Are you one of the many people who are on a weight loss journey? It may seem like an obsessive trend but the idea behind losing weight generally is a good thing. We don’t have to lose weight just to look good in our clothes, but mainly to keep disease at bay, to age gracefully and to be active in our later years. If you have the right mindset and encouragement, it should make the journey more worthwhile. With age, our metabolism slows down and makes it harder for us to not feel the effects of those bad eating habits it took us years to form. Then there’s the struggle of changing those eating habits.
There are weight loss companies out there that help you get on a good diet plan and help you to incorporate exercise in your daily activities to help with your weight loss goals. It seems that perhaps the health implications of being over-weight and unhealthy may be so concerning that there is a program out there that will reimburse you up to $1800 if you get serious about losing weight. This Canadian program was set up to help combat a growing obesity problem. It is funded by the Oral Aesthetic Advocacy Group (OAAG). OAAG first started offering free dental care and now have moved on to offer up to $3 million in funding subsidies per year to help combat obesity.
*I have no affiliation with this site. I just came across it one day and thought it was a great idea for those already willing to spend money on their weight loss journey
Terms and Conditions
According to the website, this program is open to all Canadian residents 18 years or older. There is no cost to sign up for consideration for the grant. Your first step would be to research the terms and conditions that you would be agreeing to if you do want to fill out an application to be considered for this program. The site says the deadline for the current weight loss cycle is November 21, 2016. I’m sure there will be another deadline when the next cycle starts.
There are 8 parts to the applicant agreement which includes details such as agreeing that your weight loss journey will not consist or partially consist of invasive or surgical procedures, or agreeing to write a “thank you” letter which will be publicized if you do end up qualifying for the grant.
There are also program guidelines you should review. The guidelines outline what makes you ineligible for this program which includes points like your method of weight loss is deemed unsafe, your weight loss goal is uncompelling or insignificant or you did not attend a weigh-in as required.
How it works
It seems you need to be losing anywhere near 20 pounds or more to qualify for this grant. Submit your information through the online form and someone will contact you. The initial contact is to ask further details to see if you reach a conditional approval. Based on that conversation, if you’re conditionally approved you will receive further details in the mail and will have to set up a weigh in. You can choose the location to be weighed in or you can go to one of the suggested clinics that someone from the Weight loss grant program will provide to you.
You also determine your goal weight and how long you think it will take you to reach your goal weight. You will have to choose a weight loss program or can go to one of the suggested ones provided to you. You pay for the services out of pocket and once you’ve hit your goal weight you will get your money reimbursed at 80% for up to $1800 back. According to the guidelines, if you’ve done everything you’re supposed to do, the reimbursement will take place within 30 days of hitting your goal.
If you’ve been thinking about starting your weight loss journey and are at a point where you considered joining a program to help you along, this weight loss grant may be worth your while. Take some time and read through the website, its rules and regulations as well as its guidelines. If you have the money to pay for a weight loss program up front and you fit within the parameters set up by this program, why not submit an application to get a large chunk of your money back? Look at it as another encouraging factor, a monetary incentive to gain from a successful weight loss journey.