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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.

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Additional Links:

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Event photos

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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Earn HEALTHpoints, Win a Fitbit

Want to win a Fitbit Charge? Earn 300 or more HEALTHpoints in August and you could be one of the lucky winners! For more information on HEALTHpoints, visit www.WeighandWin.com, log-in and click on the HEALTHpoints tab. Good Luck!

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Congratulations to the July HEALTHpoints winners of Colorado State Parks Passes:

  • June – Denver, CO
  • Jessica – Brighton, CO
  • Cherie – Colorado Springs, CO
  • Jami – Castle Rock, CO

 

 

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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Making a Healthy Smoothie

Green smoothies are gaining popularity because of all the nutrition and hydration you can pack in a convenient glass on your way out the door in the morning. They are quick to make, clean up and you only need a blender to get started. Since nutritional deficiency has been proven to lead to chronic overeating and poor quality food choices, the green smoothie can be a game changer for those looking to effortlessly add more nutrition to their diet for weight improvement. A smoothie made with the right ingredients contains high amounts of water, fiber and protein so you feel as satisfied as you would normally after eating a meal. Below are some ingredients to consider adding to your smoothie and some ingredients to avoid.

 

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The BEST choice is to choose unsweetened options.

Water, coconut water, fat free or low fat cow’s milk, and unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk, and soy milk.

 

smoothie steps-02The BEST choice is to use raw, leafy green veggies.
Spinach, kale, romaine, bok choy, swiss chard, collards, dandelion, turnip greens, beet greens, carrots, avocados, cucumbers.

 

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The BEST choice is low sugar fresh or frozen fruits.
Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, cranberries, oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits, and tangerines.

 

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The BEST choice is choosing a high protein ingredient.
Protein powders, hemp seeds, flax seeds, chia seed, spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cayenne pepper), vanilla extract, acai powder, unsweetened cocoa powder and natural nut butters.

 

Once you added your ingredients, add a few ice cubes to your blender and then start blending until you have a smooth consistency. If you want your smoothie thicker, add more ice cubes. If you are using frozen fruits, you might not need any ice cubes at all. If you are getting chunks of ingredients after you mix up your smoothie, then you might want to consider upgrading your blender.

Stay away from ingredients like sugar-sweetened fruit juice or concentrate, sweetened or flavored yogurts, ice cream/sorbet, whipped cream or any kind of sugary candy. If you are trying to improve your weight, then I would also avoid high sugar fruits such as grapes, bananas, mangos, sweet cherries, apples, pineapples, pears and kiwi fruit.

Everyone’s tastes buds and nutritional needs are unique and there are a million different combinations of ingredients when it comes to green smoothies. Take time to experiment and find what combination works best for you (and your family) and then share your favorite RAWkstar recipe on our Weigh and Win Facebook page!

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

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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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