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ALJ Team Challenge Rules

 

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These rules are incorporated into and incorporate the Services Agreement, to which all participants must agree in order to register and participate.

Sign up on the HealthyWage website

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Great prizes for the top finishers!

Must have a team of five

Each team must have exactly five members.

Get your weight verified twice:

- Once on or after the Start Date, and

- Once within two weeks before or on the End Date.

Check out the verified weigh-in rules below.

Do an un-official weigh-in once a week

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.

Rankings based on team’s average percentage weight lost

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. When we tabulate the results, we do not count weight loss beyond 16.59% for any team member. 

Weight loss beyond 16.59% doesn't count

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!

Take a Picture

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.

Winning

The teammembers of each winning team will receive a check for one-fifth of the prize money won by that teammember's team.

In the unlikely event of a tie or weight-reporting (or other) dispute, the winner of the tie will be the team that earns the most aggregate votes in the optional Mini-Challenges that take place every other week during the Team Challenge program. Each team will receive instructions by email and on the Team Challenge team page for submitting entries in the Team Challenge Mini-Challenges. The criteria for voting on each Mini-Challenge is the same: voters are instructed to carefully review the entries and select the one entry that is the most likely to inspire the most people to lose weight and be healthy.

Mini-Challenges

Several team challenge mini-challenges will be held during the course of the team challenge. Each team is eligible for a mini-challenge prize. Your team can only win one mini-challenge prize per team challenge (if you win more than one mini-challenge, your prize will be awarded to the next highest-ranking team). Teams will receive instructions in advance of each mini-challenge and, in order to win a mini-challenge prize, your team must submit the team's entry according to the instructions provided.  No one is permitted to cast more than one vote in any one mini-challenge. In order to make the team challenge fair, it is important that the voting be objective. Please carefully consider the entries and then vote for the one entry that you determine is the most likely to inspire the most people to lose weight and be healthy. Please note that, as discussed above, the Mini-Challenge voting is also important in the unlikely event of a tie in the over-all Team Challenge. In the event of a tie, the team with the most aggregate votes over the course of the Mini-Challenges during the program will win the tie.

Eligibility

This challenge is only available to employees of ALJ.

 

Verified Weigh-in Instructions

These are the verified weigh-in rules; these do not apply to the unofficial weigh-ins that you enter on the website.

Verification Options

You have two easy options – chose just one.

Option One:  Video Verification

We recommend video verification for everyone.  Simply use your smart phone or camera to make a short private video of you weighing-in, and the upload it on our website.

Just make a video like this:

What to wear:

One layer; no shoes; nothing in your pockets.

Additional details here.

Scale:

Accurate, new-ish digital scale.

Additional details here.

Video:

Make a video containing these shots:

Additional details here.

Upload your video when logged in to your HealthyWage profile. 


Option 2:  Verification by a Fitness or Health Professional or Weight Watchers

Verifications deadlines are met as soon as your verification is witnessed.  It is okay if HealthyWage doesn't get the data right away -- you have 72 hours (or more, in our discretion) to make sure we have the data.

Participating through a company?  Please stand by -- we will automatically send you a list of weigh-in centers the week of the contest start date.

What to wear: One layer of normal workout or street clothing in addition to undergarments. No shoes, nothing in your pockets, and no jackets.


By a Fitness or Health Professional

Print your VerifyMe! form from the "Get verified" link under the green button on your dashboard.

Get weighed-in by any wellness, health, pharmacy, or medical professional.  All they have to do is fill out and sign the form, and then you will scan or snap a photo of the form with your phone and upload it to our website. Or the verifier can enter it on the website - www.healthywage.com and scroll down.

Almost any fitness or health professional will be happy to spend the few minutes to help you.  Just in case you have trouble, our verifications department maintains weigh-in partnerships with thousands of health clubs, but remember:  you do not need to use one of our clubs.


At a Weight Watchers Meeting

Meeting members only!  You do not need to use our VerifyMe! form.  Just upload a photo of your Weight Watchers weigh-in print-out or official stamp in your book after your normal weigh-in.  Keep in mind that HealthyWage loves Weight Watchers; we have Weight Watchers lifetime members on our staff; and many Weight Watchers franchisees and employees love HealthyWage; however, HealthyWage is not endorsed by Weight Watchers, which is a registered trademark of Weight Watchers International.  Please do not ask for a special weigh-in for your HealthyWage challenge (just do it as part of your normal Weight Watchers weigh-in) or do anything else that would cause Weight Watchers to bear a cost on behalf of HealthyWage. 


Additional Verified Weigh-in Rules

Make Sure Your Verification Is Accurate & Honest

Make your best effort to ensure that your verified weigh-in has been measured and reported truthfully and accurately.

Additional Proof

As part of our verified weight audits, we occasionally request that some (very few) participants get a second, confirmational weigh-in by a HealthyWage-selected person or method, which we arrange at our expense. You must cooperate with HealthyWage winners department crew members if they request an additional verification or any other assistance in verifying the truth and accuracy of your weight loss.  Differences of more than a few pounds between a participant's verified weight as reported by a verifier selected by the participant, on the one hand, and the same participant's verified weight as reported by a verifier selected by HealthyWage, on the other hand, may result in disqualification.

You should also keep on hand a set of full-body before-and-after photos, and make sure your teammates do the same.  You do not need to submit the photo(s) to HealthyWage unless we request them.

Be Responsible for Your Verification

Your verification may not be valid if HealthyWage does not receive the verified measurements within 72 hours after they are taken, or if HealthyWage is not able to locate your verifier or confirm your verification with your verifier, or if your verifier indicates that he/she did not personally take your weight and height measurements, or if your verifier refuses, upon HealthyWage's request, to provide a sworn statement about the verifications, or other request made by HealthyWage.

General Rules

These rules apply to all our challenges.

You Can Participate in Multiple Challenges

Go for it! You can do all of our challenges at the same time – you just can’t be in the same type of challenge at the same time – i.e., it’s okay to join a Team Challenge and a HealthyWager at once, but not two Team Challenges at once.

Get Your Weight Verified Twice

Once at the start and once at the end of each of your challenges, you must have your weight verified. Verification can be done from the privacy of your home by making a Video and uploading it to our website. Or, you can visit a health club or physician and have them verify you.

Don't Cheat or Commit Fraud

We use proprietary algorithms, weigh-in reviews and, if necessary, outside investigators and law enforcement to catch cheaters.  The legal consequences are not worth the benefit.  Rule-breakers don’t get refunds – don’t even ask.  The rule also applies to folks who are dishonest with the HealthyWage crew or a verifier or anyone else in connection with your challenge.

Don't Use Unhealthy Tricks to “Game” the Challenge

Doing unhealthy things in order to “game” the challenge is prohibited, including, but not limited to, deliberate weight gain (before, during, or after a HealthyWage challenge), starvation (defined as eating fewer calories each day than your doctor recommends), excessive exercise (defined as exercise that exceeds your doctor’s recommended amount of exercise, in terms of type, frequency and duration), water deprivation, unusual water consumption, self-induced vomiting, diuretics, laxatives, or any weight loss or weight gain plan that your doctor does or would advise against, or that, in HealthyWage’s sole and exclusive discretion, would be considered unhealthy or unfair by an ordinary person.

Don't Harass Other Players…or Anyone Else

Be nice, please!  Harassment of any kind, whether of your own teammates or other teams or non-participants is prohibited. You are encouraged to support your teammates, but you covenant and agree that unwelcome emotion, physical, or other abuse is absolutely forbidden. Harassment shall also include any words or actions that, in HealthyWage’s sole and exclusive discretion, would be likely to cause any of your teammates, or any other person, to feel pressured to do any of the unhealthy things defined above.

Don't Do Anything Illegal

Well, duh!

Don't Participate While Pregnant

If you become pregnant during your challenge, you are entitled to postpone the challenge until a future date. If you enter a challenge while pregnant, you will be disqualified.  Weight loss caused by giving birth to a baby (/-ies) does not count.  Sorry mom!

We Have a Strict No Refunds Policy

We believe strongly that an important part of the service we provide is a negative reinforcement that helps you avoid procrastinating and quitting, which would be undermined if you could simply change your mind or find an excuse to quit. Moreover, our pricing is based actuarial models that assume no refunds. There are no exceptions except in rare, evidence-documented medical situations – email us at refunds@healthywage.com if that applies.

Don't Have Surgery During Your Challenge(s)

You may not have liposuction, bariatric surgery, or any other weight-loss surgery during your challenge or within 1 year prior to your challenge start date.

Gaming the Verified Weigh-ins Not Allowed

When the rule applies:

This rule rarely applies.  It applies only when you are finishing a team challenge or HealthyWager and lost more than 2% per week since your last verification.

What it says:

You can't end a challenge with a weight that is less than 2% per week (rounding up) less than your last HealthyWage verification.  If you do, your ending verified weight will be adjusted upward so that it is no lower than 2% per month lower than your last HealthyWage verification.

Example:

Bob starts a HealthyWager at 201 pounds on May 1.  On May 5, he finishes the team challenge he started earlier in the year, and his ending weight is 178 pounds.  That's a violation of the rule because Bob would be claiming to have lost way more than 2% of his weight in less than a week.  2% of 201 is 5 pounds (we always round up), so Bob's May 5 weight can't be any lower than 195 pounds.  HealthyWage will adjust his team challenge ending weight up to 195.

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