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Healthy Weight @ UNI

2019 Healthy Weight @UNI, Weight loss support for a healthier you

WW (formerly Weight Watchers)

WW at Work - employee testimonial

"I did the biometric screening the end of April. From when we started, I have dropped in Triglycerides and cholesterol. My BMI dropped out of the obese category and by 4 points. My body fat percentage had dropped 3% and I lost 5 inches off my waist. This was one of the main reasons I wanted to lose get those numbers better! I also have not had to use any asthma meds this year while biking."

Why a nutrition based weight loss program?

The program encourages movement and being active, however, the primary focus is on managing what you are eating, with an emphasis on eating nutritious foods as a part of a healthy lifestyle.

Who should participate?

This weight loss program was designed to assist employees in meeting their health goals.

If your health care provider has recommended you lose weight to improve your health, then this program is for you!

Some of the benefits you may experience include:

  • increased energy and stamina
  • lifelong tools to maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • tools to maintain weight loss
  • support from other participants and colleagues

With as little as 10 pounds of weight loss you may also experience:

  • lower blood pressure
  • decreased risk of diabetes
  • decreased risk of heart disease
  • decreased risk of stroke
  • decreased risk of some cancers
  • reduced risk of osteoarthritis
  • reduction of body/joint pain

What this program is…

This program is being offered to non-temporary employees, with an appointment of nine months or longer and working 20 hours or more per week. We are offering WW at Work. UNI Employee Well-being will pay for an annual WW membership fee for 50 participants. Participants must actively participate in the programs from start to finish. Employees with the greatest chance of their health benefiting from these programs will be given first priority. Any employee identified as participating in an unhealthy manner, or whose health would not benefit from weight loss, will not be allowed to participate.

Participants chosen for the Healthy Weight program will be enrolled in to WW at Work.

What this program is not…

This program is NOT a weight loss competition or a "biggest loser" program. This program is only to support employees that medically need to lose weight and to provide resources for them to lose weight in a healthy manner.

This is NOT about being one body shape and size. We are each uniquely beautiful the way we are. This program does not focus on appearance or body image, but rather being healthy and improving our health related numbers (e.g., blood pressure, cholesterol, etc.).

WW at Work

The WW program is a lifestyle modification program. According to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, WW participants achieved at least 2.6% greater weight loss than those assigned to control/education. This program offers the convenience of on-campus in-person meetings with colleagues. WW also offers a electronic self-paced application. Both options can be balanced at your comfort level.

Learn More About WW

WW Membership Details

If a selected participant is currently a member of WW they will need to transfer their membership to WW at Work. Instructions: If selected, call the WW customer service number, and request a membership transfer to the WW at Work sponsored by UNI. This will allow you to maintain your membership ID, information, and history with WW.

For current WW members that are not selected, you are able to participate by joining as a paying member. You MUST attend the kick-off to sign-up. Payments will be made directly to WW via cash, check or credit card payment. Payroll deduct is not an option.

Weekly Workshop

Wednesdays, Gilchrist 007
Wellness Check-In: 6:45 a.m. to 7:15 a.m.
Wellness Workshop: 7:15 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.

Wednesdays, Gilchrist 007
Wellness Check-In: 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Wellness Workshop: 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Wednesdays, Gilchrist 007
Wellness Check-in: 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Wellness Workshop: 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Thursdays, Gilchrist 007
Wellness Check-In: 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Wellness Workshop: 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

The number of workshops provided is dependent on the number of enrolled WW at Work members.

Program Phases

Healthy Weight 2020 Timeline
Date Task/Responsibility

Application Process (January - March 2020)

Complete the application by selecting the "Apply Now" button at the bottom of this web page.

January 24, 2020

Application Due Date

January 31, 2020, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Safety Training Room
3219 Hudson Road

Required Confidential Biometric Screening
All applicants must complete a confidential biometric screening prior to acceptance either. The sign-up for the confidential biometric screening and additional information is the application. MercyOne will use this information to select participants based on those that will experience the greatest health benefit.

March 4, 2020

Approval Notifications
All applicants will receive notification of their acceptance status by March 4, 2020. Applicants not chosen for the program at this time, can join by as a paying member. All members must attend the kick-off the week of March 10. Further details on kick-off times and locations will be sent to all applicants.

Pre-Assessment (March 10, 2020)

Selected participants must complete a pre-assessment. This will be sent to applicants by e-mail and MUST be completed by the kick-off week of March 8, 2020.

Kick-off (week of March 8, 2020)

All members must attend a kick-off session to be signed-up as a member of the WW at Work group. Further details will be provided on exact dates and times, following acceptance into the program.

Program Length (March 2021)

UNI will pay for one year of WW at Work for members. There will be a post-assessment and biometric screening required after one year of the program.

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