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NEW YORK, NY (KYTX)– On the heels of recent reports that Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples "has awarded $809,979 to schools and community organizations throughout the state to expand or enhance obesity prevention and nutrition programs," HealthyWage.com, the industry-leading purveyor of financial incentive-based weight loss programs and contests for both businesses and individuals, today relatedly announced that Texas-based organizations lead its client roster of forward-thinking entities leveraging its innovative, outside-the-box competition-driven weight loss programs to better incent staffers to battle the bulge, realize greater success with their diet and fitness endeavor, and win financial rewards in kind.  To date, HealthyWage.com has executed its popular $10,000 Team Weight Loss Challenge and/or other of its novel "money motivation" diet and fitness programs, each as described below, for over fifty client organizations throughout Texas.

According to the CDC more than 65 percent of Texas adults age 18 and above are overweight, and fully 30.4 percent of adults are obese. Sadly, Texas is among the top 12 in the nation with adult obesity rates above the 30 percent mark. With the glut of full-time workers in Texas contending with obesity and other chronic health troubles costing billions annually in lost productivity from absenteeism, coupled with even more staggering productivity loss from the four-times more detrimental "Presenteeism," it's no wonder Texas companies, hospitals, health systems, insurers, school systems, municipal governments and other organizations, including those listed below, are partnering with HealthyWage to successfully employ the spirit of competition and cash rewards to improve staff wellness, more effectively compel men to lose weight, and, in promoting these organization-wide behavioral changes, boost their own bottom lines.

The following companies and organizations, among over fifty others, have participated in HealthyWage programs:

Corporate:

  • Huntsman
  • Noble Energy
  • Phillips 66
  • 7-Eleven
  • Zales


Education:

  • Houston Independent School District
  • Dallas Independent School District
  • Austin Independent School District
  • Brownsville Independent School District.


"This past year we've seen a surge in Texas-based employers seeking to offer weight loss programs that will better engage and excite the staff and, ultimately, more effectively achieve health and overriding fiscal program goals," notes David Roddenberry, CEO of HealthyWage.com. "But that's no surprise given multiple highly credible studies underscore the effectiveness of employing financial incentives and peer support to motivate weight loss.  Our various tailored monetary incentive and team-based weight loss programs are helping employee groups throughout Texas get fit and healthy using a unique and proven effective motivation paradigm while concurrently helping organizations significantly stem staff health-related losses."

HealthyWage is at the forefront of the health incentives trend - efforts the company hopes will counter costly alternatives overweight and obese individuals will face up ahead. This includes the recent health care Bill Affordable Care Act (Section 2705) stipulating that, starting in 2014, employers can use measures such as BMI to adjust employee health insurance premiums based on outcome-based wellness incentives by up to 30% - up from the current 20% level. The economic impact of such measures will be significant given the high percentages of full-time workers in Texas and beyond who have less than ideal health, as reported by Employee Benefit News. In addition to weight, chronic health conditions that also drain worker productivity include a diagnosis of heart attack, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, depression, and recurring physical pain in the back or knee or leg. The ripple effect of obesity is seemingly endless.

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