MAXIMUS sponsors initiative to help nurses lose weight

We are delighted to be sponsoring an initiative to help nurses reach and maintain a healthy weight. The Healthy Weight Initiative for Nurses (WIN.) is a well-established multi-partner programme designed to tackle obesity in nursing. In sponsoring WIN., MAXIMUS has enabled the programme to enter phase two and run for a further year.

How MAXIMUS is supporting WIN.

We have adapted our WellbeingZone digital wellbeing platform to incorporate new content, language and themes – all designed by nurses. The app, NURSING YOU, enables nurses to take a health assessment, set a health goal and track their progress. It also hosts a wide range of useful, multimedia, health and wellness content to support nurses and encourage them to make healthier lifestyle choices.

Central to the success and take-up of this initiative has been the involvement, from the outset, of working nurses. At the heart of WIN. is the ethos that the programme should always be ‘..designed by nurses, for nurses.’

Our sponsorship of NURSING YOU also includes funding so the programme can continue to be led by a senior nurse and driven by the nursing community.

What WIN. aims to achieve

In a six month period we hope to see:

  • 1,000 nurses register on the digital wellbeing platform

  • Between 600 and 700 nurses remain active (set a goal, etc) on the platform

  • A positive change in behaviour of working nurses through increased wellbeing scores on the digital platform

  • An overall reduction in combined weight of all participants

Evaluating of the programme

WIN. phase two ran throughout 2018, and a final report has been prepared to review the success of the NURSING YOU app.

Obesity in nursing – the facts

Research highlights that 1 in 4 nurses are obese, but factors behind this headline statistic are complex. Unhealthy behaviors often relate to nurses’ experiences at work and 95 per cent of nurses had made previous attempts to lose weight. Other findings suggest that:

  • 34% of nurses had their own weight mentioned by a patient

  • 25% of nurses said their own weight made them embarrassed to talk to patients about weight

  • 30% of nurses reported that their own weight made them less likely to raise the topic with patients

Potential causes of obesity in the nursing community

  • 12 hour shifts

  • Not taking breaks

  • Short staffed or increased workload

  • No designated break area or nowhere to heat-up food

  • Lack of healthy food availability

  • Feeling not cared for by employer

  • Eating as a coping response


About WIN.

WIN. first launched in 2016 as a partnership between C3 Collaborating for Health, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and London South Bank University (LSBU), and was funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing and the RCN Foundation.