Maintain, Don’t Gain – Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Get Healthy West Georgia 2013 Maintain, Don’t Gain Challenge?
Made possible through funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Tanner Health System and community partners are sponsoring the Get Healthy West Georgia 2013 Maintain, Don’t Gain Challenge from July 29 to Oct. 21, 2013. The challenge is offered to help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight. You will begin the challenge by joining at www.GetHealthyWestGeorgia.org, completing a short health assessment; accepting the invitation to the weight loss challenge and performing an initial weigh-in.
What is the cost of the challenge?
There is no charge to participate in the Get Healthy West Georgia 2013 Maintain, Don’t Gain Challenge.
Who can participate in the challenge?
The Get Healthy West Georgia 2013 Maintain, Don’t Gain Challenge is open to residents who live or work in Carroll, Haralson and Heard counties and are over the age of 18.
I’d like to be healthier, but don’t need to lose weight. Can I still participate?
Yes! We encourage anyone to participate to learn more about living a healthy lifestyle, even if you don’t need to lose weight.
What are the dates of the Challenge?
The challenge will run from July 29 to Oct. 21, 2013. The initial weigh-in will be from July 22 to July 28. The final weigh-in is from Oct. 14 to Oct. 20.
When will the winners be announced?
The winners of the challenge will be announced on Oct. 26 on the Get Healthy West Georgia Web site.
How do I register for the challenge?
All participants must be registered at Get Healthy West Georgia to participate in the challenge. Be sure to register before attending the initial weigh-in.
- Go to www.GetHealthyWestGeorgia.org.
- Click Get Started.
- Register as a new user and complete a short health assessment
- Accept invitation to join the challenge
Get Healthy West Georgia existing users:
- Go to www.GetHealthyWestGeorgia.org.
- Log in to your account
- Accept invitation to join the challenge
Who will see my personal information and weight?
An impartial qualified staff member from Tanner Health System will conduct the weigh-ins and enter the results into your profile on www.GetHealthyWestGeorgia.org. All of the personal information you provide is securely stored and will not be shared.
All challenge participants must be weighed by the designated person. Verbal or written weights will not be accepted for this challenge.
Will my weight show up on the Web site?
All participants will have the option on the Web site to share their percentage of weight loss during the program but no individual weights will be shown.
How and where do I weigh in?
The dates and times for the official weigh-ins are listed on the web site. Participants must weigh-in at an “official” weigh-in station at the beginning and at the end of the challenge. Height and optional waist circumference also will be measured.
Can we have an official weigh-in station at my company?
Your company or organization may schedule an official weigh-in at your location if you have at least 20 participants. Contact 770.836.9282 if you would like to schedule this.
How often do I have to weigh in during the 12 weeks?
We encourage you to weigh in once per week and record it on Get Healthy West Georgia, Maintain Don’t Gain Challenge, but only the “official” weights will be used to determine the winner. Everyone who weighs in weekly and enters their weight into the Web site will be entered into a prize drawing for that week.
What if I don’t attend the final weigh-in?
If you do not complete a weigh-in as required under the program, your participation in the program and any prizes to which you are entitled under the program will be revoked. Failure to attend a final weigh-in on one of the scheduled dates is defined as dropping out of the challenge.
Can I join the challenge even if I don’t weigh in during the first week?
Anyone can join at any time after the beginning of the challenge, but the “official” weigh-in must be scheduled at Tanner Health Source in Carrollton by calling 770.836.9761. Only individuals who weigh in during the week of Oct. 14-20 will be eligible for the grand prize.
How do you determine Weight Loss Percentage?
Weight loss percentage will be used to determine winners of the challenge and will automatically be calculated in the system. To figure out how to calculate the percentage of weight lost, see the examples below:
Individual Weight Loss Percentage calculation
To calculate your individual weight loss percentage, take the number of pounds you have lost divided by your starting weight. (Lbs. lost / starting weight = X, then X * 100 = %). For example: A 175 pound individual lost 15 pounds. 15 lbs/175=0.0857. Multiply that by 100 to get the percentage lost. 8.57% weight lost.
What are the prizes?
The Grand Prize winner will win a Fitbit wireless fitness tracker. The Grand prize winner will be selected in a random drawing from all of the participants who weighed in during the week of Oct. 14-20 and who have lost or maintained their body weight during the 12 week program, based on the “official” final weigh in. Additional prizes may be awarded throughout the challenge.
Education and Support
What type of education and support will there be to keep me motivated?
The 2013 Maintain, Don’t Gain Challenge is web-based. To make it fun and keep your motivation up, we will provide you with tips to help you stay on track, exercise challenges, nutrition education classes and more you will earn points for participation in Get Healthy West Georgia web programs.
How do I earn points?
Points will be awarded for utilizing tools on the Get Healthy West Georgia Web site and participation in designated events during the challenge. You can earn points on the Web site for logging your exercise, logging your food intake, journaling, reading articles, participating in challenges, etc. See the Points tab on your profile for detailed information. You can also earn points for participation in classes and additional programs that will be offered during the challenge. You will be notified of these opportunities as the program progresses.
Will you offer any group activities?
Live group activities will be offered throughout the challenge period, such as nutrition education classes, group exercise and walks. Points will be awarded for participation in live group activities. Notifications of new activities will be sent as they are scheduled.
Will you offer any nutrition classes?
Healthy For Life classes/group activities will be held at Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton on selected Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to assist you with your weight loss efforts during the challenge. The class will be led by a registered dietitian and an exercise specialist. To register for the class, call 770.836.9761 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. See below for the dates and topics:
July 30- Group activity on the Tanner Walking Trail
Aug. 13 – Community Health Summit
Aug/ 27 – Emotional Eating. Yoga
Sept. 10 – Group activity on the Tanner Walking Trail
Sept. 24 – Healthy Eating on a Budget
Oct. 5 – Virtual Grocery Store Tour
Can I participate if I am pregnant?
You are not eligible for weight loss prizes if you are pregnant at any time while participating in this program. Pregnancy interferes with accurate weight measurements.
What are the rules to prevent excessive and unhealthy weight loss?
In order to encourage healthy weight loss of one to two pounds per week, we only count weight loss up to 14% per person.
Can I participate if I had bariatric surgery?
If you have had bariatric surgery at any time after beginning the weight loss challenge, you are ineligible to receive prizes in the weight loss percentage category due to weight loss unassociated with the program. You may still participate and earn points for participation.
Can I participate if I am using weight loss medications?
This is a healthy lifestyle program. If you are using weight loss medications, you are ineligible to receive prizes in the weight loss percentage category due to weight loss unassociated with the program. You may still participate and earn points for participation.