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Team up with others to offer program onsite
At ExxonMobil's Torrance (CA) Refinery, the company pays part of the cost of participation in a weight loss program. "Weight Watchers offers its programs at work locations if enough people sign up for a specific period of time," says Julie Rochefort, RN, MSN, NP-C, an occupational health nurse at the company's Torrance Refinery. "The minimum is 12 to 15 people, but it's difficult to get people to participate, especially with pressure from family and work."
The first session was held onsite with 25 participants. However, after the 17-week program was completed, only ten employees signed up for the next session.
Instead of cancelling the program, however, Rochefort found a way to partner with another nearby employer. "So our folks go down the street and participate in their lunch room instead," she says.