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Barnes: Take the zero weight gain holiday challenge

dfox • Nov 18, 2015 at 6:00 PM

Research suggests that the average American gains about one pound during the winter holiday season. This is much less than the five to eight pounds commonly believed. Unfortunately, researchers at the National Institutes of Health report that most people never lose that extra pound of weight, so it accumulates year after year. Later in life the extra weight may be a major contributor to obesity and the diseases associated with it.

Join me and UT Extension as we embark on a new journey: The Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge.

The Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge lasts six weeks. It begins the Sunday before Thanksgiving (Nov. 23) and runs through the Sunday after New Year’s Day (Jan. 3, 2016). The Challenge offers tips about how you can prevent weight gain and stay fit over the busy holiday season. Each week during the six-week challenge, you will receive at least one email message that will help you to survive and thrive in spite of all the temptations to overeat and be inactive. At the end of the six-weeks, you will be asked to complete a short survey (You don’t reveal your weight just whether you maintained, gained or lost).  This is a free program. 

In general, the Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge topics will include:

•  how to manage your environment to reduce overeating and promote physical activity,

• how to make better food choices when eating at home or away from home

• and how to make physical activity more easy.

Register for the Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge today by emailing Shelly Barnes, FCS Extension agent for Wilson County, at sbarnes@utk.edu.

UT Extension provides a gateway to the University of Tennessee as the outreach unit of the Institute of Agriculture. With an office in every Tennessee county, UT Extension delivers educational programs and research-based information to citizens throughout the state and provides equal opportunities in all programming and employment. In cooperation with Tennessee State University, UT Extension works with farmers, families, youth and communities to improve lives by addressing problems and issues at the local, state and national levels.

For more information on this or other family and consumer sciences related topics, contact Shelly Barnes, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension agent for UT Extension in Wilson County. Barnes can be reached at sbarnes@utk.edu or 615-444-9584.

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