The months of November and December are times for celebration and visitation. Also, at no other time during the year are we more likely to put on additional pounds.
On average, Americans gain one to two pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year's. This may not sound like much, but recent research shows that most people never lose those extra pounds. Year after year, this annual holiday weight gain can lead to health problems such as obesity, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Making a plan to maintain your weight through the holiday season is an important way to prevent these health risks.
Lancaster General Health and Lighten Up Lancaster County (LULC) will help the community eat healthy, manage stress, and stay physically active with the 8th annual “Maintain Your Weight Over the Holidays” challenge. This is a free challenge that starts Monday, Nov. 14. Each week, participants receive email tips on exercise and stress management, recipe suggestions, and practical ideas from Lighten Up Lancaster County members about staying healthy through the holidays. Participants are encouraged to weigh themselves once a week to monitor their progress. The challenge ends the week of Jan. 2. If you record your weight weekly for all eight weeks of the challenge, you are entered to win a $100 gift card.
To join the challenge, sign up here.
Would you like some additional support and motivation? You can also organize the “Maintain Your Weight Over the Holidays” challenge in your workplace. LG Health’s Wellness Center can provide a health coach to facilitate weigh-ins, provide weight management education, and offer the encouragement and support needed to achieve success. Additionally, at the conclusion of this program, we will provide summaries and strategies for continuing the momentum for your wellness program. For more information on implementing a Maintain Your Weight Over the Holidays program at your worksite, please contact the Corporate Health Office at 717-544-3527.