Had anyone else done this type of challenge at work? If so, what were your rules.
that sounds awesome! i heard about a mayor in italy giving monetary prizes to people in his town who lose weight with him. so far it's working. i only have one suggestion, though. men tend to lose more weight, and more quickly, than women, so you should do a men's contest AND a women's contest. wouldn't want to count yourself out right from the start!
I wish I could get involved in a work place challenge I work from home sadly and the only person I could give the 5 bucks to would be myself=(
In the end I won, losing a total of 54 pounds so I recieved my $54 and a 74.50 for first place. A total of 128.50 with was a profit of 103.50 after you take out my intial 25 I put in! I am still so excited I kicked all of the guys butts! I was the only girl!
Oh by the way we went by percentage lost not weight.
Hope this was helpful, I know it's what made me start my new lifestyle.
we did this at my work last year and the only thing you want to watch is men and woman in the same pool. Guys loose weight quicker then woman do. We ended up doing percentage of weight loss so that someone who needed to lose 50 lbs and someone who needed to only lose 10 could still have a fair run at the prize. It was alot of fun and it motivated all of us because we are competitive.
Good Luck to you and your group!
Oh, and my sister-in-law is in one at her work where they all initially paid like $5, but each time they gain, they have to put in another $1. I think in the end they'll split that between 1 and 2 or 1, 2 and 3. That sounds sort of similar to the original you posted about.
We just started a fitness challenge on Jan 14. This is the third challenge that we've had in the past year. Here's how we set it up.
- Must have a team of 4
- Must have a team captain
- Must be an employee (no temps, spouses or dependents)
- All participants must complete a pre and post wellness survey
- All participants must pay $10 per person
- All participants must get an initial, middle and a final weight
- Each participant must bring a completed survey to the initial weigh in
- All participants must attend three out of the six brown bag sessions. These are short "training" sessions where participants can learn about excercise, nutrition, etc.
- All participants must attend 2 team activities outside of work scheduled by team captain. All team participants must attend. Team captain may schedule more than 2 but only 2 are required
- The winning team will be based on the initial weight and the final weight. The team with the greatest percent of body weight loss will win the prize
- The cash prize will be divided up as follows (We ended up with about 200 participants and the company matched 50% of the pot for a total pot of about $3000):
1st place team-50% of cash pot
2nd place team-30% of cash pot
3rd place team-20% of cash pot
- If a team member drops out half way through the challenge he/she will be weighed at the point of their departure. Their weight will still be calculated with the team’s final score. (Note: Exceptions will be made for pregnancy or serious illness)
- If there is a tie: A committee will meet to decide which team has met all necessary requirements. If both teams meet the requirements, there will be two winning teams and the money will be split accordingly
Good luck with your challenge!!
Now I have to come up with a name that NO ONE will figure out...
Any ideas would be helpful!!!
I realize I'm a bit late on this post, but hopefully it will help others. We ran several weight loss competitions at my work using percent of weight loss and we managed the results with Excel. They went really well, until one time we got 58 people in our challenge and I was spending most of the week just dealing with the challenge! My friend recommended a company called Scale Down Challenge and they were a lifesaver. We had 49 people in our most recent weight loss challenge and I probably only spent about an hour per week managing things. You should totally check it out!