Scott & White's Biggest Loser Challenge
Start Your Journey to Healthy
About Our Challenge
Team accountability is key to weight loss success for Scott & White's Biggest Loser Challenge. This fun competition between co-workers and spouses makes losing weight and eating healthy much more achievable. Since its inception in 2008, the challenge has enrolled more than 6,700 participants who have lost a combined total of 38,000 pounds.
The challenge consists of teams of four that compete against one another to lose the highest percentage of weight over a 16-week period.
Teams are divided into two weight-loss categories:
- Biggest Loser Teams - teams that have more than a combined 200 pounds to lose to achieve a healthy weight
- Littlest Loser Teams - teams that have less than a combine 200 pounds to lose to achieve a healthy weight
Staff weigh in each week and report their team weights on an electronic spreadsheet. Teams with the highest percentage of weight loss are awarded first, second and third place prizes at the conclusion of the challenge. Everyone who completes the challenge receives a participation prize.
Each team has a team trainer who motivates the team, records and reports weekly weight progress and helps their team adopt healthier habits, including routine exercise and diet. Team trainers devote a lot of time, encouragement and support to help their team succeed a healthy weight loss.
At the end of the 16-week challenge, participants submit nominations for best team trainer to praise the trainer and share the impact the trainer has made on their success.
Biggest Loser Testimonials
Joining the Biggest Loser was a great opportunity and was definitely something I needed for the extra push to lose weight. The keys to my success in the challenge were eating healthy and maintaining an appropriate diet. Working out at least three to four times a week was also a big factor as well.
These things have become a part of my life style change and I have definitely noticed a difference in my health. My blood pressure is better without medication, I feel more energetic throughout the day, and I have more energy for work and family. I encourage anyone who would like to make any changes to their health to seek out a healthy diet of your choice, and involve a family member or friend for encouragement to begin a journey to a better you."
- LaQuinta Dever, RN, 2012 Overall Top Individual Loser (-21.29%, 44 pounds)
When I did my biometric screening back in November of 2011, I was shocked because I was around 40 pounds overweight, and I didn’t really realize I was obese until that moment. Being on the Biggest Loser made it official that I was on a weight loss journey because I told myself I was not going to report back to my trainer on Friday that I had gained any weight. Even if it was -0.4 pounds lost for that week, I was happy with that. My main keys to success were eating healthier and making smarter choices with the amount of food I was eating.
I have asthma, and I have not had an attack since this weight loss. I always had to use my emergency inhaler with any type of physical activity that I did, but now I cannot remember the last time I had to use it. It's little things that I can do now that I could not before, like squatting down and tying my boys' shoes, running the bases with my boys and feeling better about my overall self. "
- Jackie Henexson, 2012 Biggest Individual Loser (-19.4%, 35.2 pounds)
I first joined the Biggest Loser in 2011 because of something my daughter, who suffers from Juvenile Arthritis, said that made me take a hard look at myself: "No offense mom, but you are always telling me that I need to learn to deal with my illness and manage, it but you can’t deal with your own problem: obesity!" That was what I needed. I have been struggling with my weight for years, and I have multiple chronic health issues that are complicated by weight.
The competition was perfect for me. I am very competitive! I also pride myself on being an excellent employee and nurse, and I knew, at my weight, I wasn’t performing at my best so this was my chance to improve. I lost 30 pounds during the first challenge and had so much energy! Last year when I first started, I could barely do 15 minutes on the Wii Fit. Now I can run for 30 minutes on the treadmill and walk pretty fast for another 30."
- Luci Bostain, RN, 2012 Biggest Loser Honorable Mention (-30.07%, 76 pounds since 2011)
Start Your Own Workplace Challenge
You can implement a weight loss challenge in your workplace by designing your own program and rules for participating, determining prizes, and communicating to the staff so that they have time to register before the start of the challenge. Check out our Scott & White Biggest Loser challenge materials to help you design your challenge.
- 2012 Biggest Loser Challenge poster
- 2012 Biggest Loser Challenge rules
- 2012 Biggest Loser Challenge registration form and waiver
- Biggest Loser Challenge weekly weights spreadsheet (Formulas are built-in to calculate percent of weight lost from baseline. You may wish to protect the formula cells before sending to your teams.)