Greeley residents encouraged to focus their New year's resolutions on weighing and winning
GREELEY, Colo. (Dec. 26, 2012) — The holiday season often brings with it sugary, fattening foods and spirits. Many look to the New Year as an opportunity to fit into a smaller pair of jeans, lose those last five pounds or even completely overhaul their lifestyle to get fit for good. Greeley residents can start 2013 off on the right foot by participating in Weigh and Win, a free, personalized program that offers cash rewards and prizes to individuals who achieve or maintain a healthy weight.
Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, Weigh and Win is the first program of its kind in the nation. After launching in Denver in March 2011, more than 26,000 Coloradans have lost over 62,000 pounds through their participation in the program. Thanks to joint funding from North Colorado Medical Center Foundation and the Weld County Department of Health, a Weigh and Win traveling kiosk is now based at east entrance no. 6 at North Colorado Medical Center the fourth week of every month. North Colorado Medical Center is located at 1801 16th Street in Greeley. The kiosk is available for use during regular hospital business hours.
Since Weigh and Win kiosks were established in Greeley earlier this year, 836 people in Greeley and Evans have signed up to participate in the program. 83 percent of these participants were overweight or obese (an adult with a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 25 – 29.9 is considered overweight, obesity is defined as an adult with a BMI over 30) at their initial weigh in. Those participants who have weighed-in on a quarterly basis have lost 1,632 pounds.
Participating in Weigh and Win is simple.
- Interested individuals age 18 and older can begin by signing up at www.weighandwin.com.
- After signing up, participants visit the Weigh and Win kiosk at North Colorado Medical Center for quarterly weigh-ins. This kiosk is private and a photo is taken during every weigh-in to provide participants with a visual representation of their progress.
- During the quarterly weigh-ins progress is measured and tracked. Participants who begin with BMI’s above 25 receive cash rewards according to the percentage of weight lost. Rewards are also provided for maintaining weight loss over each quarter.
- All participants, regardless of weight, are eligible to win monthly prizes just for participating in Weigh and Win.
Weigh and Win participants receive several incentives throughout their weight loss journey including daily emails or text messages with personalized coaching on healthy meal plans, communication with certified personal trainers and workout podcasts, journals and quizzes.
“Being overweight or obese has serious health consequences. It not only increases the risk for chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease, but there’s also a tremendous cost to our communities,” said Jandel Allen-Davis, M.D., vice president of government and external relations, Kaiser Permanente. “Right here in Weld County, the obesity rate is 23 percent. The Weigh and Win program builds upon Kaiser Permanente’s extensive work to increase healthy eating and physical activity across the state. The program’s unique design guides participants toward maintaining healthy lifestyles over decades, not days.”
Other Weigh and Win kiosks located in Northern Colorado include:
- Centennial Park Library, 2227 23rd Ave., Greeley, 80634
- Carbon Valley Library, 7 Park Ave., Firestone, 80504
- American Furniture Warehouse, 625 Southwest Frontage Road, Fort Collins, 80524
- Northside Aztlan Community Center, 112 Willow St., Fort Collins, 80524
- Kaiser Permanente Loveland Medical Offices, 4901 Thompson Pkwy., Loveland, 80534
- Longmont Public Library, 409 4th Ave., Longmont, 80501
For more information on the Weigh and Win program or to sign up today, visit www.weighandwin.com.
On October 1, 2012, Kaiser Permanente opened two new medical offices in Fort Collins and Loveland. In addition to the medical offices, Kaiser Permanente’s Northern Colorado expansion includes a medical office in Greeley opening in 2014 and a partnership agreement with Banner Health hospitals and physicians. Northern Colorado members may select primary and specialty care physicians from a preferred network of more than 400 community providers and receive hospital care at McKee Medical Center in Loveland or North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley. Kaiser Permanente’s partnership with Banner Health will allow for the sharing and utilization of health information technology to better coordinate patient care.
Visit www.kp.org to learn more about Kaiser Permanente.
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 more than 40 years. Kaiser Permanente Colorado provides comprehensive health care services to more than 535,000 members through 26 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 fifth straight year. Kaiser Permanente was recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as the top-ranked commercial health plan in Colorado, No. 6 in the nation and the second ranked Medicare plan in the U.S. Kaiser Permanente was also recently recognized as a 2012 Hypertension Champion by Million Hearts™. In 2011, Kaiser Permanente proudly directed more than $90 million to community benefit programs to improve the health of all Coloradans. For more Kaiser Permanente news, visit kp.org/newscenter or follow us on twitter @kpcolorado or facebook.com/kpcolorado.
ABOUT NORTH COLORADO MEDICAL CENTER
North Colorado Medical Center is a fully accredited, private, nonprofit facility licensed to operate 378 beds. It serves as a regional medical center with community-based and specialty services in a service area including southern Wyoming, western Nebraska, western Kansas and northeastern Colorado.