A few blogs back I wrote about a company out of Cleveland,
FIT Technologies, who came up with a great incentive program to help change
their employees lifestyle choices -thereby creating healthier & happier
employees.

The Weight Reduction incentive program offers a series of
incentives. To participate in the program, employees must have a
reduction goal of 10% of their weight or greater.

Employees will establish a goal weight/reduction
percentage. (Official weigh-in required)

Employees will receive a $100.00 bonus for each 10%
increment of weight loss from the initial weigh-in weight. (Official
weigh-in required)

When employees reach their established goal weight, they
notify Human Resources to confirm the goal has been reached. (Official
weigh-in required)

Scenario A: Once employees maintain their goal weight
(within 2 lbs.) for 90 days, they will receive a $500.00 bonus. (Official
weigh-in required)

Scenario B: If after 90 days, employees exceed the 2 lb.
cushion, employees will need to return to their goal weight and maintain the
goal weight for 30 days to receive the $500.00 bonus

Scenario C: If an employee's established goal weight meets
the Weight Guide below, and they maintain the goal weight (within 2 lbs.) for
90 days they will receive a $500.00 bonus.

These employees are eligible for an additional anniversary
incentive: If an employee maintains his/her weight (within 2 lbs.) listed on
the Weight Ranges chart for 12 months, he/she will receive $500.00
annually.

Well, the first quarter results are in! But before we reveal how the program is
doing…can you believe that one of the company's co-founders, Michelle Tomallo, has
such a personal interest in the program, that she is committed to everyone's
success. Two or the participants in the program, who did not make the charts
this quarter, asked Michelle to weigh them every two weeks because they felt
that it would be very motivating. Get this…Michelle was happy to help.

In her words, Congratulations to all of our staff, who
have been working diligently over the last quarter to make improvements in
their health, eating habits, and exercise routines. Whether you lost one
pound or 100 pounds, you are working to improve your health, fitness and energy
level. If you're one of those people who didn't lose weight first
quarter—this quarter is another chance to work toward your goal.

Congratulations to those of you who have stopped smoking,
you rock. You're doing a great thing for your body and your life.

Employees Dan, Eric and Ann were the top highest percent of
weight lost - 12%, 11% and 8.8% respectively. Here are some of their winning secrets.

Here's a few simple and practical suggestions from our
employees:

Eat less. Move more. Take the steps. Ride a bike. Walk.
Swim.

Have gum, mints, or hard candy to satisfy your sweet tooth
instead of chocolate, cookies or candy.

Drink more water. The recommended amount is 64oz per
day. 80% of the time people who think they are hungry are, in fact,
dehydrated/thirsty.

Remember that you have to burn approximately 3500 calories
to lose a pound. Be deliberate about your food choices. Every food choice
has a consequence. Don't overeat.

Think of your goal for weight loss in small segments—think
"I can lose 2 lbs this week!" instead of "how can I lose 22 lbs?"

Two websites Michelle recommends to her employees are www.calorieking.com and www.sparkpeople.com.

Way to go Cleveland! Keep up the great work and dedication!

Cleveland Rocks.

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