Weight Watchers at Work?

For years Kaye Hansen, Executive Assistant Extraordinaire, has been editing my writing as a favor for me. She’s a lot like my mom when it comes to grammar – correct. Me not so good with that stuff.  And here I am writing on the blog for Graco and nothing I write gets proofread. Mistake? No- I like to think of it as “realism.” So not long ago I thought, “Why isn’t Kaye writing for us? She actually knows how to write!” So I approached her and we decided she could talk about her experience with the Weight Watchers at Work program we have here at Graco. So here is the grammatically-correct, Kaye Hansen with her first guest post…

A Weight Watchers at Work program? Doesn’t that sound nice? Especially the part about our company paying for half the fee if a person goes to all the meetings.

“That will be really nice for those of us who are game for public humiliation,” I thought as I pictured a huge digital scale like the one they use on the Biggest Loser TV show with numbers that could be read by people in the office building across the street from ours.

Championed by our HR Manager, Darlene Radcliffe, the WW at Work program began at Graco in September 2006 and as many of my co-workers were successful, the word spread. My own daughter signed up for one of the 10-week sessions and did so well, that she re-upped and encouraged me to join.

That’s when I learned the truth. No huge digital scale. No one but the WW instructor sees the person’s weight. However, self doubt grabbed my brain and convinced me that I would be the one who would go to class and fail.

Then the worst thing happened. The company opened the program to include our spouses, and my husband said he wanted to go. Since I was the one in greatest need to lose, I suspected a conspiracy!

But, Tom and I began a session last summer at the beginning of August, and I’m proud to say that as a couple we have lost over 82 lbs so far.

What a great health improvement for all who have taken advantage of this benefit. We have learned so much about healthy lifestyle planning, NOT dieting.

I’m happy to say that to date, the 44 Graco employees who have participated have lost a total of 1,756 lbs.!! This week marks another start of a session and I’m sure our “corporate down-sizing” will continue :)

Thanks, Darlene.

Not only have folks lost a lot of weight but we’ve also heard that their weight loss has positively affected their blood pressure and/or their diabetes.  And strangely enough, losing weight with people can bring a group together! Lots of friends have been made through this program which always makes coming to work that much nicer.

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