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Workplace Weight Loss Challenge


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My office is trying to setup a weight loss challenge for our employees and we need ideas for how to start it up and get a program set for everyone to be included. We are relatively small 15-20 people. One of the problems is for those who do not need to lose weight, how do you keep them involved so that there is no problem with other employees being rewarded for something they can't or shouldn't participate in. Has anyone participated in something like this? Any ideas/thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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ive done two different workplace challenges, the first was a disaster, the second very good.

first - men and women are not equal! my first workplace challenge tracked lbs lost.  the top 3 losers were men. i came in 4th feeling robbed.

second - some one may have 20 lbs to lose, somebody else may have 50 to lose.  to make it fair to both convert the amout lost as a percentage of their body weight.

have a set start and end date. 3 months is a good duration.

have $$ to fund the winers' pot. every body pays to play. studies show when $$ is involved, people are more likly to succeed.

have weigh ins once weekly - use the same scale/same note taker for accuracy. use the privacy of an office. Only post results using percentage lost over time.

have weekly meeting focusing on nutrition, portion control and other aspects of eating right at the meeting.  this helps to motovate the challengers.

the second challenge had people buddy up. we were a large group of 100 or so challengers. this helped with the motovation because people are working as a team. this may not work in your case, just something to think about.

good luck losing

 

 

 

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Thanks! This is really helpful! We were thinking percentages would probably be the fairest way to judge just because some people have more to lose and some are going to lose it faster/easier than others. The only other problem we have is including everyone, a few people are all ready at low weights but they want everyone to be included so noone feels left out since we are such a small office. There is going to be a big prize at the end and they want everyone to have a chance at winning.

Why not make it fitness oriented rather than weight oriented?  The normal weighted people could set fitness goals, and if they achieve them could also win.

Although, I have to say, I am not a big fan of doing this kind of thing in the workplace.  I mean, aren't we all there to work?  Just me, I guess, I feel that health is a private matter.

My office did this event where it was more of a fitness than a weightloss sort of thing. Anyone who wanted to join could and they signed up for teams. The point of the challenge was to get a certain number of hours in at the gym over the 10 weeks. Because you were on teams, you were extra motivated because you didn't want to let your team down. At the end, everyone in the winning team won a giftcard and everyone who completed in it got a free shirt.

Our office is in the middle of a contest now, too!  3 months, $20 each with a weekly weigh-in.  We're tracking by % lost, to  make it more fair.  And we talk about eating well, and check in with one another about going to the gym.  The top 3 winners will get a % of the $.

You ask a good question, though, about the people who don't need to lose weight.  I'm one of those in my office.  I'm trying to get more fit (training for a half-marathon), but I don't really need to lose weight.  But I was happy to put in my $20 to sweeten the $ pot, if it meant that my co-workers would take the challenge more seriously.  And I participate by talking to people about working out, encouraging healthy lunches, etc. -- keep them honest.

I'm proud of my co-workers - especially the ones who are taking this very seriously.  I get to be part of the experience because we're all trying to make good choices together, and I get to be part of that.  So hopefully some of your co-workers will take that attitude, too.

Good luck with the program!!!

Original Post by dkenworthy:

Why not make it fitness oriented rather than weight oriented?  The normal weighted people could set fitness goals, and if they achieve them could also win.

Although, I have to say, I am not a big fan of doing this kind of thing in the workplace.  I mean, aren't we all there to work?  Just me, I guess, I feel that health is a private matter.

Hi, dkenworthy.  Have to disagree with you about non-work-related activities in the work place.  Smile I worked for a company that encouraged ideas for these types of activities, and they were real morale-builders.  We had occasional potlucks, Halloween costume contests, a company-paid afternoon at the bowling alley across the street, a BBQ behind the building two-three times a year.  The grill was paid for with the money from recycling aluminum and plastic.  Last Christmas we had a decorating contest, which resulted in some amazing creativity.  These activities were all encouraged by management, and the employees on the committee who planned these things were careful to make sure there was a minimum of work time involved, but if sometimes fun time exceeded the allotted time by a few mins, no one complained.  Employee surveys were conducted yearly by a national company that specializes in that sort of thing, and my company was determined to be one of the top places to work when compared to other companies of the same size.  We got the work done that we were hired to do, but knew we occasionally had these fun things to look forward to.  I won't name the company, but it's a subsidiary of a much larger company whose products most people use daily.

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