Find out about the Weight Watchers program and how OSU employees can participate for free!
(Article by Danielle McNaughton, Dietetics Senior)
We have certainly all heard of Weight Watchers or seen the frozen prepared meals in the grocery store, but what exactly is it? Weight Watchers is built on a points system accompanied by weekly group meetings, weigh-ins, recipe suggestions and behavioral counseling. A 2011 study found it was the most effective program for helping dieters lose weight. In 2012 it ranked #1 Best Weight-Loss Diet and Easiest Plan to Follow by U.S. News & World Report.
OSU’s Michelle Mahana has been a member for almost two years with great success. She says “Weight Watchers works because it’s a reminder of how to eat and exercise as we know we should. The program is very supportive.” While sitting in on last week’s meeting and chatting with the instructor and some of the members, I got the sense that WW becomes a way of life rather than a diet; it’s about portion control, no foods are excluded. Confidential weekly weigh-ins are optional and really there to help you reach your personal goals. Meetings have a different topic each week such as “build a smarter salad,” but are primarily there for members to share obstacles and strategies –an encouraging environment.
Weight Watchers for OSU Employees
To the OSU employees reading this: did you know that your Benefit Board (PEBB) offers Weight Watchers to help you reach your weight-loss goals and improve your overall health? 2012 PEBB employees and their covered spouses or domestic partners can enroll in Weight Watchers for FREE! Furthermore there is a monetary incentive for individuals enrolled in the Health Engagement Model (HEM) through PEBB.
Learn more about HEM:http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/benefits/hem
Plageman Student Health Services Building, Conference Room 322
Tuesdays, 13-week series begins July 31 and ends October 23
11:00am-12:00pm -or- 12:00pm-1:00pm
*To renew your participation in Weight Watchers at no-cost, you need to have participated in at least 10 sessions in the previous 13-week series. This means you can participate without cost throughout the year. Therefore join this series by week three (August 14th).
1. Contact Weight Watchers PEBB to request an “at work voucher” and confirmation number: 1-866-454-2144
2. Contact Kathi Carley to sign-up for WW@OSU: 541-737-3106
Interested in learning more about the Weight Watchers program? Check out their official website!