Start Your Own Office Weight Loss Challenge Using PEERtrainer Teams

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A weight loss challenge with co-workers can be highly effective, and is a great way to boost overall employee health.

A weight loss challenge with co-workers can be highly effective, and is a great way to boost overall employee health.

PEERtrainer's new Teams functionality allows people to create workplace and corporate weight loss challenges. Each team member may use a different diet plan and exercise program as long as everyone is working toward a common goal. It is effective because team members offer multiple perspectives on how to achieve goals and in doing so are able to help each other achieve their common goal. This can be a fun way to get employees focused on their health, and is a valuable tool to help companies meet their wellness objectives

"PEERtrainer is a valuable resource for my employees,” says Systems Planning and Analysis CEO Philip Lantz. “We encourage our employees to use the site through our internal wellness portal. The response has been very positive."

Daily journaling of food and exercise, combined with peer support is a highly effective way of fostering long term behavior modification. In fact, these are some of the only proven methods of losing weight and keeping it off. Peertrainer (http://www.peertrainer.com) was built to harness the power of journaling and peer support, and functions as an online support and motivation meeting whenever you want, every day.

“Most people know they need to eat less and exercise more. That is not the problem,” says Pat Salber, MD and Chief Medical Officer of PEERtrainer. “If you have ever tried to improve your health habits, you know how hard it is to do even when you know you should. Daily logging is an easy and convenient way to document how much you are really eating and exercising. Add to that, frequent, often daily, feedback and support you get from your group mates and you have a powerful support system that helps you reach your weight loss and fitness goals. PEERtrainer provides a key accountability link that is missing all too often in other weight loss and fitness programs.”

A weight loss challenge is easy to start, and the site is supported by advertising which means it is free for the company and the users. A group leader will start a Team on the website (http://www.peertrainer.com) and participants are then sent invitations via email. Team participants, will log their food and exercise each day, and keep other teammates motivated and accountable. It can be fun, and is very effective in bringing focus to an issue that is important for people as well as businesses.

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