An employee newsletter from Human Resources

August 2015


Be a Successful Loser!

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.

Calculate your BMI

This is FYI only and not for official program purposes


How'd you do?
under 18.5 = underweight
18.5 - 24.9 = healthy weight
25 - 29.9 = overweight
30 + = obese

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:

  • Defeating Negative Thoughts teaches how to replace unhelpful self-talk with a positive perspective and improved body image.
  • Navigating Difficult Situations helps you make healthy choices, even when you dine out or travel.
  • Maintaining Motivation is about how to stay inspired. You’ll revisit personal values, learn how to reward yourself, and remember how to have fun!

Once you’ve enrolled, here’s what you get:

  • Weight loss tools. You’ll receive a welcome kit that includes a program guide, food journal, and a Fitbit. Fitbit trackers are wireless, wearable trackers that measure number of steps walked. At the end of the day sync it to your phone or computer to monitor your progress.
  • Coaching, education and support. You’ll work with a health coach and registered dietitian highly trained in motivating behavior change, exercise, and healthy eating to create an action plan for achieving weight loss goals.
  • Tools, resources, and community. You'll be a member of an exclusive online weight loss community where you can work on mastering the program's 10 Essential Practices using e-lessons, videos, and articles.

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.

Doug Reynolds

“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.

Alan Dennis
Alan Dennis

"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.

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