A Coach Can Help

From the Summer 2013 Issue of For Your Benefit  Newsletter

It’s the time of year when it’s harder to hide extra pounds you’re carrying around.  If you want to get serious about losing weight, a coach can help.  According to a June 2012 Miriam Hospital Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center pilot study, obese individuals participating in a weight loss program supported by a professional health coach or peer lost clinically significant amounts of weight -- an average of nine percent of their body weight over 24 weeks.

Health coaching can take many forms:

  • Weight loss group, such as Weight Watchers®;
  • Telephonic health coaching and online programs, offered by the WellMASS pilot program to eligible participants and some of the GIC’s health plans;
  • Worksite teams and competitions; and
  • Other ongoing support forums, such as a group of friends committed to losing weight.

Losing weight is hard work.  It’s easy to be tempted by unhealthy food choices, to skip exercising, and to become disheartened.  Health coaches offer support and information to motivate behavioral change.  Most of all, they hold you accountable to real lifestyle changes.  Make a commitment to lose extra body fat – get a coach and see results! 

Contact your GIC health plan to find out about weight loss programs and discounts available to you.  If you are eligible for the WellMASS pilot program (GIC health plan enrollees who are active state employees working in the Executive Branch, Constitutional Offices, and the Legislature, and state retirees ages 55-64 and their GIC-covered spouses) be sure to take your Health Assessment, which gives you access to health coaching based on your risk profile.

This information provided by the Group Insurance Commission.