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Get Paid to Lose Weight in 2010

written by Head Health Nutter January 7, 2010

Have you ever looked at movie stars and said, “Sure I could be thin and beautiful, too, if it was my job!” Well, there’s a new website that actually pays overweight Americans to achieve their weight-loss goals!

Recently covered on Time.com, HealthyWage.com launched in October when founder, David Roddenberry, discovered research in the Journal of American Medicine suggesting that small monetary incentives triple the effectiveness of weight loss and smoking cessation programs.

The lure of cash seems to be working: 5,000 people have signed up on HealthyWage.com so far. Click here to see a 2:30 minute news clip.

The website has 4 incentive programs in effect this year:

  1. BMI Challenge provides $100 from corporate sponsors to obese Americans (nearly one third of the nation) who lose weight.
  2. SuperSizer allows you to “bet” on your ability to lose weight.
  3. Top Motivator pays you when you’re friends lose weight.
  4. Weekly Weigh-in celebrates your success and commitment each week with product giveaways from sponsors and motivational support.

To qualify for the reward in the BMI (Body Mass Index) Challenge, members are required to weigh-in on the website once a week and have their starting and ending weight verified by a physician. If you achieve a healthy weight (typically 30-80 pounds) by December 30, 2010, you will be rewarded $100 for your spanking new slim figure!

It’s free to enter the BMI Challenge. The final deadline for this 12 month challenge is January 20.

Or, while you’re on the BMI challenge, you can choose to “super-size” your weight-loss efforts. Up your ante from $0 to $300 and increase the stakes to $1,000!

HealthyWage also pays America’s Top Motivator $1 for every pound lost by his or her top 100 motivatees in the BMI Challenge. Motivatees are HealthyWage members who designate a “Motivator” within the website.  Example: 100 motivatees x 200 pounds each = $20,000 prize.

The Top Motivator incentive celebrates the important role that friends and family play in encouraging and facilitating weight loss. The winner will be announced at the end of the BMI Challenge.

Finally, each week HealthyWage challenges members to continue their weight loss journey by sharing tips and reporting their weight loss progress in its supportive online community.  On Tuesday at 10:00 pm ET, HealthyWage reports who lost the most weight for the week. Sponsors may provide coupons or free products rewards for weight loss winners.

HealthyWage is an incredible opportunity for those looking to lose weight this year. The website is unique in that it was created based on encouraging results from published academic weight-loss and motivation research, as well as previously tested weight-loss programs using incentives.

Special Offer for Live Lighter Readers!

HealthyWage has graciously offered to give away 5 free SuperSizer programs to allow YOU (at no cost today) the opportunity to get paid $1000 for losing weight in 2010! The first 5 American readers to leave a comment below will receive this special offer!

So, Readers, would you be more motivated to achieve your health goals this year if someone paid you?

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20 comments

Dan Berger January 7, 2010 at 5:37 pm Reply
Head Health Nutter January 7, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Thanks for sharing, Dan. I’ll have to check it out.

How many inches did you lose on it?

Steph @ LiveLighter.org

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Kate January 10, 2010 at 11:55 pm

Cool! I’d love more info on HealthyWage.com

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kathleen January 11, 2010 at 12:35 am

I live in Chicago and would love to win a supersize program for free! I went to the healthywage site as soon as I read the article about it in Time Magazine, but can’t get back on healthywage.com for past 30 minutes or so.
Hope they haven’t closed down enrollment.
Do I get a free supersize program? That would REALLY be incentive :)!

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Head Health Nutter January 12, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Whoo Hoo! 3 super-size programs coming up!

Congrats to Kate, Kathleen and Dan! I’ll send your information to HealthyWage.com and someone will be in touch soon.

Have fun with at HealthyWage.com and please come back to let us know how it’s going! 🙂

Steph @ Live Lighter.org

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David L January 16, 2010 at 6:36 pm

It is nice to see a positive motivation site. A few other sites have come up recently that rely on negative incentives to help your commitment. I for one am really going to give this one a looksee.

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Head Health Nutter January 18, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Hi David, welcome to Live Lighter and thank you for leaving a comment.

I’ll send your email address to HealthyWage for your free super-sizer program! 🙂

Steph @ LiveLighter.org

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kathleen January 18, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Thanks to Stephanie for contacting me to ask if HealthyWage has contacted me yet re my free super-size program. I was getting concerned. My thanks to you folks at LiveLighter.org for helping make sure this gets done ! I AM motivated!!!

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kathleen January 18, 2010 at 8:11 pm

THANK YOU once again! HealthyWage has now contacted me about the free SuperSizer membership.

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Head Health Nutter January 18, 2010 at 10:57 pm

That’s great news, Kathleen! I’m so pumped for you all to win that $1,000! Please come back to let us know how you like the site and how you’re doing.

Please don’t be too upset with HealthyWage, though! I knew they were busy and should have contacted you right away to let you know. My sincerest apologies to you, the other winners and to HealthyWage for dropping the ball with communications. 🙁

Steph @ Live Lighter.org

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kathleen January 19, 2010 at 1:11 am

Stephanie, I’m not upset with anyone. I won a free program and am so pleased with both web sites!
Thanks

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Head Health Nutter January 20, 2010 at 10:25 am

Whew! I’m really happy to hear that Kathleen. 🙂

Have fun over at HealthyWage and hopefully some of the info here on Live Lighter might help a bit, too.

Steph @ Live Lighter.org

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Chatika Price July 30, 2010 at 6:58 pm

I would love to join and find out more information about the program.

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Steph (a.k.a. Head Health Nutter) August 3, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Hey Chatika!

Thanks for poppin’ by Live Lighter and inquiring about the HealthyWage weight loss program. Just hop on to http://www.HealthyWage.com for more info.

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Anne K November 16, 2010 at 2:51 pm

I am in desperate need for some cash and would love to get a free super size me challenge! If there are any more going on please let me know! I stink at doing things alone and ROCK at competition! Thanks

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Head Health Nutter November 17, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Hi Anne, good luck with the cash – it would be great to get paid to lose weight, eh?

Check out their site, it looks like they’ve found success with the program and will be around for awhile! http://www.healthywage.com/

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natasha December 11, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Hello. I would like more info and would like to join the program.thanks

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Head Health Nutter December 15, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Check out their site, it looks like they’ve found success with the program and will be around for awhile! http://www.healthywage.com/

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[…] In October 2010, HealthyWage launched. HealthyWage offers an interesting variety of options. You can participate as a group or an individual. Teams can enter into an online “Biggest Loser” type competition but they must pay $100 to register. The team with the highest percentage weight loss wins a big cash prize: $10,000! As an individual, you can receive $100 from sponsors if you reach a healthy BMI or you can bet $300 and if you reach your goal you will make $1,000 back. One of the unique features of HealthyWage is its focus on accountability. Your physician or gym has to supervise official weigh-ins and submit data to the site. Time magazine has reviewed HealthyWage and so has Live Lighter. […]

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