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This Holiday Season, Maintain Instead of Gain with Eat Smart Move More


Each year, the average American gains between 2 and 5 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas. No need to add to the stress of the holidays by setting a weight loss goal (that’s what New Year’s Resolutions are for!) Just break the weight gain cycle this year by maintaining your current weight throughout the holiday season using North Carolina’s “Eat Smart Move More Holiday Challenge.”

The "Maintain, Don’t Gain Holiday Challenge" officially starts on November 22, 2010. During the next six weeks, challenge participants will receive a weekly e-newsletter full of tips and strategies to help you eat smarter and fit exercise into the busy holiday season.

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To get started, go to www.myeatsmartmoremore.com and click “Join Now”. In addition to the weekly newsletter, you will have the opportunity to keep a food diary and activity log to ensure you stay on track during all of the holiday parties and frantic shopping trips in the days ahead. The Challenge site also offers a weight log – monitoring weight weekly will help you notice when you need to get back on track after a splurge.

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Because the key to maintaining weight is balancing what you eat with how much activity you get, the ESMMNC Holiday Challenge also offers a calorie calculator and meal planner to ensure the foods you eat best fit your needs without making you feel deprived.

Want to get the whole office involved? Eat Smart Move More offers a variety of colorful handouts as well as a Worksite Guide for inspiration on how to make the program successful for a group.

Eat Smart Move More North Carolina is a statewide movement to promote increased opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity. The organization helps communities, schools and businesses make it easy to choose more healthful behaviors.