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Healthiest Weight Florida Introduces Maintain, Don't Gain Holiday Challenge

By Florida Department of Health, Office of Communications

November 13, 2014

Want to Maintain a Healthy Weight this holiday season?

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.

With balance and moderation, you can enjoy the holidays the healthy way. Choose fresh fruit as a festive and sweet substitute for candy. Limit fats, salt, and sugary foods. Find fun ways to stay active, such as dancing to your favorite holiday music. Be active for at least 2½ hours a week. Help kids and teens be active for at least 1 hour a day.

Want more help? The Florida Department of Health is teaming up with North Carolina State University to offer the Maintain, Don’t Gain! Holiday Challenge. Rather than focusing on trying to lose weight, this FREE seven-week challenge provides participants with tips, tricks, and ideas to help maintain your weight throughout the holiday season.

The Holiday Challenge includes:

  • Seven weekly newsletters delivered to your inbox with tips to
    • Host a healthier Thanksgiving
    • Manage holiday stress
    • Fit physical activity into your busy day
    • Survive a holiday party
  • Daily Tips
  • Mid-week Challenges
  • Healthy holiday recipes
  • Motivation and support from other participants
    • How you participate is up to you—share your strategies on our Facebook page, connect for more tips on Twitter, and exchange holiday recipes on Pinterest.

The Maintain, Don’t Gain! Holiday Challenge is supported by a team of registered dieticians at North Carolina State University. It is part of the many resources provided by the Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina partnership. The Holiday Challenge runs from November 17 through December 31.

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