Jackpot! Caregivers Win Big with Weight Loss

Congratulations to the hard-working winners of the fall 2018 HealthyWage Jackpot Challenge! For this challenge, 28 UMass Memorial Health Care caregivers teamed up to see who could lose the most weight in a 12-week period. The winning team was The Bod Squad, whose team members lost an average of 6.26 percent body weight. Team members split the jackpot and won $252 each! Not only did they win big, all benefits-eligible HealthyWage challenge participants earned points in the myHealth Matters portal under the Manage Your Weight challenge. Want to get in on the action? Watch for new HealthyWage challenges in 2019.

myHealth Matters Doubles Down on Rewards

myHealth Matters has doubled the number of gold-level gift cards available this year, so now you have 200 chances to win. Are you willing to double down on your commitment to healthy activities? Benefits-eligible employees: Complete myHealth Matters activities and earn 3,000 points by December 10 to be entered into a drawing to win one of the $100 Amazon gift cards. Just getting started but still want to win a gift card? You can still log 3,000 points. For easy points, log daily activities such as the “Bring Your Lunch to Work” challenge, and rack up big points with the “Stress Management Formal Training” or “Manage Your Weight” challenges for 1,000 points each.

Get Serious about Wellness; Join High-Point and Walk Challenges

Starting February 26, new high-point challenges make it easy for benefits-eligible employees to earn reward incentives on the myHealth Matters website.

  • Get your flu shot to earn 250 points or log shopping trips with NutriSavings for 500 points. You can also work out twice a week for eight weeks to earn 500 points.
  • For a serious boost – and a surefire way to earn the $300 wellness reimbursement – log 1,000 points by completing a weight management program or stress management training. Complete both programs and log 2,000 points to be entered to win a $50 Amazon gift card!
  • If walking is your thing, there are two walking challenges underway. Sign up for the Walking in a Winter Wonderland pedometer challenge, sponsored by the Fitness Center at the Albert Sherman Center, to can help you earn 5,000 steps daily toward the myHealth Matters’ Steps Challenge. Winter Wonderland continues through March 16; participants who earn 150,000 steps are also entered in a prize raffle. Email Brittany Reyome at ascfitnesscenter@umassmed.edu or call 774-455-3500 to join.

Your Child Struggling with Weight Issues? Join Good Fit Orientation

TransformationIf your child’s weight is affecting his/her quality of life, the Good Fit Teen Weight and Wellness Clinic at the Children’s Medical Center may be able to help. Our team will work with your child to help him or her identify and reach personal weight loss goals. If your teen has a body mass index (BMI) greater than 35 or he/she is experiencing medical problems related to obesity, join us Wednesday, March 1, 6 to 7 pm, Hiatt Auditorium, S1-608, University Campus. To learn more and reserve your seat, call 508-334-9000 or email goodfit@umassmemorial.org.

Participants Sought for Healthy Pregnancy Weight Gain Study

If you are less than 20 weeks pregnant and want help gaining a healthy amount of weight during your pregnancy, you may be eligible to participate in a no-cost Medical School study. The 12-week program includes group counseling and support around healthy eating and exercise through a private website. Study participation will last for four to five months. Participants will be asked to complete a study visit at the beginning and end of the program. Compensation and reimbursement for parking/bus fare provided. To learn more, email babystudy@umassmed.edu or call us at 508-334-8504. (Docket H0000890).

Got a Droid and Want to Lose Weight? Learn How!

Would you like to participate in a research study to test out a diet mobile app? The Medical School has developed a mobile application designed to help make people aware of when they are overeating. We are looking for participants to test the app. You may be eligible if interested in losing weight, willing to use the app for two months are 18 or older and have a Droid mobile telephone. Study participation is four months. Compensation provided. For details, call Effie at 508-856-1534. (Docket H00000904)

Are You an Emotional Eater? You May Be Eligible for Research Study

emotional eatingThe Medical School seeks candidates to join an eight-week, mindfulness-based stress reduction research study that investigates interventions for emotional eaters trying to lose weight. Participants will engage in training in formal meditation and informal mindfulness practices. Eligible participants are healthy, 25 to 75 years old, and would like to lose weight. The deadline to sign up is September 16. Participants are required to have a noninvasive MRI and respond to surveys before and after the program. Compensation is provided. For more information, visit the website or contact Marcela Hayes, research coordinator at 508-856-1225 or email. Docket: H00001808.

Are You an Emotional Eater? You May Be Eligible for Research Study

weigh center fruit on scaleThe Medical School seeks candidates to join an eight-week mindfulness-based stress reduction research study that investigates interventions for emotional eaters trying to lose weight. Participants will engage in training in formal meditation and informal mindfulness practices. Eligible participants are healthy, 25 to 75 years old, have not yet lost weight but would like to lose weight. Participants are required to have a noninvasive MRI and respond to surveys before and after the program. Compensation is provided. For more information, visit website or contact Marcela Hayes, research coordinator at 508-856-1225 or email. Docket: H00001808.

Want to Keep Weight Off for Good? Learn about Research Study!

Interested in keeping weight off for good? Why not consider joining the Medical School’s Keeping Weight Off research study? You may be eligible if you are between 25 and 55 years old, and have intentionally lost weight over the past year without surgery. If eligible, you will be enrolled in one of two eight-week programs offered June 23 to August 12 and asked to come in for three research visits. Compensation is provided. To find out if you’re eligible, take the prescreening survey or email keepitoff@umassmed.edu. Details: Call 508-856-1225 and visit website. Docket: H0000180

Study Participants Sought on How Physicians Can Help Patients Lose Weight

Have you seen a primary care provider in Worcester County in the last six months? Do you think you need to lose some weight, and would be willing to complete a survey on how physicians can help patients lose weight? This survey will be completed by mail. Questions will be about your beliefs about weight and weight loss, resources and aids for weight loss. Tell a friend. Compensation is provided. Email or call Linda at 508-856-5691 to see if you would be eligible for this research study.Docket number: H-00002798