Note: This benefit applies to full-time Academic and Staff employees.
If you struggle with weight loss and don’t know where to turn, consider Weight Talk, a free program for employees enrolled in an IU medical plan. You must have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 23 or higher to participate.
What makes this program different than others? It is a combination of phone-based coaching (hence the “talk” part of the program name) and an online community of participants. The program lasts about 6 months and includes 11 personal calls between you and a coach.
One of the things we like best about Weight Talk are its 10 Essential Practices. Each one is covered in a coaching call; for example:
Once you’ve enrolled, here’s what you get:
Meet two IU employees who completed the program and read about their success! To enroll, visit Weight Talk Program or call 1-844-767-2636.
“I thought, ‘This is going to be torture. I’m going to be eating nothing but lettuce.’ It’s not like that. I learned a lot about myself. I learned about my eating habits. I learned to think about what I’m eating. Holding myself accountable. It made me healthier. I don’t feel like I’m susceptible to getting sick as often. It’s not nearly as hard as you thought it would be.”
Doug Reynolds was faced with a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. Since he had never tried to lose weight before, Doug went searching for support and found the Weight Talk® program. After starting at 235, he completed the program at 202 pounds.
"It was easier than I expected. I was expecting to have to do much more exercise. Exercise does not get me excited. Once I knew how much to eat, the pounds just came right off.”
Alan Dennis, an IU professor, had tried to lose weight maybe a half a dozen times. Each time, he tried to eat less, but in an unstructured way. When starting the Weight Talk® program, he weighed in at 170. Five months later he weighed 149 pounds.