Frequently Asked Questions
What is Shape Up Houston?
Shape Up Houston is a local 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to helping Houstonians get healthy and lose a million pounds. It was founded in 2012 by Lan Bentsen with a mission to increase awareness and encourage action around the unsustainable level of obesity and its impact on the health and well being of our community. Shape Up Houston offers free online health trackers to the community and low cost worksite wellness programs to employers.
Community Wellness Program: Shape Up Houston offers FREE online health trackers and health challenges to individuals and the community. Go to Community Wellness Program page for more information.
Corporate Wellness Program: Shape Up Houston offers low cost wellness programs for companies looking to improve employee health and productivity. Our program will complement and enhance existing wellness programs or serve as the primary wellness program for companies that do not have one in place. Go to Corporate Wellness Program page for more information.
How Do I Get Involved?
For Individuals: Sign Up for a free online health tracker account or download the Shape Up Houston app for iPhone or Android. Anyone can participate! Contact Us if you're interested in student internship or volunteer opportunities.
For Employers or Groups: Contact Us to learn more about our low cost employer wellness programs and to sign up your company.
How Is the Employer Program Different than the Individual Program?
The individual program is always free for users to track their health and participate in community health challenges.
Employers have access to additional tools to create an effective and comprehensive wellness program for a low cost annual subscription:
-Simple, turnkey health challenges that are fun and motivating
Example: No Fry for Five, Rethink Your Drink, Get Some Sleep, and more!
-Ability to set up teams for friendly competition
-Professionally designed promotional materials like posters, flyers, and handouts
-Comprehensive guide to planning, customizing, promoting, and launching your program
-Easy-to-Use Aggregate Reporting to track participation and results
-Year round technical and wellness programming support
Is My Health Information Confidential?
Yes! Protected personal health information like date of birth, weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose levels will be kept strictly confidential, unless you explicitly give Shape Up Houston permission to share your information.
If your company participates in a wellness program, it will only have access to the aggregate results of all the participants at your company, but not access to individual records.
How Can I Win Prizes from My Employer?
If you participate in a health challenge, you may choose to share your participation information with your employer or group for the purpose of determining eligibility for prizes. You may choose to start or stop sharing information at any time. Choosing to share or not share health challenge participation information does not impact your ability to participate in any Shape Up Houston programs. Just check a box under "Privacy Settings" during registration or within the My Account section of your Shape Up Houston account to start or stop sharing.
Protected personal health information like date of birth, weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose levels will never be shared, even if the box is checked.
What is the Million Pound Challenge?
The Million Pound Challenge is a city-wide initiative for Houstonians to get healthy and collectively lose one million pounds.
The initiative was officially launched on January 29, 2014 at a news conference at Houston City Hall with Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Houston City Council. Our program engages public, private, and non-profit community partners around the city.
Everyone can join the Million Pound Challenge! Sign Up for free and track your health today.
How Can I Get Reliable Information on Living a Healthy Lifestyle?
How Do I Lose Weight?
Weight loss is different for everyone, so Shape Up Houston does not take a position on advising individuals about weight loss. Start by reviewing our Weight Loss Basics page and then consult your physician to discuss an appropriate plan of action for you.
Is Shape Up Houston Related to ShapeUp.com?
Nonprofit Shape Up Houston is not affiliated in any way with the East Coast based for-profit company ShapeUp.com.
I Have a Question About My Account - Who Do I Contact?
If you don't see your question in the FAQ, please Contact Us.