Can Co-Workers Be Your Ticket to Weight Loss?

Fast-food lunches,vending machine snacks, cake for yet another co-worker’s birthday – the office isn’t always the easiest environment in which to lose weight.  Despite these temptations, some workers have found ways to shed pounds with the help of their colleagues.  Consider these three real-life cases:

  • A group of eight females from the Association for Iron & Steel Technology, a small nonprofit in Warrendale, PA, discovered that their healthcare plan would pay for 10 weeks of attending Weight Watchers meetings.  “the stipulation was that we had to attend a meeting once a week, not even that we HAD to lose weight,” says participant Joann Cantrell.  “We were all ages ranging from a new mom in her twenties to 30 and 40-somethings and even a few who were over 50.  through encouragement and support from each other, we stuck together and lost a total of over 160 lbs.”
  • Fitness expert Christine King of Your Best Fit and weight-loss coach Nancy Reagan of Bella Reina Spa paired up two highly respected Florida businesswoman in a three-month lifestyle challenge.  While King and Reagan provided information about exercise and nutrition, the two participants spoke daily and boned over how to achieve weight loss despite their hectic lifestyles – with magnificent results.  King remarks that it was a “true testament” to the power of the buddy system and believes the ladies would not have achieved the amazing results without working together and pulling each other through.
  • Using the “weight-loss wagering” approach workers lost some 880,000 pounds last year through contests sponsored by HealtyWage. One of its options is company vs. company match-ups in which employees from two different organisations compete against one another to see who can lose the greatest percentage of weight.  More than 40 percent of these participants lost over five percent of their body weight — a clinically significant amount associated with improved health and lowered health care costs.

Submitted by: Beth Braccio Hering

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