Insurance company weight-loss program...
Thursday, March 22, 2018
‘Never underestimate the power of passion.’ (Unknown)
Today is: ‘National Goof Off Day’. :P
On this day in history:
- (1621) 1st American non-aggression treaty was signed.
- (1948) Andrew Lloyd Weber was born.
I’m not sure if I mentioned it before, but my insurance through work offers employees cheaper rates if they participate in their weight-loss program (minimum requirement 16 weeks… entire program is 52 weeks).
Sounds great doesn’t it? It’s not.
Yes, the insurance company gives initiatives to lure people into participating…
1) Cheaper insurance rates for participating.
2) A ‘complete’ weight-loss kit that includes everything needed to ‘succeed’
• Mini / personal blender, food scale, portion plate, measuring spoons / cups
• Water bottle
• Fitness DVD’s, resistance band, pedometer
• Weight (bathroom) scale, measuring tape
• Recipe book, workout plan book & 2 informational books
3) A personal wellness coach (available online)
Sounds appealing, right?
Did I mention that each participant is required to attend weekly live group sessions w/ their wellness coach online (the insurance company sets up a specific day / time prior to the start of program)? The only way to talk privately w/ the wellness coach is to schedule an individual appointment time.
• Each weekly session is 30 minutes & consists of nothing but a lecture & video.
There is no real motivation to stick with the program other than receiving cheaper insurance rates. In fact, the majority of participants only participate for 16 out of the 52 weeks because they lose interest & the motivation to stick with the program.
Yes, the program has a website & app for tracking meals, fitness, & weight. But, they are not all that user friendly... And the only program requirement is to use the website / app to track weight (If a person chooses to track meals & fitness activity, they can use whatever website they want to.)
As with every weight-loss program, information is provided about ways to lose weight. However, this program’s main focuses are 1) (anything) food related & a person’s actual weight. Because the program provides fitness DVD’s, pedometer, resistance band, & workout book; there is very little fitness information provided during the weekly live online sessions.
But is this really an effective program (assuming a person sticks with it)?