Be Colorado brings weight loss to UCCS

To help UCCS faculty and staff meet personal weight loss goals, the Be Colorado program will sponsor a weight reduction and maintenance program beginning in February.

Called Colorado Weigh, the 12-week weight loss and long-term maintenance program is taught by registered dieticians. On average, participants lose almost six percent of their body weight during the course, according to Risa Heywood, CU health promotion program manager.

“This program puts into practice the world renowned research done at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in the area of obesity treatment,” Heywood said.

Colorado Weigh will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Tuesdays from Feb. 14 to May 8, excluding spring break, in the University Center. The class is open to all UCCS faculty and staff. The cost for the Phase 1 class is $240, a discount from the regular price of $349, and is paid through payroll deduction during a three-month period. Faculty and staff who are University of Colorado Health Trust members can receive a $100 rebate for meeting attendance and logging goals.

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Classes are limited to 25 participants and they fill quickly, Heywood said. For more details on the Colorado Weigh program, visit or contact Heywood at

In other Be Colorado activities, Brad Bayer, executive director, Student Life and Leadership, is among the latest UCCS staff members to appear in a promotional video about the program.

In the video, Bayer joins Pam Talley, a physician at CU Boulder, and TyAmber Whitaker, a medical assistant at the CU Hospital, in extolling the virtues of living in Colorado and sharing tips about being healthy.

The video is all part of an effort to encourage faculty and staff to actively work to improve their physical, mental and financial health.

For more information about the Be Colorado program, visit

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