances are the fruits, vegetables, meat, seafood, dairy and fresh bread sections are all located around the outside perimeter of the store. Sounds like you could make some pretty healthy meals out of these items, right? These fresh foods are generally healthier than most of the items found in the center aisles so this is where you will want to concentrate most of your shopping. When looking at the food choices in the interior aisles they tend to be characterized as “pantry” foods which are typically pre-packaged and more heavily processed to withstand a longer shelf life. However, there are still some instances where it is ok to venture into the inside aisles.

Grocery Store Blog PostAside from finding the most nutrient rich foods, when you stick to the outer perimeter of the store this will also help you avoid any impulse snack buys you tend to purchase when you walk down the center cookie aisle, for example. You may also find that you are more likely to try new healthy foods and incorporate them into a recipe that you’ve wanted to try!

Sources:

Mayo Clinic

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