What are the dates of the contest?

Wednesday, February 20th – May 1st, 2013

Why a Fittest Winner Competition?

The UAF Chancellor and Wellness Committee thought this would be a great way to get individuals involved in a healthy contest and to get some friendly competition going.

Why the “Fittest Winner” competition instead of “Biggest Loser”?

We want to place more of an emphasis on exercise in addition to healthy eating and weight loss. Exercise has many more benefits than just weight loss. Also, this allows those who don’t have a need or desire to lose weight to participate and contribute to their team while enjoying the benefits of exercise. Minutes of exercise will count for 4/5 of the score and weight loss will be 1/5. Weight loss will be calculated into the team’s final score at the very end of the competition. For purposes of weekly updates, minutes of exercise will be the sole factor in determining which team is in first place, second place and so on. So if your team isn’t leading in total average minutes of exercise by the end of the competition, but you’ve lost a lot of weight, you could still win the competition.

Physical exercise enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health and wellness. It strengthens muscles and the cardiovascular system, hones athletic skills, which are important to everyday life, such as eye-hand coordination, and contributes to weight loss or maintenance. Frequent and regular physical exercise boosts the immune system and helps prevent the “diseases of affluence,” such as heart disease,cardiovascular diseaseType 2 diabetes and obesity. It also improves mental health, helps prevent depression, and helps to promote or maintain positive self-esteem.

Is there a cost to join?

No — this is a fun way to get people involved and have some friendly competition among departments.

How many people can be on a team?

No more than 12 members and no less than 4 — this is a new rule for Season 2. The primary reason for this is to make tracking team member information easier for team captains. The team captain will be responsible for keeping track of their own team’s statistics — the number of minutes exercised and weight lost, and for submitting that information to the competition organizers weekly for 10 weeks. It is important that this information be sent consistently and in a timely manner every week.

Do we have to share team member names and weights?

NO! The only information shared will be the team name, total minutes of exercise and each week’s percentage of weight loss. Team information is all that teams involved will see.

How will we communicate our information to get included in the contest?

You need to assign a team captain. The team captain will then need to register your team’s name and the name of each team member at the Fittest Winner Website no later than Friday, February 22nd, 2013. Each team captain will then submit the team’s total starting weight on the first day of competition, which is , February 20th, 2013. Team captains can then report there team info using the weekly reporting form located at the FWC website. Do NOT submit individual team members’ weight.

How will we be calculating the weight loss?

Each week, the team captain will report the team’s total current collective weight. The team’s current weight will be subtracted from the team’s starting weight and a percentage of weight loss will be calculated and updated every week. At the end of the competition, the team’s total percentage of weight loss will count for 20 percent of a team’s final score.

When do we do the weigh-in and send information?

On February 20th, 2013, the team captain will register their team with the total starting weight for your team. (Again, individual weights don’t need to be shared.)

Each Wednesday will be weigh-in day. This is an honor system  so the team members can weigh themselves at home, at their gym or here and give the team captains their results. The team captain will submit there info each Wednesday and let the FWC know the total current weight of the team and the total minutes of exercise.

How will we know how our team is doing?

By the end of the day on Friday, Kayli Stanfill – The program Director will send out an email to the team captains with a chart showing how each team is doing. It will ONLY show the team name along with the percentage of weight lost and minutes of exercise for the previous week and overall.

What is considered “exercise?”

Physical exercise is a bodily activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health. In general, exercise is a function designed to sustain or improve health and fitness.

Physical exercises are generally grouped into three types, depending on the overall effect they have on the human body:

I walk a lot during my job. Can I count that as exercise?

No, for the purposes of this competition, it will not be considered as exercise. However, if you take a break and perform a sustained 15 minute or more walk around the facility (outside or inside) or go up stairs as a sustained effort for 15 minutes or more, it is considered exercise.

Please join in the fun — there will be team recognition at the end of the contest.


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