The WW Weight Loss Challenge is administered by a separate party, HealthyWage.
These rules are incorporated into the online Services Agreement, to which all participants must agree in order to register and participate.
It only takes a few minutes to register!
You don’t need to be a WW member to join the WW Weight Loss 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 for WW members. Sign-up for WW any time during the challenge to unlock challenge features that non-members will not get!
Each team that reaches or exceeds a 6% average weight loss in their verified weigh-out at the end of the WW Weight Loss 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.
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 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.
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 the other participants need to know where they stand in the challenge, it's important for everyone to keep up with 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 individual mini-challenges.
Prizes are awarded based on 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, 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 time frame of the challenge!
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 4 members. This does not include injuries since weight loss is still possible, new studies show that diet is more important to weight loss than exercise.
Each team member of each winning team will receive a check for an equal share of the jackpot, split among all members of winning teams.
Unless otherwise stated, the WW Challenge is available only to people in the United States. Void where prohibited. Participants must be over the age of 18. If you are pregnant or have a serious health condition, please consult with your doctor before participating in any type of weight loss or exercise activity.
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.
Also, we've tried to answer all your questions in our Verified Weigh-in FAQ!
Simply scan or take a photo of 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.
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.
Whichever method you choose to weigh-in, your verified weight information will be kept entirely private, and only be viewed by HealthyWage 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, to your teammate or shared with your employer.
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 beginning 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.
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 final weight loss.
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 selected person or method, which we arrange at our expense. You must cooperate with winners department crew members if they request an additional verification or any other assistance in verifying the accuracy of your weight loss. 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 as 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 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!! If your company is offering various team challenges, you can do all of our challenges at the same time.
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. The rule also applies to participants who are dishonest with the HealthyWage crew or verifiers 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 are covenent and agree that unwelcome emotional, 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 actions defined above.
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 on actuarial models that assume no refunds. There are no exceptions except in rare, evidence-documented medical situations – email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 rarely applies. It applies only if you (a) have previously won a HealthyWager or one of the top three prizes (not counting company prizes) in a Team Challenge and (b) have gained weight since your last verified weight, and (c) are starting a new Team Challenge.
You cannot start a Team Challenge with a weight that is more than the verified ending weight you used to win a HealthyWage or one of the top three prizes (not counting company prizes) in a Team Challenge. If you do, your starting verified weight for the new challenge will be adjusted downward so that it is no higher than your lowest winning verified weight.
Marla's team won the $10,000 top prize in the Team Challenge on May 1, and Marla's final verified weight was 150 pounds. Then she gained weight in May. On June 1, she started a new Team Challenge with a starting weight of 175. That's a violation of the Anti-Yo-Yo Rule because Marla won one of the top three prizes in a team challenge with a final weight of 150 pounds, which is less than 175 pounds. HealthyWage will adjust her starting weight for the new Team Challenge down to 150 pounds. Note: the rule only applies if you won a HealthyWager or one of the top three prizes (not counting company prizes) in a Team Challenge.
This rule applies only when you are finishing a team challenge or HealthyWager and lost more than 2% per week since your last verification.
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 week lower than your last HealthyWage 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.