Weight Watchers: We'll whip workers into shape


Weight Watchers: We'll whip workers into shape
A new health scheme devised by Weight Watchers will be offered to workplaces across the country.

The programme offers advice meetings, weekly weigh-ins and help in keeping weight off once employees have slimmed down.

Mads Ryder, senior vice president of Weight Watchers UK, is a walking advocate of the scheme after taking part last year himself and losing 26 pounds.

"For the employer it will help cut healthcare costs and cut down on the number of days staff are off sick and I don't think employees will have a problem with taking part," he pointed out.

The diet company also offers confidentiality conditions, which ensure colleagues will not find out one another's weight.

The executive said he expects around 500 organisations to sign up for the programme this year.

According to figures released by health care suppliers Bupa this week, more than half of British employees think their employers should take greater measures towards workplace wellbeing.

Anders Jensen, Marketing Manager of ClickAJob, welcomes the idea.

"In the drive to retain good staff, managers need to focus on employee well-being just as much as pay packet incentives," he says.

"Staff who feel good about themselves undoubtedly perform better. Helping them look good and feel healthy can only multiply the advantage."

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