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The Commonwealth of Virginia employees enrolled in a state health plan are eligible for WW discounted pricing and a 50% subsidy. Employees not enrolled in a state health plan, spouses, and adult dependents are eligible for WW discounted pricing only. Sign up today!

NEW! WW (Weight Watchers) Starter Kit Promotion

WW is running a new member sign-up promotion throughout May and June. Anyone who purchases a WW membership from 5/1-6/27 can redeem a FREE WW Starter Kit. WW’s Starter Kit includes:

  • Oven mitt
  • Cotton tote
  • Stackable lunch box
  • Silicone fork-and-spoon set
  • Mini container set
  • Kickstart Guide
  • Simply 5 Cookbook
  • Over $40 worth of coupons

For current members, WW Studios and all in-person Workshops are closed until at least 5/30. Digital + Workshop members will continue live Virtual Workshops through Connect.

Get more information on WW

Testimonial from Robin H. Roane, Director of Telecommunications Services at VCU

I  have been a WW member on/off for many years.  However, about six years ago I stopped thinking about it as just a diet to “knock off some extra weight” and truly made an eating lifestyle change using the Simply Filling Plan.  I had always followed the points plan as I thought the Simply Filling Plan was too limiting; I was so wrong!  I love my carbs and not having to measure/count points for potatoes, wheat pasta, and brown rice was a great option for me along with eggs, many meats, and fat-free cheeses…I lost 40 pounds and achieved lifetime membership!  Over the past few years, although I remained a member, I drifted back to some of my pre WW eating habits and didn’t stick to what I knew worked.  I’m back to it recently, on the Purple Plan (I wish they would return the full Simply Filling Plan) and I’m losing weight!  What I love the most about WW is that you truly can eat anything; yes, you have to account for it, but nothing is off limits.  I still have my Dove dark Chocolate each night and weekend cocktails!  I have more energy, sleep better, and just generally feel better!  

Enjoy this delicious recipe from WW

Spring chicken soup with veggies & quinoa

Total Time 25 min, Prep 10 min, Cook 15 min, Serves 1, Difficulty Easy

Cooking for one recipes often leave out dishes like soup. Here we have created the perfect chicken soup for one with carrots, celery and dill. Simple to prepare, this dish calls for only seven ingredients but tastes like many more. The pre-shredded carrots and cooked chicken cut the time down to a short 25 minutes of cooking. Easy cooking quinoa adds a hearty note to the dish making this soup delicious and filling. Serve with some crackers for a traditional feel or add a quickly bagged salad for a crunchy side of veg.


fat free chicken broth, 1¾ cup(s)

uncooked celery, 1 rib(s), small, sliced

uncooked carrot(s), ½ cup(s), matchsticks

uncooked quinoa, 2 Tbsp

uncooked sugar snap peas, ½ cup(s), halved

cooked shredded chicken breast, ½ cup(s)

dill, 3 Tbsp, fresh, chopped


  1. Bring broth to a boil in a small saucepan over high heat. Add celery, carrots, and quinoa; cover and simmer over medium-low heat, 10 minutes.
  2. Add sugar snap peas and chicken; cover and simmer until vegetables and quinoa are tender, 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in dill. Season with salt, pepper, and a squeeze of lemon, if desired

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