The LabCorp Ultimate Weight Loss Challenge is administered by HealthyWage.
These rules are incorporated into the online Services Agreement, to which all participants must agree in order to register for the challenge and participate.
It only takes a few minutes to register. Simply visit the challenge registration page at www.healthywage.com/jackpot/labcorp/.
Each team made up of one to nine U.S. LabCorp employees that reaches or exceeds a 6% average weight loss in their verified weigh-out at the end of the Ultimate Weight Loss Challenge wins a cash prize! The $500,000 Jackpot prize is funded by LabCorp and will be split evenly among all members of winning teams.
All participants are required to get their weight verified by making a 30-second video from the privacy of your own home or getting verified by a health professional. You will need to do this only two times:
- Once, on or within 3 weeks after the Start Date, and
- Once again within two weeks before or on the End Date.
Read more about how to have your weight verified.
To keep you on track and to be sure everyone knows where they stand, we ask you to weigh yourself once a week. You can step on your own scale and then enter it on the HealthyWage website. (You'll see a green 'add weight' button on your page when you sign in to the site).
These weekly weigh-ins do not need to be verified. But, since other participants need to know where they stand in the Challenge, it's important for everyone to keep up with the weigh-ins. Remember, no one but you will see your individual weight. The website will calculate and reflect only your team's total weight.
Throughout the Challenge, participants can collect Ribbons. One way to collect Ribbons is by verifying your weigh-in every week. Other ways to collect ribbons is by completing one or more of the six mini-challenges throughout the Challenge period.
Prizes are awarded based on a ranking of the teams according to the 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 the 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, it's not a problem. However, their weight loss will count 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 in the frame of the Challenge.
Each team member of each winning team will receive a check from HealthyWage for an equal share of the jackpot, split among all members of winning teams. HealthyWage is required to report taxable winnings over $600.
The Ultimate Weight Loss Challenge is available to U.S. LabCorp Employees only, including LabCorp subsidiaries. Void where prohibited. Participants must be over the age of 18 and healthy. (Pregnant women cannot participate).
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 WW (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 print out the Verify Me! Form and take it with you to a meeting. Then, have the staff member that weighs you fill it out according to the directions in Option 2 above.
You can also have the WW staff member film your video while doing your weigh-in. Just make sure you follow the directions outlined in Option 1.
Keep in mind that HealthyWage loves WW; we have WW lifetime members on our staff; and many WW franchisees and employees love HealthyWage; however, HealthyWage is not endorsed by WW, which is a registered trademark of WW International. Please do not ask for a special weigh-in for your HealthyWage challenge (just do it as part of your normal WW weigh-in) or do anything else that would cause WW 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
Whichever method you choose to weigh-in, your verified weight information will be kept entirely private, and only be viewed by HealthyWager staff. Weight is never shared publicly; your weight is confidential and will not be shared with WW or your employer. Only percentages are displayed on your profile, which is visible to your teammates.
You may get your weight verified for the start of your challenge beginning on the first day of your challenge, not before (unless otherwise specified). You have three weeks from the start of your challenge to submit your initial weight verification.
At the end of the challenge, you may have your weight verified two weeks prior to the end of the challenge up to and including the final day. Final weights verified outside of this window will not be accepted.
We recommend you wear one layer of non-baggy, dry clothing with no shoes and nothing in your pockets. If you are doing a video, please wear short sleeves or a tank top, and bottoms above the knee. Also, please turn your pockets out. Most important: Wear similar or the same clothing each time you weigh in (to take the weight of your clothing out of the weight loss equation). See this page for additional information about what to wear for your weigh-in.
No, you are not required to use the same method or return to the same location for both of your verified weigh-ins. however you can if you like. Remember there can be differences in scales that may or may not impact your weight loss.
No, you have two choices: if it is a personal, bathroom scale, it must be digital. If it is an upright, public scale (like one in a Dr.'s office) the display must be visible during all shots. The scale must measure weight in either pounds or kilograms, and be zeroed out or balanced prior to the participant's weigh-in. The scale must be on a flat, hard surface (not a carpet or rug). See here for more details about approved scales.
We try to keep it simple (but fair) and we're certainly not perfectionists, so do the best you can to incorporate the following shots into your video. The most important thing is that the video is uncut, clearly shows the date, the scale zeroed out, and your weight while on the scale (up close so we can read it, and with full-body so we know it's you!). Here's a list of the shots:
- proof of the date of measurement
- a full body shot, front and back (or a shot from both sides as shown below), of the participant
- the zeroed out scale (zoom in)
- the participant's weight when on the scale (zoom in)
- the participant on the scale (zoom out, full body on scale)
- the participant stepping off the scale (zoom out, full body)
View this page to see a list of the shots, screen by screen.
If the scale cannot be zeroed out, the scale must reset (turn off and then back on) between weighing.
The video must still be shot in one, uncut take, and include all of the same shots as the video taken by another person. To obtain the shots, hold the camera throughout the video, and use a full-length mirror to get the full body shots, and holding the camera near your body, zoom in on the scale for display for the other shots. The camera or phone may add a small amount of additional weight, however if the same camera or phone is used for both the starting weigh-in and final weigh-out, there will be no difference in the amount of weight lost through the challenge.
Here's an instructional video to show you just how easy this method can be!
Verify the date of your weigh-in by including a clear shot of the day's newspaper with a date.
If you don't have a paper copy of a newspaper, pull up a news website on your computer or tablet. Hint: acceptable sites such as the New York Times or The Washington Post have date stamps in the header, underneath their logos.
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 a few participants get a second, confirmed weigh-in by a selected person or method, which we will arrange at our expense. You must cooperate with the crew members if they request an additional verification or any other assistance in verifying the accuracy of your weight loss, or you may be disqualified. A difference of more than a few pounds between a participant's verified weight as reported by a verifier selected by the participant, and the same participant's verified weight reported by a verifier selected by HealthyWage, 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 will only need to submit the photo(s) to HealthyWage if we request them.
Your verification may not be valid if: a) HealthyWage does not receive your verification within 72 hours after it was performed, b) if your verification does not take place within the specified verification period of your challenge, c) HealthyWage is not able to locate your verifier or confirm your verification with your verifier, d) your verifier indicates that he/she did not personally take your weight and height measurements, or e) 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 of our HealthyWage challenges.
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.
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 enter a challenge while pregnant, you will be disqualified. Weight loss that results from giving birth does not count. Sorry mom!
Your challenge is suspended the minute you think you might be pregnant -- just let us know. You have 60 days after that to supply proof of pregnancy from your clinic/doctor. You may resume your challenge once you are cleared by your doctor to participate again.
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 email@example.com if you think this may apply to you.
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.
This rule applies only when you are finishing a team challenge or HealthyWager and lost more than 2% per week wince your last verification.
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 more than 2% of his weight in less than a week. 2% of 201 is 5 pounds (rounding up), so Bob's May 5 weight can't be lower than 196 pounds. HealthyWage will adjust his team challenge ending weight up to 196.