Maintain a healthy diet and follow doctors orders. It really pays off! (Photo by Peter Ardito)
Could you use a little extra incentive to shape up? How does one million dollars sound?
The health website Sharecare has partnered with Dr. Oz and Weight Watchers to launch "Transformation Nation: Million Dollar You," a wellness-promoting program that seeks to inspire participants to change their lives by improving their health behaviors. Everyone can sign up to participate, and after a narrowing of the field, viewers will be able to vote online for the most inspiring transformation story. That individual will not only gain better health, but will also score a sizable sum of money!
The program officially launched late last month, but you can sign up until April. "Three hundred thousand people have already signed up, and there's really no reason not to. Everyone wins who participates—by improving their health—and one person will win one million dollars," says Dawn Whaley, co-president of Sharecare.
Out of every entry, the top 200 transformation stories will be selected. Dr. Oz and his team will then narrow the field to 50 based on participant essays, health experts will choose the top 10 most inspirational and finally viewers will be able to vote online for the million dollar winner!
By following these seven steps, one of which is highlighted each month on an episode of The Dr. Oz Show, the health experts involved with the program say you can lengthen your lifespan and decrease your risk for many diseases.
- Tell a friend
- Official weigh-in/calculate your BMI
- Connect with your doctor
- Learn your family's health history
- Get more sleep
- Assess your stress
- Start new fitness habits
Appropriately for Oz, the next topic up for discussion (on his show tomorrow—find your local station and air time here) is "connect with your doctor." He'll explain three numbers that you need to keep tabs on with your doc to monitor your overall health.
Now tell us: What motivates you to lead a healthy lifestyle?