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11/19/14 3:24 P

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Hi,

I am wanting to start the Healthywage challenge, but it makes me worry because when I Google them all I see is news outlets talking about how great they are. What I'm not seeing is winners on Youtube that aren't seen on television shows etc. I know that people Youtube just about everything, so why not their winnings? All of the winners are being interviewed by news anchors or at morning television.

I've seen some people mention they have files of responses from HW's email team and I would like to get my hands on this. Let me know if you can help.

Thanks!

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10/25/14 11:07 A

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no.
But here is a UVioO video that I found just today about it...

See for yourself:

HealthyWage: Video Verification http://www.uvioo.com/video?m=LPittari&so=yt&v=6lBlfphHHUI



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9/20/14 3:36 P

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I can see how that happened, and why you feel that you were ripped off. I don't think it's a total scam, though. They are saying that you missed reaching your goal by 2/10ths of a pound.

The decimal thing should definitely be cleared up in the rules and when anyone weighs, because they do round up and down on their website (at least when I do my weekly weigh-in), which I find unnecessary and confusing as well. What's the point? I am very clear that I need to lose a total of 40 lbs, period. When I look at the graph that shows my verified starting weight, it does show it rounded up from 185.6 to 186, which I can see could be construed as that's the weight they are using, and if I reported my "winning" weight as 146 instead of 145.6, they would say that I lost.

My weekly weigh ins are reported correctly, using the decimals - it shows today that I have lost 9.6 lbs, and that my goal weight is clearly 145.6.

But I can see how if THEY used your starting weight as 171 all through your challenge, you have a legitimate gripe, and I think you should pursue it.

I also think that you should be careful about painting HeathyWage with such a broad brush, saying that it is a scam, implying that they are totally dishonest and they never pay off. I can understand your disgust and dismay with the way HW has handled your case, since they seem to be the ones who made it unclear as to what your goal weight was.

But telling your side of what happened is important, so that people know to be very careful about their reported weights, and ask questions during the challenge if there are any...and SAVE any answers you get. I have a file going with answers about questions I emailed them about - such as I gave my height as what the doctor's office told me I was, and later HW said it has to match my driver's license, which is an inch taller because I've shrunk and the DL was issued 12 years ago. So I emailed them and asked if there was going to be a problem, as I worry about little details like that tripping me up, and HW using it as a way to not pay off.

I do hope you pursue this with HW and with BBB and any other consumer advocates you can. I think it's important that they clear this up and change it so they always use the decimals and keep it very clear what the "winning" goal weight is. I think you have a case, especially since they didn't contact you right away. Good luck!!

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9/20/14 2:36 P

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Thank you for the advice, that most certainly is my next step. What actually happened is that when I completed my verified weigh ins, they reported my weight to the closest round number meaning my starting weight was 171 lbs but on the scale it was 170.6 lbs. And so the goal weight was 151. When I weighed in the 2nd time it was 150.8 lbs. So they after I reported that I won, they converted both the initial and goal weight to the decimal figures after the fact. So they claim I list by 0.2 lbs. However ni where on the site did it say IG would include decimals and if they wanted to include it, it should have been done when they verified the weigh in. Further if they had a concern , they should have said it during my 2 week period. By the end of the period I was 148lbs. So I could gave done another weigh in but they chose to wait until the time had run out to tell me.

Since its a 600$ matter, I can't just let it slide. I will have to complain to the BBB or file a small claims matter.

I see where you think that it would be my fault because I didn't follow the rules so I explained the situation because my goal is for others to be careful but also for advice.

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9/20/14 12:39 P

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What was their reason for not giving you your winnings? If that is true, and you completed the challenge fair and square, then you should look into contacting someone about this fraud. Healthy Wage says that they have been monitored by the BBB for years and have an A rating, so if you have a legitimate gripe, then I'd start by contacting the BBB, and I'm sure there are many other consumer groups who would be interested to hear your story.

As for me, I feel that there are too many people using HealthyWage and too much publicity for them to really be in the business of ripping people off. We'd have heard many more stories like this. It makes me wonder "why" - if they didn't pay off, then maybe a person didn't follow the rules.

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9/20/14 12:13 P

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Hi I wanted to share my story about healthy wage. It is a complete scam. I signed up to lose 29 lbs and I did by the time I had my 2nd verified weigh in 6 months later. But they refused to give me the winnings. I lost 600$ To this website. The customer service representative jimmy literally started yelling that I wasn't entitled to my winning after the verified weigh in said that I had won. It's been over a month now and these people still refuse to send me the winnings. I'm completely disillusioned and my whole experience is ruined. Before signing up I looked at reviews and I saw no negative ones do I thought it would be okay. I'm writing this so other can see my very real experience from aug 2014 and know what a scam this is. Beware people out there.

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8/16/14 12:04 P

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Wow, Denayap, you are really going for it!! 10 lbs a month is an amazing goal!!! I know you can do it, too!!! We WILL be successful!!
I really wish that Healthy Wage had a message board like this so individuals could share their triumphs and struggles to encourage and support each other. I miss that.
I will be thinking of you and I wish you the very best in your weight loss journey. Your next birthday is going to be AMAZING!!!

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8/15/14 9:00 P

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I just loved reading your message SEM8272 because I just joined Healthy Wage as an individual as well today, the day after my birthday because I want to make next years birthday a whole different experience and get back to the me that I remember. I bet $100 a month for 6 months that I would lose 60 pds but I actually want to lose more and I know I can do it! I have faith in you as well! I like how you talk! You are going to be successful! Like you said, the extra money is nothing to laugh at either! :)

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8/1/14 11:54 P

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I just joined Healthy Wage as an individual on Tuesday. Like you, Rosielam, I need extra motivation, and right now having someone pay me to lose weight is very motivating. I bet $100 a month for 12 months that I can lose 40 lbs, which I think is doable for me (obese, over 60, sedentary, and having a tough time sticking to a "diet"). I am excited about this, as I will double my money if I lose the weight. I realize that staying motivated for a whole year (and thereafter) will be difficult. The website is very clear that only 33% or so are successful. I intend to be one of the successful ones. I am planning on doing some traveling next summer, and the extra money will be very welcome - as will be being in better shape.

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7/21/14 3:09 A

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I just read about this in All You magazine. What the heck, I'm giving it a go. Maybe it'll be the motivation I need to do this once and for all!



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Joe, this is a fantastic note! I have never posted before but I had just read a great review of Healthy Wage in one of the many magazines I receive. I wish I could remember which one but I only made a note to myself to look up the website. Your website was mentioned in either Family Circle, Woman's Day or Redbook! Can't wait to get started.



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6/17/14 1:50 P

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Hi -- it's Joe Olson from HealthyWage.

To be honest, I find the suspicion on this thread pretty frustrating. HealthyWage is more than five years old and has had a public presence with lots of winners profiled in lots of major press (e.g., Good Morning America, the Today show, etc.).

We run wellness challenges at dozens of Fortune 500 companies -- e.g., GE, Oracle, CVS, etc. -- which you can verify by looking at our press page. For example, we have been on the cover of Employee Benefit News in just the last year for our work with Domino's. There are myriad other examples.

Our programs are available to non-corporate participants as well -- i.e., everyday people -- and we have an A rating from the Better Business Bureau.

The reason our winners sometimes post on threads like this (creating new profiles in the process) is that we ask them to do so! We have no other way to counteract the unfounded skepticism on threads like this. The trouble is, almost anything we do is viewed by some folks as a reason to be suspicious, even when there is nothing to be suspicious about.

A quick examination of the evidence (e.g., our corporate roster, our press stories, including Consumer Reports, our company's vast reputation, etc.) reveals that there's no reason to be skeptical.

If anyone has any questions, I'd be happy to answer them here.

Cheers to good health!

Joe Olson
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HealthyWage

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6/11/14 6:45 P

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Even though I had never posted on this site before, I thought when I posted my review of Healthy Wage that it might help someone. I guess that plan backfired and made people more skeptical. I too was skeptical in the beginning, so I don't blame people for thinking that it is a scam! It is not, and I did receive the money. You either believe it or you don't. I tried......

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6/11/14 11:19 A

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The amount of people who created a profile just to comment on this thread makes Healthy Wage seem like a scam. Nope.

I tried DietBet, but I just didn't have the money to keep it up. Good thing I was able to get a refund.

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6/11/14 10:32 A

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i am saddened by half these comments stating that it's a scam. it would be great to be able to do it individually and for $10, not $75, but not if you never get email responses or your money!



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6/11/14 7:47 A

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Hello,
I wanted to post a review of my experience with Healthy Wage. In May 2013, I signed up for the ten percent challenge and the BMI challenge. I had also joined Weight Watchers about a month before finding about Healthy Wage. Last November, I completed my ten percent challenge and got paid 300.00, and since I still had some weight to lose, I signed up for another ten percent challenge. I have lost 53 pounds and got to my goal weight. I lowered my BMI by ten points and lost almost 30 percent of my body weight. All together I have won 1,600.00 from Healthy Wage. I highly recommend this program to anyone who needs the extra motivation of a financial reward. At first I was skeptical of Healthy Wage...it seemed too good to be true! But I did some research and took a chance and it paid off. I wanted to lose the weight and get my health back, and finding out that I could get paid in the process was definitely a bonus. Healthy Wage gives you 12 months to complete the BMI challenge and I believe that timeframe is what gave me the tools to learn to make this a lifestyle and not just a diet.

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4/29/14 1:06 P

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Hello all,

I heard about HealthyWage from a friend who was trying to encourage a group of us to participate with her in a team weightloss challenge where we would compete against others from all over the country for a $10,000 prize. At first I thought it was a scam but after researching it I figured it was worth a try. Also, I thought it would be a great way to get motivated about working out again after a knee injury (partial ACL tear). The knee injury and my desk job kept me relatively inactive for quite some time. With the group challenge, the team's enthusiasm was high in the beginning and we encouraged each other throughout but after the 1st month I could see that only 2 of our 5 team members were serious about the challenge. This was evident in the stats that we would log each week on the HealthyWage site. Though we did not meet our goal as a team, I made great progress with my weightloss goals and decided to participate in the HealthyWage 10% Challenge. My strategy was simple. I tracked my calorie consumption on the "MyFitnessPal" app and I would workout at least 3 times per week. I also joined a fitness group called "Hardbody Outdoor Fitness" to keep myself on track with workouts. I got lots of encouragement there too. I did have some setbacks... I lost much of the weight early during the 6 month challenge and ended up gaining a bit during the holiday season and during a week long vacation cruise to Mexico. I was not as diligent with tracking my calories during that time. It was disappointing but I talked with the instructor/trainer to get back on track and exceeded the target weightloss goal by the end. I verified my "weigh-out" with my "Hardbody Outdoor Fitness" trainer and received the HealthyWage award ($300 check) by mail about three weeks later. In my opinion, the financial incentive helped a lot with staying on track because it serves as a reminder to make healthier choices. I have been successful in the HealthyWage 10% Challenge and I would recommend this to others. I had fun with it and because I would like to lose a few more pounds, I will participate in another HealthyWage Challenge (it doesn't hurt to have a financial incentive to do it). If you try it, I hope you have fun too. Good luck.

---DBM

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Hi, do you still need someone for your team? If you do please let me know. I wanted to do the challenge but don't have a team.

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2/11/14 9:39 P

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I did the team challenge that started August 2013, and ended November 15, 2013 and my team won the top prize and they did pay us the money. The name of my team was "All in to Win". It was hard, besides having every member of our team lose 16.6% of our starting body weight, we also had to get the most people to vote for us on facebook, for six mini challenges. The votes break a weight tie, and we were tied with the second place team. So, the contest is legit, and the weight loss team challenge costs 75 dollars to join. Only the top 3 teams win money; first place splits 10,000 five ways, second place splits 5,000 and third place splits 3,000. I am starting another team challenge on February 28th, and we need one more team member, if anyone is interested, let me know and we can talk about it. (our fifth teammate is too skinny now to do it again!)

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I'm not sure how that makes them a scam LCULLUM. If they returned your money... they didn't exactly scam you out of anything, did they?

Glad to hear you got a gym membership though... I hope you make great use out of it! I have a recurring membership at Planet Fitness and some months I go maybe 20/30 days and then there have been months where I didn't go at all... and still get charged. Eek. That's a little incentive I've found.. I'm going to get charged whether I go or not, so I might as well make use of the facility since my money's going to them. haha



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1/20/14 8:01 P

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I would say HEATHY Wage is a SCAM. They now allow you to make a wager on how much weight you will lose. After accepting my bet they then sent me an email saying sorry error and we will refund the money you have given us and cancel the bet. As you can imagine I am upset because I have purchased a gym membership as well as home equipment trying to get focused only to have the wager cancelled because I do not fit the parameters of the people allowed to make the bet.

Very upset and disappointed in HEALTHY WAGE. Buyer beware!!!

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12/30/13 4:28 P

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Carrie, how long did it take you to get your money from diet bet?

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Scam adviser says it's a safe and trusted website. us based, the sites is 4 years old.

Seems safe to try out. I wonder if cupcake forgot about this thread?

JD

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12/30/13 12:16 A

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Hey I have never heard about HealthyWage until you mentioned it however it sounds like an interesting motivator if you are being your weight loss journey.

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12/29/13 10:52 P

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Hi Cupcake:

I work at HealthyWage. I'm sorry to hear your review below. Our customer support team is US-based and outstanding, and they respond to 100% of emails they receive (I know because I help monitor the team). I don't know whether our spam system mis-directed your emails or why you never heard back regarding your emails, but that is not the typical experience. Please send me a private message with your email address and I will make sure you get a response, or you can also always call our customer support line at (888) 636-3832.

If you already got through to someone, I'd be grateful if you would reply on this thread so that folks can hear about your prize and outcome.

Best wishes,
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12/20/13 1:32 A

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Thanks for the info about dietbet.com. I'm the kind of person who is externally motivated, so both of these websites seem to be helpful in that regard.
I will definitely look into both of these programs soon.



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12/20/13 12:48 A

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I did a contest on www.dietbet.com, which was actually my first step in getting serious about weight loss. The goal is to lose 4% of your body weight in 4 weeks. Everyone participating puts a set amount of money in the pot and has an official weigh in. After four weeks, you have an official weigh out. The pot gets divided amongst everyone that meets the goal. I put $10 in for the one I did, met the goal, and won $30. Like I said, it was great motivation and accountability to get my weight loss off to a solid start. It also encourages weight loss at a healthy rate. I would recommend it.

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12/19/13 3:52 P

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Hi! I am also curious, Cupcake, did you ever receive a response? Did you get paid? I hope so! Thanks :)



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10/7/13 4:55 P

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Cupcake,
Did you ever get your money from Healthy Wage? My friends and I are doing the Team Challenge where you can win up to $10,000. One of my friends found out through her employer, so I thought it was legit. But we did have to put money in to participate, and of course we have to beat the other teams... Just wondering if the 10% where you can get free money is as good as it sounds!



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I signed up for and did the Healthy Wage 10% challenge. It did help motivate me, but, that's the best I can say about it. Very poorly run. They NEVER answer e-mails. You get an automatically generated e-mail saying that they received your e-mail and will answer it right away, and then.....they never answer! I have 4 unanswered e-mails with them over the last few months, including the final one I sent after my final weigh in where I lost my 10%. They very vague instructions tell you that you will receive your payment about 30 days after your final weigh-in, so, after I submitted my final weigh-in video, I waited a few days, then sent an e-mail asking how I will know if my video was approved, what form will my payment come in, what I was supposed to do now, etc, and of course, like all of the other times, I havve received no answer, and it has been about 2 1/2 weeks since this last e-mail. No money. No answer. We'll see how it all turns out. I will write another review if I ever hear from them again.

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No kidding! Too bad I didn't know about it when I had 50 lbs to lose!
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Had never heard about healthywage until your post. I read a few online reviews and the whole thing just sounds shady to me. Not something that I'd try.



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Good morning!
I am curious if anyone here has ever tried HealthyWage, the website that pays you money for weight loss. Yes, I know I am supposed to strive for internal motivation, but by nature, I'm competitive! Here's a link:
http://www.healthywage.com/

Has anyone done this? If you have (successfully) did they pay you? Anything fishy I should know about?
Thanks! :-)

E.C. aka "Hoodie"



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