Some ideas for a weight loss contest include awarding prizes and planning and hosting themed weeks, such as a week where everyone brings a healthy lunch to share, or a week where groups of competitors take walks together or share diet videos. Additionally, participants can pay an entry fee toward a common pool with the winner receiving the money at the end of the contest. With a cash prize on the line, participants will take the challenge more seriously.
One simple but effective way to get people involved and motivated during a weight loss challenge is to have everyone in the group wear or carry a pedometer or activate the pedometer function on their smartphone. Set a step goal for the day or week, and give a small prize such as a water bottle or a gift card for a healthy restaurant to the participant who takes the most steps.
Incorporating games keeps participants from feeling like the weight loss game is a chore. Design a scavenger hunt that requires co-workers to walk around the office or neighborhood to find clues, or find a weekend day when everyone can meet for outdoor games like disc golf or football at a local park.