These rules are incorporated into and incorporate the Services Agreement, to which all participants must agree in order to register and participate.
It only takes a few minutes to register and start having a blast! Each Jackpot is organized by a particular company- don't forget to select which one in which you are competing.
Every single team that reaches or exceeds a 6% average weight loss in their Verified weigh-out at the end of their Challenge wins! The prize pot, which is the money collected at the start of the Jackpot Challenge from participants (less 25% administration fee and any uncollected fee installments), will be split evenly among all members of winning teams.
To keep things fair we ask everyone to get their weight verified either by uploading a video or by confirming their weight with someone we can trust. We only ask you to do this twice:
- Once on or after the Start Date, and
- Once within two weeks before or on the End Date.
To keep you on track and to be sure everyone knows where they stand, we ask you to weigh yourself once a week. Step on your own scale and enter it on the HealthyWage website (there's a big green 'add weight' button on your page when you're signed in to the website).
These weigh-ins do not need to 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.
Accurate weekly weigh-ins are important for earning ribbons, but they also make the challenge competitive for everyone. We reserve the right to remove weigh-in ribbons if false weigh-ins are reported.
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!
The team members of each winning team will receive a check for an equal share of the pot, split among all members of winning teams.
14 days after the challenge begins, full teams are completely locked -- i.e., no one can join or leave the team without contacting HealthyWage (this is to prevent gaming the system -- see “No gaming the system” rule below).
Any behavior that other reasonable persons in the challenge would consider unfair, unethical or inconsistent with the spirit and purpose of the challenge is against the rules. For example, teams that are complete are not allowed to continue to recruit for players or add/remove teammates once a team has been completed for the purpose of creating "super teams." This includes but is not limited to: kicking otherwise communicative and active participants off a team because they are "behind" in weight loss, luring teammates from an otherwise functional and complete team, or in any other way, as determined by HealthyWage, "stacking" the team. Doing so will be considered "poaching" and be cause for disqualification from the current challenge.
In the event of a pregnancy reported after a month from the start date of the challenge a team can consist of 1 member. This does not include injuries since weight loss is still possible, new studies show that diet is more important to weight loss than exercise.
Unless otherwise stated, the Jackpot Challenge is available only to healthy people in the United States, Canada, Australia and the UK. Void where prohibited. People under age 18 must have doctor AND parental permission.
These are the verified weigh-in rules; these do not apply to the unofficial weigh-ins that you enter on the website.
You must get your weight verified twice for each challenge, once at the beginning (verified weigh-in) and once at the end (verified weigh-out). We will alert you by email and on your challenge dashboard when your weigh-in and weigh-out periods are opening and closing.
Getting your weight verified is easy. You have three easy options for your weight verification - choose just one:
Option 1 - Video Verification (by yourself or with a partner)
Option 2 - Verification by a Fitness or Health Professional
Option 3 - Verification by Weight Watchers (members only)
Also, we've tried to answer all your questions in our Verified Weigh-in FAQ!
We recommend video verification for everyone, it's super easy, and you can do it in the comfort and privacy of your own home! Plus, we've got directions that will help you do it with a partner (fun!) or even to do it by yourself. Once done, just upload it to your challenge dashboard and you're done. You can use your phone or a camera, whichever is easier for you. The HealthyWage website is mobile friendly, so uploading from your phone can be done quickly and easily!
1. Film your short video (either yourself, or with a partner recording you)
2. Log in to HealthyWage and upload the file through your dashboard
3. You're done!
Here's an instructional video to show you just how easy this method can be!
See the complete list of required video shots below, for detailed instructions on this and a demo of the self-video method.
Another easy option! Just print your VerifyMe! form from your challenge dashboard and take it to any health or fitness professional (we recommend you call ahead). They will sign your form indicating they witnessed your weigh-in, on the form and return it to you. Just scan it or take a photo of it with your phone (easiest option), and upload it to your challenge dashboard.
1. Have your weigh-in witnessed by a health or fitness professional, using your VerifyMe! form
2. Scan or take a photo of your completed form
3. Log in to HealthyWage and upload the file through your dashboard
4. You're done!
Some location and witness options include: your local gym, pharmacies, corporate wellness clinics, walk-in clinics, HR reps, nurses, your personal doctor, your personal trainer or your chiropractor.
If you're participating through a company: HealthyWage will provide a list of weigh-in centers located around your work-site via your challenge dashboard, beginning about one week prior to the challenge start. You can find this link at the top of your dashboard, just under top header:
These locations have partnered with HealthyWage to perform weigh-ins for a particular employer. We have set these up for your convenience, but use of one of our clubs is not required unless otherwise specified.
An option for Meeting members only! Simply scan or take a photo of your Weight Watchers weigh-in print-out or official stamp in your book after your normal weigh-in. If you're using this method, you do not need to use our VerifyMe! form.
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.
That's it! If you still have questions, please read through the Verified Weigh-in FAQ. Still have questions? Just give us a call and we'll help you get it sorted out: 1-888-636-3832
Make your best effort to ensure that your verified weigh-in has been measured and reported truthfully and accurately.
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.
Your verification may not be valid if: a) HealthyWage does not receive the verified measurements within 72 hours after they are taken, b) if your verification does not take place within the specified verification period of your challenge, c) if HealthyWage is not able to locate your verifier or confirm your verification with your verifier, d) if your verifier indicates that he/she did not personally take your weight and height measurements, or e) if your verifier refuses, upon HealthyWage's request, to provide a sworn statement about the verifications, or other request made by HealthyWage.
These rules apply to all our challenges.
Go for it! You can do all of our challenges at the same time! A few specifics:
- You can sign up for as many Jackpots and/or Team Challenges at one time as you wish
- You can only sign up for one HealthyWager at a time (but you can sign up for other challenges at the same time as your HealthyWager)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Your challenge is suspended the minute you think you might be pregnant (no one who is or may be pregnant may be an active challenge participant). Please let us know if you believe you might be pregnant. You must supply proof from your clinic/doctor within 30 days after you determine that you might be pregnant. The challenge must be resumed within 90 days after you are no longer pregnant unless a doctor says you need more time (and in that case the doctor must specify the amount of time needed and the reason).
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 [email protected] if that applies.
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.