The 4 for $40 (HISD Custom) FAQ


How does it work?

The 4 for $40 Challenge allows you to win money for losing weight - up to $160 in individual prizes (plus team prizes).  All HISD employees are eligible to participate.

  • Sign up now and join or start a team. Users can win individually and as a team.
  • Full teams of 5 are not required.
  • You’ll be working towards 4 monthly weight-loss milestones: 4, 8, 12, and 16 pounds.
  • If you reach or surpass your milestone for that month, you win $40!
  • If you miss your milestone – that’s ok! You won’t get $40 that month, but you’ll have until the next month to reach it! But note – you can only qualify for ONE milestone per month, and you have to reach them in order.
  • If every member of your team reaches a milestone at the end of a particular month, they are entered into a drawing for BIG prizes (you must be on a team to be eligible to win this prize)!

What is the most I can win?

Up to $160 in individual payments, plus any drawings your team might win.  You will win $40 for each milestone you successfully reach.

How much does it cost?

It's FREE!  $0.00.  Nada.

When will I be paid?

Participants that reach their milestone will be paid after the end of each monthly verification with payments being made in March, April, May and June.

Can I participate in the 4 for $40 Challenge at the same time as the 10% Challenge, BMI Challenge, HealthyWager, and Team Challenge?

Absolutely.  You can also sign up for the Team Challenge and HealthyWager.  If you’re already enrolled in the BMI or 10% Challenges, you can add the 4 for $40 challenge.

Do I need to have my weight verified?

Yes.  Once at the beginning, and once and the end of EACH contest period.  There are 5 total verifications:

  • January 30th - Official Start Date
  • January 30th — February 13th: Month 1 Opening weight verifications
  • February 25th — March 3rd: Month 1 Closing verifications/Month 2 Opening verifications
  • March 25th — March 31st: Month 2 Closing verifications/Month 3 Opening verifications
  • April 22nd — April 28th: Month 3 Closing verifications/Month 4 Opening verifications
  • May 15th — May 22nd: Month 4 Closing verifications
  • May 22nd - Official End-Date

You do not have to perform all verifications - but note that you will not be eligible for an individual or team prize for that month if you miss any.

Where do I get my weight verified?

You have two options: (1) you can get your weight verified by participating HISD nurses, HISD Employee Health & Wellness clinics, HISD designated verifiers, any fitness or medical professional, or at your Weight Watchers meeting (if you're a member, as part of your normal weigh-in).  If you do not belong to Weight Watchers or a health club, many health clubs, pharmacies, etc., are willing to help out -- be sure to call ahead -- and we maintain a list of partners across the country that you can use, or (2) it's easy to get verified at home by making a private weight verification video that you upload to our website It's an easy process.

You will be sent a list of weigh-in locations the week of the contest start date.

What happens if I miss a milestone or miss a verified weigh-in?

That's ok - you don't have to reach every milestone to win money, however, you won't be able to win the full $160.  If you miss a milestone one period (either you don't get verified, or you don't lose enough weight), you will not win $40 that month.  Also - your goals for the following months will shift.  For example:

Say Sally misses her weigh-in at the end of the first month. Her milestones for month 2-4 are 4 lbs, 8 lbs, and 12 lbs (she cannot win for reaching the 16 lbs milestone).  The most she can win now is $120, if she reaches all future milestones.

If I lose enough, can I win more than $40 in a month?

No.  Participants can only reach 1 milestone per month.

However you can "apply" extra weight-loss to your next milestone.  For example: Say Sally has lost lost 8 lbs in the first month.  She wins $40. Her next milestone is still 8lbs - she just needs to keep the weight off the following month and win her next $40. 

Is there anything else I have to do to win the money?

Nope.  Losing weight is the only challenge!

Can non-HISD employees join this challenge?

This challenge is only available for HISD employees.

If I've participated in a HealthyWage program before, can I use my same login?

Yes!  You should log-in using the email address and password you used to sign up originally.  

You will have the option to add this challenge once logged in.  You’ll see a list of challenges – and at the bottom left, the option to “add an employer.”  Click there and choose Houston ISD.

How do I form or join a team?

It's easy!

  • When you register, you'll be at the "Team Choice Page." We actually automatically set you up as the captain of your own team called "[Your Name]'s Fantastic Team," but you can join another team, create your own or participate as an individual (without a team). However in order to win the team prizes (iPads), you must be on a team of 5. If you do not join a team, you are still eligible to win individual prizes ($40/mo for 4 months).

  • If you decide to keep this team, you can change your team name by clicking the small "Pencil" icon, and you should tell your future teammates your team name so they can find it in the list of teams.
  • To join a different team - simply find that team on the list of teams, and click "join" and then "confirm." If there's a delay, be patient and DON'T click "join" again. The system is working.

  • To create a team - simply click the "Create Team" button and follow the instructions.

  • See screenshots and more detail here:

Is HealthyWage legal?

Yes.  Although we use the word “bet” to explain the concept, HealthyWager isn’t gambling in the legal sense because you are in control of the outcome at all times.  It's up to you to lose the weight.

How do I get paid?

You will be paid directly by Houston ISD via payroll. Participants that reach their milestone will be paid after the end of each monthly verification, with payments being made in March, April, May and June.

Can I participate if I am planning to have bariatric surgery?

No.  If your weight loss occurs as the result of surgical intervention of any kind (during the challenge or up to 1 year prior to the challenge), including liposuction, you will not be eligible for any prize.  Please note that HealthyWage does not take a position on whether surgery is a good idea for any particular patient---that’s between you and your doctor. 

Can I participate if I am on weight loss pills?

Only with advanced doctor approval.

Can I get paid if I don’t need to lose any weight?

You have to participate in the challenge in order to be eligible for any payment. 

Are my winnings taxed?

HealthyWage does not withhold any of the winnings for taxes. You will be paid directly by Houston ISD.


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