Lee County Schools "Lightens Up" by 2000 lbs and saves big



    KELOWNA, BC, Aug. 7 /CNW/ - Over 260 Lee County employees are lighter
this year thanks to a fun three-month competition. Using the CoreXL wellness
platform, Lisa Brown, Wellness Coordinator launched "Lighten Up Lee Schools,"
a health challenge for sustainable weight reduction. "This fun challenge model
could fit many institutions throughout North America," comments Lisa.
    Lee County School District has provided wellness challenges for their
10,000 employees for four years. Initially, a combination of bulletin boards
and paper enabled fitness, weight loss, nutrition, and other health
competitions. When the workload became unmanageable, Lisa sought a web
solution. This doubled participation rates and freed significant time.
    "People set their own goals and achieve their own targets, and the site
manages all of it," comments Lisa. "They use the motivational software within
the site to track, report, and compete." The greatest reward for participants
is the pride of accomplishment and enjoyment of the competition. Participants
share their stories with other staff members, and work together to achieve
their goals. This social interaction helps motivate, while keeping supportive
employees connected. "I have been so pleased that I can see the graph going
down! I have lost a total of 6 pounds so far and my clothes are more
comfortable," wrote one participant on the site.
    The three month challenge produced a rare result. Every participant
finished... and everyone lost weight. Collectively, participants lost over
2000lbs or 360 BMI points. Lee County's next endeavors include a steps
challenge, healthy breakfasts, sound sleep, and colorful veggie consumption,
all packaged as fun competitions.
    Many wellness administrators wish they could accomplish what Lee Schools
does, but they think they lack the funds. Lisa disagrees. "Our total
technology costs are under $1 per month per employee, it's not big money."
    Lisa says increased efficiency through their wellness platform frees time
for other initiatives including health screenings, immunizations, and
strategic wellness planning. In addition, software reporting provides evidence
of wellness outcomes and ROI for upper management. Lee County achieved an ROI
of 26:1 on its weight loss challenge, with projected savings in excess of
$65,000.





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