Obesity-related costs for full-time employees in the United States exceed $73 billion

By StayWell health coaching experts

Approximately 40% of American adults are obese. Their struggles with weight can affect their job performance, with the costs of obesity reaching an estimated $73.1 billion for full-time employees in the United States.

Addressing obesity and lack of physical activity are the top two methods to reduce employer health care costs. Still, many employers are unsure of how to effectively engage employees to modify their individual lifestyle risk factors, and to do so for the long term.

Ignite employee weight loss for improved health and lower costs

When it comes to losing—and staying motivated to lose—weight, research has shown that social support is a key factor. Hearing from others who have faced similar struggles, and have overcome or bounced back during their journey to health, can help people achieve comparable results.

StayWell’s Ignite group coaching program for weight management provides an approachable, engaging environment for employees to take a more active role in managing their weight. The 12-week program focuses on habit change through small steps and realistic goal setting, and provides weekly support from a dedicated health coach over the phone or by video conference. Participants use activity trackers and wireless scales to measure their progress week by week, and discussion boards and group coaching classes cover defined topics.

When losing is winning

Ignite works. Of nearly 3,000 Ignite registrants in 2017 and 2018, 60% lost weight. Take Casey, for example—a shipping administrator at a Minnesota-based international manufacturing company. Ignite provided Casey a way forward in addressing a long-time desire to manage weight, as he explains: 

“What helped me decide to be in the weight management program was that I had always wanted to live a healthier lifestyle but didn’t have the motivation or willpower to do it on my own. I saw the program as a way to participate with others who were like-minded, and its structure was just what I needed. Plus, having a wonderful coach like Mary has really helped me learn the new topics each week.”

Create healthier employees for a healthier bottom line

See how the Ignite group coaching program can benefit your workforce by creating healthy weight management behavior changes that last. Watch the video below, or contact StayWell at engage@staywell.com.