Booz Allen Hamilton Team Challenge FAQ

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Challenge Dates

Challenge start date: January 30, 2015.
Challenge end date (and verified weigh-outs must be completed by): April 24, 2015.
Winners will be announced on May 15, 2015.

Why should I join?

Because it works and it's a lot of fun! Team weight loss is exciting and effective because it harnesses the power of positive peer pressure, the excitement of achieving goals with teammates, and the thrill of competition and big cash prizes. Participants in the contests have lost hundreds of thousands of pounds in the last two years. Teams forming now!

How does it work?

The Team Challenge is a three-month weight loss challenge in which teams of five compete to win cash prizes (usually more than $18,000 per challenge—details here). The winning team is the one that loses the greatest percentage of weight during the contest.

How much does it cost?

The entrance fee is $23.33/month (or $70) if you're participating through a company. For Booz Allen employees participating in the challenge, the firm will cover $20.00 of the entrance fee thus making the entrance fee $50.00 for employees. The entrance fee allows you to compete for the cash prizes (usually more than $18,000 per challenge). During the Team Challenge, you can win hundreds of dollars in additional prizes in our fun weekly contests. Lose 10% of your weight six months after your challenge ends and you can receive a full reimbursement of your registration fee.

How do you help me stay on track during the twelve week contest?

The Team Challenge is based on team support and motivation, which provides accountability and success. To make it lots of fun, each week, we provide you with tips and tricks to help you and your team stay on track. We also have weekly challenges with prizes for the winning teams!

Do I need a team of five?

Yes, it's a team-based weight loss challenge. You can have your family, friends or co-workers on your team. Teams must be have at least one Booz Allen employee on the team. Note, clients of Booz Allen are not eligible to participate on a Booz Allen team. If you don't have a team of five, don't worry—we will match you up with new friends when the contest starts (we make sure everyone is on a team). Children under the age of 18 are not permitted to use the website or participate in the challenge.

I formed a team; how do my friends and family join my team?

Ask them to visit the Team Challenge page. After they register, they will choose your team from a list.

Do I need to send my friends and family an invitation through your website?

Although through the registration site you are able to send invitations to join your team to your family and friends, you are not required to send invitations. Just let them know that they need to register online at the Team Challenge page. After they register, they will arrive at the page with a list of teams and will be able to search by company and choose your team from the list.

Is there a deadline for registering, adding teammates and weighing-in at the beginning of the contest?

No, but the longer you wait after the contest starts, the less time you'll have to lose weight! Note, the weight loss challenge begins January 30.

My company is participating, do my teammates have to be co-workers?

No! You may have anyone on your team. Note, Booz Allen clients are not able to participate on Booz Allen specific teams and children under the age of 18 are not permitted to use the website or participate in the challenge. The contest is great for families or friends to work together.

Do I need to have my weight verified?

Yes—twice: once at the beginning (anytime on or after the start date) and once at the end (within two weeks before, or on, the end date) of the program.

Where do I get my weight verified?

You have two options: (1) it's easy to get verified at home by making a private weight verification video following these instructions or (2) you can get your weight verified at by any fitness profession (e.g., your health club), doctor or as part of your normal Weight Watchers weigh-in. If you do not belong to Weight Watchers or a health club, many health clubs are willing to help out – be sure to call ahead. Note: if you are a corporate participant, please stand by; we will automatically send you a list of weigh-in centers the week of the contest start date.

How do you calculate a team's percentage weight loss?

We take the average of each team member's weight loss percentage. To calculate your individual weight loss percentage, take the number of pounds you have lost divided by your starting weight.

Do you have any rules to prevent excessive, unhealthy weight loss?

Yes. In order to encourage healthy weight loss, we only count weight loss up to 16.6% per person. Any individual weight loss beyond 16.6% does not count for the challenge. So, the winning team is the one where each team member gets closest to the cap. Note: it is OKAY to lose more than 16.6% (you won't be disqualified), but the extra weight you lose above 16.6% will not count toward your team's weight loss for the challenge.

What if there's a tie?

In the unlikely event of a tie for weight loss percentage, we will break the tie by looking to the aggregate ribbon count of each team -- most ribbons wins. In the extreme case of a tie for aggregate ribbon count, we will pool the relevant prizes and divide equally among the tied teams. For example, if two teams are tied for first, we will pool the first and second place prizes and divide the total between the two teams (and the next highest ranking team will get the third place prize). If four teams are tied, we will pool the first, second and third place prizes and divide the total between the four teams. No other teams will win any prizes. All determinations of winners will be managed by HealthyWage and are final – they cannot be appealed.

What are ribbons and why do I need to earn them?

Ribbons are a fun way to keep track of your effort and achievement, and research shows that you're more likely to lose weight if you divide your goals into bite-size mini-goals.  The ribbons take this concept to another level by making the mini-goals social (people can see when you earn a ribbon) and fun.  You can earn ribbons for taking certain actions and for achieving certain milestones throughout the challenge. Ribbons are not required, but they are important because (1) they improve your odds of success; and 2) in the unlikely event that you are tied with another team in the challenge, the tie will be broken based on which team has earned the most ribbons.

For each challenge there's also an individual prize jackpot. At the end of the challenge, the top 4 individuals with the most aggregate ribbons for the challenge will split the pot evenly. Individuals whose team wins a major prize are not eligible for ribbon prizes, giving everyone a shot at some extra cash! Ribbon prize winners will be announced with the winning teams at the end of each challenge. Ribbon prize ties will not be broken. Individuals tied for the first 4 slots will be included in the split of the jackpot - e.g, if the jackpot is $1,200 and five people are tied for first place, all five will split the $1,200 pot evenly for a prize of $240 each. 

Is there any way to get a discount on my registration fee?

Yes, Booz Allen employees are eligible for a discount on registration because Booz Allen will cover $20.00 of the cost for employees who participate.

Can I participate if I am pregnant?

No. But you can sign up if you've recently had your baby, if your doctor says it's okay.

Can I participate if I am on weight loss pills or if I have had or am planning to have bariatric surgery?

You may not have bariatric surgery during or up to one year prior to the contest. Diet pills may be used only with advanced Doctor approval. Contact us at to discuss this before signing up.

Do I have to live in the same city as my teammates?

No! You and your teammates can live in different parts of the country, and get weighed-in at different gyms and/or doctors.

Do I have to get a membership or a personal trainer at the gym where I weigh-in?

No. You are under no obligation to any health club weigh-in station. While we encourage you to support our sponsors and partners, the weigh-ins are free and without obligation.

Can I get a refund once I start the program?

HealthyWage will only issue refunds before the start-date of the challenge or in cases where medical issues or pregnancy prevent you from continuing the program.

Will others see my weight information?

No. No one else will see your actual weight (including your Booz Allen). Only your percentage weight loss will be visible to other users.

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