WW Challenge Rules

The WW Challenge is brought to you by WW and 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.

Sign up on the HealthyWage website

It only takes a few minutes to register. Simply visit the WW Challenge registration page at www.healthywage.com/weightwatchers/labcorp/. Be sure to have your employee ID and preferred form of payment ready to pay the entry fee.

Remember, you don't need to be a WW member to join the WW Challenge. But you will get special benefits for being a member. You'll get extra help to reach your weight-loss goals, plus 24/7 expert chat support and access to digital tools. Additional content and tips for healthy living, thousands of delicious recipes, and more, are also included in your WW membership. Plus, your company is covering some of the cost to be a WW member. Sign-up for WW any time during the Weight Loss Challenge to unlock challenge features that non-members will not get!

Cash prizes for all teams that reach 6%

Each team that reaches or exceeds a 6% average weight loss in their verified weigh-out at the end of the WW Challenge wins a cash prize! The jackpot prize, which is the money collected at the start of the Challenge from participants (less 25% administration fees and any uncollected fee installments i.e. if a participant fails to pay a portion of their registration fee), will be split evenly among all members of winning teams.

Get your weight verified

All participants are required to get their weight verified by uploading a photo of their WW Tracker or by making a 30-second video from the privacy of your own home. 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.

Weigh-in unofficially once a week

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 being a WW member or by completing one or more of the six mini-challenges through the Challenge period.

Rankings based on team's average percentage weight lost

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.

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 in the frame of the Challenge.

Your cash winnings

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.

Eligibility

The WW Challenge is available to U.S. LabCorp Employees, including LabCorp subsidiaries. Void where prohibited. Participants must be over the age of 18 and healthy. (Pregnant women cannot participate).

Verified Weigh-in Instructions

These are the rules for the two verified weigh-ins. They do not apply to the unofficial weekly weigh-ins that you enter on the website.

You must get your weight verified twice for the Weight Loss 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 your weigh-in and weigh-out periods are opening and closing. 

Getting your weight verified is easy. You have two options - choose just one:

Option 1 - Video Verification (by yourself or with a friend, family or coworker who can film you).

Option 2 - Upload a photo of your WW Tracker

Also, we've tried to answer all your questions in our Verified Weigh-in FAQ!

Option One: Video Verification

Video verification is recommended for everyone. It's simple, and you can do it in the privacy of your own home! Once you're finished, just upload your video to your challenge dashboard and you're done. You can use your phone or a camera to shoot your video, 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 the 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.

Option Two: Verification at your WW Meeting

Simply scan or take a photo or your WW tracker (the weigh-in portion showing your weight) after your normal weigh-ins. If you're using this method, you do not need to use our VerifyMe! Form. 


 

Verified Weigh-in FAQ

Who will see my weigh-in?

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.

When can I get my weigh-in?

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.

What do I wear for my weigh-in?

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. 

Do I have to weigh-in with the same method and/or at the same location for both verifications? 

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.

Does my scale have to be digital?

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

What is required in the video?

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.

How can I film the video if I'm by myself?

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!

How do I correctly demonstrate the date in my video?

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.

 

Additional Verification Rules

Make Sure Your Verification Is Accurate and 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 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.

Be Responsible for Your Verification

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. 


 

General Rules

These rules apply to all of our HealthyWage challenges.

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

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

Don't Participate While Pregnant

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 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 accounting@healthywage.com if you think this may apply to you.

Don't Have Surgery During Your Challenge

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 applies only when you are finishing a team challenge or HealthyWager and lost more than 2% per week wince your last verification.

What it says:

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.

If you have any questions, please contact HealthyWage:

For fastest response: email info@healthywage.com.
Customer support: (888) 636-3832.
Our general fax number is: (651) 964-3499.