Get money to lose weight
A permanent Weigh and Win kiosk will be installed at the Mountain Family Health Centers Glenwood Springs location,1905 Blake Ave., Suite 101, and will be available to the public beginning Friday, Oct. 30.
All residents will have access to the free weight-loss program that pays Coloradans to lose weight and achieve a healthy lifestyle. Personalized health coaching will include a daily meal plan, fitness plan, motivational tips and a weekly grocery list, sent via text message or email.
“Mountain Family Health Centers is excited to incorporate the Weigh and Win program into our organization,” said CEO Ross Brooks. “We anticipate this program being the catalyst that inspires and motivates MFHC employees and patients to live healthy lifestyles.”
Mountain Family strives to provide integrated primary, behavioral and dental health care to the community’s underserved populations. The kiosk located at the Glenwood Springs clinic will be one of the only ones on Colorado’s Western Slope, bridging the 170-mile distance between kiosk locations in Grand Junction and Leadville.
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. 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. Weigh and Win has more than 67,000 participants.
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 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 84 community kiosk locations statewide. A map of all partners and kiosk locations can be found at http://www.weighandwin.com.
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