These rules are incorporated into and incorporate the Services Agreement, to which all participants must agree in order to register and participate. These rules apply to team challenges with a start date on or after January 30, 2015. For team challenges starting before January 30, 2015, see these rules.
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The winning team from each and every team challenge wins $10,000. Most team challenges also include lots of other prizes too -- check out team challenge prize schedules and past winners here.
Each team must have exactly five members.
- Once on or after the Start Date, and
- Once within two weeks before or on the End Date.
Step on your own scale once a week and enter it on the HealthyWage website (these weigh-ins should not be verified). All the other participants need to know where they stand in the challenge, so it's important for everyone to keep up with weigh-ins.
Prizes are awarded based on a ranking of the teams according to team mean proportionate weight loss. Team mean proportionate weight loss is the average of each team member’s proportionate weight loss, which is measured by finding the difference between a participant’s verified starting weight and verified ending weight, and dividing that difference by the participant’s verified starting weight. Each individual's average is added together and the total is divided by the number of teammates to achieve the team mean proportionate weight loss. When we tabulate the results, we do not count weight loss beyond 16.59% for any team member. If someone on your team doesn't get a weigh-out, that's okay -- and we will count their weight loss as 0% for purposes of computing your team's average weight loss.
Yes, you can lose more than 16.59% (you will NOT be disqualified), but the extra weight loss won’t count toward your team’s average. The goal is to get your entire team to lose a healthy amount of weight!
Your team must take a before photo (either a team photo or individual photos). If you choose not to submit the before photo(s) for the first mini-challenge, that's okay. Just hang on to your photo(s) until the challenge ends.
The team members of each winning team will receive a check for one-fifth of the prize money won by that team member's team.
In the 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. Further, in the 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.
Participants are eligible to win a maximum of one cash prize per challenge. Examples of cash prizes include: team prizes of $10,000, $5,000 and $3,000; $100 cash prizes for 6% weight losers; ribbon prizes; entry fee reimbursement prizes. Note: not every challenge includes every prize type.
Internal Office Depot Prizes: you must be on a team with 5 Office Depot employees to win an internal Office Depot prize.
Participants who achieve a 10% weight loss 9 months after the challenge start and complete another verified weigh-in during the designated verification window are eligible to receive a refund of their challenge entry fees. Participants must have gotten a verified weigh-out at the end of their challenge, regardless of percent weight loss at that time, and must not have received any other team challenge prizes to be eligible.
The Team Challenge is available only to healthy adults in the US, UK, Australia, Canada and other countries where wellness/athletic events with prizes are allowed, and where the US does not have sanctions or restrictions. Void where prohibited. Examples of countries where participation is not allowed: North Korea, Iran, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Burma, Yemen, Afghanistan, Libya, Sudan and others. People under age 18 must have doctor AND parental permission.