March 13, 2012

Employees Lose 195.5 Pounds at Unified Group Services

Nearly two out of every three U.S. adults are overweight or obese and cost employers more than $12 billion each year in healthcare and related expenses. Statistics, like these, prompted Unified Group Services to challenge employees to participate in a 13-week weight management program called NutriSum. This program encourages participants to eat healthfully, increase physical activity, and log weight and activity for a daily NutriSum score. 33 employees participated and by the end of the 13 weeks, they had lost a total of 195.5 pounds.

Participants were divided into teams and reported their NutriSum score to their team captain each week. The “Nutri Newbies” team made up of Debbie Seaborne, Kerrie Dunn, and Claire Padgett had the most points and each received a $50 Target gift certificate for their efforts. But, with the total weight loss of all the participants, everybody won.

Unified recognizes that helping employees start and maintain a regular activity program while encouraging healthy eating habits is important for both the employees and the company. This program encourages employees to get “points,” by eating breakfast within 2 hours of rising, eating at least 3 servings of whole grains, eating a minimum of 5 produce servings (at least 3 of which were vegetables), drinking 5 or more 8-oz glasses of water, and avoid eating after dinner or within 2 hours before going to bed every day. Employees were also encouraged to work towards a goal of 60 minutes of exercise each day. The behavior changes learned through the program are sustainable and can help employees continue and maintain their weight loss journey.

Anderson-based, Unified Group Services, Inc., is a Third Party Administrator (TPA) for self-insured group health plans. Unified offers a broad range of services, including Wellness programs, created upon the company’s core value of customer service. Each Wellness program is designed specifically to meet the needs of the customer and help improve the wellness of the employees.