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Weight Management Program

The Weight Management Program is making some changes to the program based on outcomes and feedback from some facilities and participants, as well as other PEIA Wellness opportunities that will be coming available. The changes to the program are to create truly a weight loss program. The program will have accountability and make progress towards your weight loss goals a priority.

Some of the policies are currently in place but have not been enforced consistently. We are offering facilities staff training so that all participants in the program receive a more standard experience in the program. We will continue to work with WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences (WVU CPASS) to provide support and assistance during this transition. 

If you are interested in making lifestyle changes and reducing your risk for chronic diseases, please stay in touch with PEIA on social media. We will be posting helpful information on healthy living more frequently on both our website and Facebook page.  Additionally, if you would like to receive emails about pilot projects or other Wellness program initiatives as they become available, we encourage you to visit www.wvpeia.com and click on the green Manage My Benefits button to update your email address.  Many of our opportunities will be announced electronically to keep overhead costs low and allow for timely implementation

 
Your PEIA Wellness Team

 
Maintaining a healthy weight is essential to a long and productive life. PEIA offers PEIA PPB members a weight management program which uses the services of registered dietitians and exercise professionals.

To qualify you must have PEIA Preferred Provider Benefit Insurance; be 18 years of age or older; have either a body mass index of 30 or greater, or a waist circumference of 35 inches or more for a woman or 40 inches or more for a man; have approval from your physician or nurse practitioner; and be ready to make permanent lifestyle changes.

Members are not eligible if they have undergone any bariatric surgery within the last 10 years, have exhausted the lifetime benefit, do not have approval from their physician or nurse practitioner, are under the age of 18, or if there is not yet a participating facility in the area or no facility is accepting new clients.

There is no coinsurance or deductible, only $20 per month copayment per participant with PPB Plan A, B, or D coverage. Plan C members must cover the cost of all professional appointments until their deductible is met.

Participants receive:
  • Individualized services from a registered dietician and exercise professionals;
  • Baseline assessments with monthly follow-ups;
  • Personal training;
  • Monthly staff check-ins; and
  • Access to a participating fitness facility.
As a participant, you will be obligated to do the following:
  • To complete monthly check-ins with WVU CPASS via phone, text or email;
  • To know and follow monthly schedule of appointments;
  • To keep all scheduled appointments or to provide 24 hours notice to your provider of a cancellation. Failure to do so could mean that you will be charged for the missed appointment;
  • To pick one facility and exercise 2-3 times per week for the required 10 times per month;
  • To cooperate with the monthly measurements;
  • To pay your facility copayment when due;
  • To notify your assigned staff support member if you are experiencing problems which are interfering with your participation;
  • To maintain courteous behavior;
  • To keep a food journal to be reviewed by your facility’s staff; and
  • To meet all compliance standards.

For more information, call 1-866-688-7493.

To enroll in the program on-line, go to Weight Management Enrollment.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published an analysis of PEIA’s Weight Management Program in its publication Preventing Chronic Disease: Center for Disease Control and Prevention article

Weight Management Program Sites