(BOONE, NC)—December 4—Many Americans gain between one and five pounds each holiday season. While it may not sound like much, most people never manage to lose those extra pounds. That means five years from now you could be twenty pounds heavier, just from weight put on during the holidays.
Instead of piling on the pounds, North Carolinians are invited to join the eighth annual Eat Smart, Move More…Maintain, don’t gain! Holiday Challenge. Rather than focusing on trying to lose weight, this free six-week challenge provides participants with tips, tricks and ideas to help you maintain your weight throughout the holiday season. The challenge began November 25 and runs through December 31.
To join, all you have to do is sign-up at www. ESMMWeighLess.com, click on the Holiday Challenge tab, then click ‘Sign Up Today’ and enter your email address. All participant information is kept confidential.
Once you join you will have access to a calorie counter, a food log and an activity log to track your progress, a chance to receive bonus healthy holiday recipes if you sign up early and complete the pre-survey and six free weekly emailed newsletters with tips to manage holiday stress, fit physical activity into your day and cook quick and healthy meals.
In 2012, more than 3,960 people from 40 different states and Canada took part of the challenge, and 72 percent were first time participants. At the end of the program, 71 percent reported maintaining their weight. In addition, 20 percent reported losing three to five or more pounds. The Eat Smart, Move More…Maintain, don’t gain! Holiday Challenge is a part of Eat Smart Move More Weigh Less, an online 15-week weight management program using strategies proven to work for weight loss and weight maintenance. Eat Smart Move More Weigh Less was developed by NC State University and the NC Division of Public Health.
Please call your local health department if you have questions about the Maintain Don’t Gain Holiday Challenge. You can also call the health department to make an appointment with a Registered Dietitian (RD) to get better personalized guidance and increase your success rate.
Contact: Kaitlyn Jongkind
Phone: (828) 264-4995
Email: [email protected]