NU Online News Service, March 23, 2005, 2:38 p.m. EST

A Des Moines, Iowa, insurer wants to get serious about helping health plan members lose weight.[@@]

The insurer, Principal Financial Group Inc., has agreed to work with Weight Watchers of North America Inc., Woodbury, N.Y., to market Weight Watchers programs to plan members.

Plan members may get waivers of registration fees and discounts of up to 10% on meeting fees, Principal says.

The program will offer discounts on local meetings and telephone coaching as well as on Weight Watchers’ Web-based weight-loss program, Principal says.