By Marilyn Halpern, MSW, LSW ~
The 17th Annual Eat Smart, Move More, Maintain, don’t gain! Holiday Challenge is designed to help our community focus on healthy eating and physical activity this holiday season. The challenge is in full swing.
Many Americans gain between 1 and 5 pounds each holiday season. While it might not sound like much, most people never manage to lose those extra pounds. Rather than focusing on trying to lose weight, this FREE challenge provides you with support, strategies and resources to help maintain your weight throughout the holiday season. The program offers a wonderful mindful eating guide that is perfect to download and put on your refrigerator. You can download the resource at this link: https://esmmweighless.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/12-Mindful-Eating-Strategies.pdf
Any adult over 18 years of age across the United States with a valid email address can join the Holiday Challenge. Registration does not close and you can sign-up at any time. The Holiday Challenge features weekly newsletters, daily tips, weekly challenges, tools, and a private Facebook community to foster social support and encouragement throughout the holidays. Participants can engage as much or as little as they would like to, as all resources are sent to their email and available online. Signing up takes less than 2 minutes, visit this link: https://esmmweighless.com/holidaychallenge/
The Holiday Challenge is developed and managed by North Carolina State University and the NC Division of Public Health. In 2022, more than 40,900 people from all 50 states and 32 additional countries took part in the Holiday Challenge. At the end of the Challenge, 92% maintained or lost weight and 98% are likely to participate in a future Holiday Challenge. The Holiday Challenge is looking forward to the state of Colorado becoming more active with the program in 2023.
Year-round support is available for weight maintenance and weight reduction, sign up to get free healthy recipes, daily tips, exercise ideas and more by visiting: https://esmmweighless.com/sign/
Wishing you a happy, healthy holiday season!
Marilyn Halpern is the founder and executive director of Aspen Care Services. This locally owned business provides medical power of attorney, care management and professional guardianship services in the Denver Metro area. For more information visit www.aspencareservices.com or www.aginglifecare.org. Logo provided by The Holiday Challenge.