The Great American Weight Loss Challenge

Lose to Win and Maintain to Gain!

FEBRARY 17 – MARCH 28

The Weight Loss Challenge is Back!

Join AhealthyU for The Great American Weight Loss Challenge. This 6-week program for AU Faculty and Staff members will reward participants for losing* weight as members of a team.

*Individuals who fall within the healthy BMI range at the initial weigh in will be included in Maintain to Gain, a challenge to maintain their current weight. See below for further details. 

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NEW for 2014!

  • All Great American 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.
  • Weekly health education brown bag workshops exclusively for Weight Loss Challenge participants covering topics that will help them lose weight
  • All Great American Weight Loss Challenge participants set their own weight loss goals!

Are you up for the Challenge?

1. Form a team 

2. Register online 

3. Weigh in weekly

4. Win great prizes

Weight-Loss Resources:

Users must log in to their Wellsource/Wellsuite account and click on "Online Interventions" to access Living Lean

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 (Register Here!) . Every participant in the Weight Loss Challenge must complete the online registration form. Deadline for registration is Friday, February 14.

To participate in the challenge, each member of the team is required to sign a liability waiver.

Each participant must also pay $5, 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 Letts Lower Level 3, 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. Weigh In
During the first week of the program all participants will be required to weigh in with AhealthyU. At the first weigh-in, participants will establish their weight loss goal with the help of the AhealthyU staff. Weight loss goals must result in the participant maintaining a BMI of 20.0 or higher if the goal is achieved by the end of the Weight Loss challenge. 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.

The greatest loss that can be counted per person in one week is 2 lbs. Any weight loss that causes a person to fall under their weight goal will not be counted. 

Participants who have an initial BMI of 21.0 or less will be challenged to maintain their current weight during the Challenge.

Participants will be required to weigh in weekly with AhealthyU in the AhealthyU Office in Letts Lower Level 3 for the duration of the program. See the schedule below for dates, times, and locations of weigh-ins. Missed weigh-ins will result in a 2-pound penalty for that individual.

Weigh-In Schedule 

1st Week Weigh-in:
Monday, February 17 |10:00am - 3:00pm
Tuesday, February 18 | 10:00am - 3:00pm
Wednesday, February 19 | 10:00am - 3:00pm
Thursday, February 20 | 10:00am - 3:00pm

2nd Week Weigh-in:
Monday, February 24 | 10:00am – 3:00pm
Tuesday, February 25 | 10:00am – 3:00pm
Wednesday, February 26 | 10:00am – 3:00pm

3rd Week Weigh-in:
Monday, March 3 | 10:00am – 3:00pm
Tuesday, March 4 | 10:00am – 3:00pm
Wednesday, March 5 | 10:00am – 3:00pm

4th Week Weigh-in:
Monday, March 10 | 10:00am – 3:00pm
Tuesday, March 11 | 10:00am – 3:00pm
Wednesday, March 12 | 10:00am – 3:00pm

5th Week Weigh-in:
Monday, March 17 | 10:00am – 3:00pm
Tuesday, March 18 | 10:00am – 3:00pm
Wednesday, March 19 | 10:00am – 3:00pm

Final Weigh-in:
Monday, March 24 |10:00am - 3:00pm
Tuesday, March 25 | 10:00am - 3:00pm
Wednesday, March 26 | 10:00am - 3:00pm
Thursday, March 27 | 10:00am - 3:00pm

Note: Participants can also weigh in at the Know Your Numbers Screening Event on March 12. Weights taken at this event must be communicated to AhealthyU in order to count toward your weekly weigh-in.

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4. Win Great 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 between them. The second place team will receive 2/3 of the remaining ½ of the total pot to split between them. The third place team will share the remaining money from the pot between them. 

All participants who finish the program within 2% of their goal weight will be eligible to receive a prize, including AhealthyU wicking T-Shirts, CoolMax Athletic Socks, and inflatable Exercise Balls.

*Prize money is subject to tax

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