HMSA urges members to try Weight Watchers
The 16-week program starts today with free or discounted weekly consultations
Hawaii Medical Service Association members wanting to lose weight and improve their health are invited to participate in a 16-week program HMSA is starting today with Weight Watchers.
It will begin with free registration and three free weekly visits to Weight Watchers. The next 10 visits are offered for a discounted rate of $10 per visit.
After the 13th visit, members will receive the last three weekly visits at no cost.
The total cost to members for 10 visits is $100, with HMSA paying for the registration fee and six visits.
The program was designed to encourage HMSA members to join Weight Watchers and stay with it for 16 visits. Participants are asked to complete the program within 22 weeks. Those who want to continue going to Weight Watchers meetings can do so at the discounted rate.
Participants must be HMSA members and 18 or older.
Oahu members may call Weight Watchers at 487-3373 to register. On the neighbor islands, they can call (800) 651-6000. Members need to give their name and HMSA member number. Weight Watchers will verify their eligibility and call them back within 48 hours.
The HMSA/Weight Watchers program was initiated last year in response to concerns about obesity. More than 700 HMSA members participated in a 12-week pilot program and lost a total of 6,200 pounds, HMSA reported.
"Feedback from participants was overwhelmingly positive and many of them wanted the program to continue," the association said.
Bob Hiam, HMSA president and chief executive officer, said the HMSA/Weight Watchers program "is a great complement" to HMSA's go campaign, a statewide education effort launched last year to motivate people to become active.
"There is no question that regular physical activity and a reasonable diet can help families improve their health and reduce their risk for serious health conditions," Hiam said.
Members should check with the doctor before joining any exercise or weight loss program, advised Cliff Cisco, HMSA senior vice president. "If your physician gives you the green light, then take the first step toward better health. Call Weight Watchers and join the program."
Kelly Giles, general manager of Weight Watchers in Hawaii, said, "Small changes in your life can mean big changes to your weight."
Weight Watchers incorporates a healthy diet, physical activity, behavior modification and support to help people lose weight safely, Giles said.
For more information about the program, call Weight Watchers on Oahu, 487-3373, or see www.HMSA.com.