Washington and Lee University encourages employees to make healthy lifestyle choices and offers a variety of wellness programs for employees and their spouses and partners. Weight Watchers uses an integrated approach to weight loss that emphasizes good eating choices, healthy habits, a supportive environment and exercise. The program is built on four basic principles:
- weight loss should be healthy;
- the program should fit into your life;
- the choices you make should be informed; and
- the Weight Watchers program must be holistic, taking into account your behavior and environment as well as your food and exercise choices.
W&L subsidizes 50% of the cost of Weight Watchers at Work for employees and their spouses/partners. The University will also subsidize 50% of online membership. For online membership, employees must pay the full cost to Weight Watchers and contact the work-life coordinator for reimbursement. Please forward payment invoices to the work-life coordinator within 30 days of receipt to ensure full reimbursement. Weight Watchers offers different payment options for Weight Watchers at Work.
The Weight Watchers at Work program is offered as a 12-week Series. You may join after the Series begins and pay a prorated amount. Please contact Andrea Velsaquez for information or attend a Weight Watchers Open House event.
Employees who make their weight goal should cancel their monthly pass account with Weight Watchers, and notify Human Resources. Members who continue to maintain their weight goal (or do not exceed more than two pounds over goal) will continue to have access to the Weight Watchers e-tools.
Employees are encouraged to use flexible spending account dollars for their portion of the Weight Watchers cost. To take advantage of this benefit, employees must be enrolled in the FSA and obtain evidence of medical necessity from a health care professional. Reference the list of Common Eligible and Ineligible Health Care Expenses for more information.
"Weight Watchers has been such a wonderful program. My blood pressure has dropped and my energy has increased. I have learned healthier eating habits that will remain with me. Everyone in the program is so supportive of each other that it is no wonder that we have lost weight!" -WW Member
"...with the help of WW, I lost 10 lbs and by improving my diet reduced my risk of developing heart disease to below average. I probably would not have done this if W&L hadn't made the class so accessible." -WW Member
"I should say that I have been very blessed by the WW program. I honestly never thought I would be able to lose weight again. I have been able to stop taking blood pressure medicine and enjoy feeling better than I have in 17 years." -WW Member