The Great American Weight Loss Challenge

The AhealthyU Weight Loss Challenge

JANUARY 26 - MARCH 19

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Join AhealthyU for The AhealthyU Weight Loss Challenge. This 8-week, team-based program for AU Faculty and Staff members will reward participants for losing* weight as well as tracking healthy living goals.

*Individuals who fall within the healthy BMI range at the initial weigh in will have the option to maintain their current weight. See below for further details. 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

NEW for 2015!

  • Take the guesswork out of your goal - Weight loss goals based on nationally standardized categories
  • Focus beyond weight and track your healthy living goals with WELLog
  • Chances to win Team, Individual, and Raffle PRIZES!
  • All AhealthyU Weight Loss Challenge participants will receive a pass to attend two AhealthyU Group Exercise classes each week at no-cost throughout the Challenge. Pass grants access to group exercise classes only, not to locker rooms or other fitness center facilities.

Attend the ORIENTATION SESSION on Wednesday, January 21st from 12pm - 1pm in MGC 330N to learn how to get the most out of your WELLog! Light Lunch provided. RSVP required: Click here to RSVP to the Orientation Session

1. Form a Team

Gather up your friends and colleagues around campus to form a team. Teams of 4 are required for participation and should include 1 Team Captain. All teams should be formed prior to registration and each team will need a team name for identification. Every participant will need to complete the online registration form. Individuals who are not on a team should indicate that they are a "free agent" on the registration form. All "free agents" will be assigned to a team by AhealthyU.

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2. Register Online

Complete this online registration form. Every participant in the Weight Loss Challenge must complete a separate online registration form. Deadline for registration is Friday, January 23.

To participate in the challenge, each member of the team is required to:

1. Sign a liability waiver

2. Pay the $5 registration fee, which is directly contributed to the prize pot* for the top three teams

The liability waiver and $5 payment can be mailed to AhealthyU in MGC 330-O, or participants can bring them to the first weigh-in. The liability waiver can also be submitted electronically by using an e-signature or scanning the signed document and emailing it to ahealthyu@american.edu

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3. Establish Goals

Participants will establish a weight goal (tracked through weigh-ins) and two additional healthy living goals (tracked through WELLog entries).

Weight Goal

During the first week of the program all participants will be required to weigh in with AhealthyU. At the first weigh-in, participants will be classified into a BMI range and each member of the team will be provided a weight loss goal based on this range (see table below). These ranges are established from national standard BMI categories. The categories are associated with a weight loss goal based on percentage of start weight.

Participants who fall in the healthy BMI ranges will have the choice to either maintain or lose weight, and will also be provided a goal based on the appropriate category. Participants who choose to maintain their weight must stay within 2% of their start weight. 

Participants will not be penalized for losing more weight than their established goal, but will not be awarded extra points for doing so. 

BMI categories and associated weight loss goals:

BMI RANGE

18.5 – 21.9

22 – 24.9

25 – 29.9

30 or greater

 

Choice to maintain (stay within 2% of start weight) or lose 1% of starting weight

Choice to maintain (stay within 2% of start weight) or lose 2% of starting weight

Lose 4% of starting weight

Lose 5% of starting weight


Standings will be determined based on the percentage of weight loss goal that each team has achieved. Individual weights will not be shared with others.

Note: BMI (Body Mass Index) is a height to weight ratio. It does not take into account muscle mass, age, or activity level. BMI is widely accepted as a practical and valid tool for identifying individuals who may be at risk for weight-related health problems. Carrying any amount of extra body weight puts added stress on the body.

Click the following link for more information on BMI and for a BMI Calculator


WELLog Goals

In addition to tracking weight, All participants will establish two additional healthy living goals of their choice prior to the start of the challenge. These goals should fall within the categories of: Healthy Eating, Physical Activity, Water Intake, Mood/Stress, Gratitude, and Sleep. Here are examples of WELLog goals:
-Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day
-Log one thing you are thankful for each day
-Sleep 8 hours every night

 

4. Earn Points

Participants will have the opportunity to earn points for their team each week through Check-ins at the AhealthyU Office in MGC 330-O. For participants who work off-campus, please email AhealthyU to set up a weekly check-in at your satellite location. Check-ins consist of weighing in and showing WELLog entries. Click the link below to see the schedule for dates and times of check-ins. Missed check-ins will result in a 2-pound penalty for the individual for that week.

Check-In Schedule


Weight Points:

-Weight Loss Participants: points are awarded based on percentage of weight loss goal achieved at final weigh-in (Ex: if 100% of goal is achieved = 100 points)
-Weight Maintenance Participants: at final weigh-in, 100 points are awarded for staying within 2% of start weight (0 points awarded if out of this range)

WELLog Points:

-Participants receive one point for logging each day and for each goal activity (potential for 14 points per week)
-Note: AhealthyU staff members will not read each entry in full, but will tabulate the number of days and activities the participant logged

Grand total = Weight Points + WELLog Points


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4. Win Great Prizes

Grand Prizes
Each participant will pay $5 to be a part of the Weight Loss Challenge. This money makes up the prize* pot for the top three teams. The first place team will split ½ of the total pot among the members. The second place team will receive 2/3 of the remaining ½ of the total pot to split among them. The third place team will share the remaining money from the pot among the members. 

Weekly Raffles

Each week, participants who complete a check-in will be entered into a weekly raffle to win prizes for their team. Raffle winners have a choice between a seated massage for their team or a $60 voucher to the Farmers Market (split among team members).

Individual Prizes
All participants who finish the program within 2% of their goal weight will be eligible to receive a prize, including an AhealthyU wicking T-Shirt, CoolMax Athletic Socks, AhealthyU Yoga Mat, or inflatable Exercise Ball.

*Prize money is subject to tax

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