Weighty issues lighten up in at-work program
It wasn’t a big deal moment. But when a certain birthday rolled around and Peter Westenhofer took a look in the mirror, he made a decision. He needed to lose weight.
“I thought, ‘You know I could probably be doing better than this,’ ” he said. “It wasn’t a mid-life crisis or anything. I was just well, ‘Let’s give it a try and see what happens.’ ” So he joined the Weight Watchers at work program offered at Chapman University and 76 pounds later, the rest is history.
Now Westenhofer is a lifetime member successfully maintaining his weight loss and the kind of guy who always takes the stairs. But he has plenty of company. Thanks to a generous incentive program that reimburses faculty and staff who enroll and attend the at-work program, more than 60 people are now attending the Wednesday noon-hour meetings. And the program was working well even before the incentive plan. Since the at-work meetings launched in October 2009, the total weight loss for the Chapman crew is 1,000 pounds.
Meetings are Wednesdays at noon in Argyros 201, with weigh-in beginning at 11:30 a.m. New members are welcome at any time and all paperwork can be completed at the meetings.