Earlier this month, I joined a work incentive plan to get in better shape. It's an "On the Move" challenge where members of the company combine together into teams, then try to meet walking step objectives with fitness trackers. The idea is to encourage employees to get in better health to lower health costs.
One of the additional programs available to me is called "Omada Health".
It's not really a diet program like Weight Watchers that tells you what you can eat. It's a digital coaching program. You can choose whatever 'diet' paradigm you like. You get grouped with other people into teams and you have a digital coach.
The model is interesting. My employer is paying for the program, but the Omada company only gets paid if I successfully lose percentages of my bodyweight (and maintain it). That will be interesting for me because my focus is more on body recomposition rather than straight weight loss. Bodyfat percentage isn't part of their metric. My current bodyweight is continuing to hold steady, even though positive changes are occurring. My body recomp will likely include some weight loss over the longer term, though.
The motivation of my employer is to reduce the risk of diabetes and other health diseases of the employees. Since we work desk jobs with long hours and high stress, we are at high risk of not eating well and getting enough exercise. The incentive is that prevention will lower healthcare costs for the company and the workers.
"In a significant vote of confidence, two of Omada’s customers, Humana HUM +0.5% and Providence Health & Services also joined the round. The two health plans started offering Omada’s Prevent program less than a year ago to their employees and members. Those who enrolled registered a weight loss of 4% to 6%. "
It's free to me, so I thought I would try it to see what it is about. The program is for 16 weeks of daily tracking commitment, and 8 months of self guidance. I'm really great about being diligent with diet and exercise in the summer months, but I tend to fall off and rebound in the winters. That's mainly the support I'm looking for. Maybe this will help keep me motivated when the summer is done.
I just received a welcome kit and a scale. The scale is linked up to their system, so my weight is recorded automatically. All I have to do is step on the scale, and track my food and exercise for the next 16 weeks. My digital coach for my team will provide guidance and support. My program with my team officially starts on Sunday.
This program is intended to incentivize employers, but individuals can join too. I'll post on how the program is working as I participate in it, and whether it might be worth it.
Has anyone else heard of Omada, or participated in it? If so, what did you think?
What do you all think? Does this sound like a good idea for employers to pay for programs like this? Do you think it will help reverse the trend toward diabetes and heart disease in America?