Not JUST Another Tool to Help You Achieve Your New Year’s Resolution

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MEDIA CONTACT: Kaytee Long | Health Promotion Manager| O: 303-694-8012 |C: 303-619-8571 | klong@weighandwin.com

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Free Resources Help Coloradans Stick to (and Achieve) a New Year’s Resolution

DENVER, Dec. 28, 2015 – Every holiday season, millions of Americans ring in the New Year with a common goal: weight loss. Whether motivation stems from wanting to fit into last year’s jeans or simply wishing to be healthier, data shows “staying fit and healthy” as the top New Year’s resolution of 2015 for Americans, followed closely by “lose weight.” According to a study done at the University of Scranton, of the 45 percent of Americans who usually make New Year’s resolutions, 64 percent maintain them past one month and 46 percent past six months. Only 8 percent of people are actually successful in achieving New Year’s resolution goals.

Living a healthy lifestyle is attainable if a person has access to the correct educational tools and support. In the United States, $40 billion is unnecessarily spent on weight loss every year, a number that could decrease exponentially by utilizing free community resources such as the Weigh and Win program (primarily funded by Kaiser Permanente). Not only would obesity rates decrease, but the amount spent on medications for obesity related ailments such as type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and heart related issues, would follow suit.

“To compliment my healthy living New Year’s resolution, I joined Weigh and Win in January of 2014. My father passed away at 73 and my mother at 78; I had just turned 70,” said Weigh and Win success story Suzanna Spears.  “Weigh and Win was not only a free resource but a daily reminder of the commitment I had made to myself. I have lost weight and built muscle and stamina. People even comment on how I look better.”

Spears has since competed as a walker in 10 5k’s, 9 of which she has taken first place.

“The greatest benefit is knowing that, as I approach my 72nd birthday next month, I am a different person and have improved my quality of life. I still check-in with Weigh and Win daily,” said Spears.

Weigh and Win has helped thousands of Coloradans reach their goals. To date, the program is made up of 70,000 participants. The average weight loss for a successful participant after one year in the program is 17.7 pounds.

“My husband Ron and I were looking at our weight as a barrier for us enjoying life including traveling, going anywhere seats may be too small or where we may have to walk too far,” said Weigh and Win participant Julie Brown. “Since our successes with Weigh and Win, Ron has been taken off full-time oxygen and diabetes medication and is working full-time for the first time in a decade. Weigh and Win made us accountable to our goals while receiving daily, positive reminders, tips and money to boot!”

Weigh and Win is available for free to all Coloradans 18 and over. Sign up for an account today at www.weighandwin.com.

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Healthy Holidays Tip 6: Drinking Responsibly

With all the parties and commitments, it can be difficult not to over-imbibe or over-caffeinate. People often underestimate the effects that too much alcohol, caffeine and sugary drinks can have on your mind and body. Too much caffeine can make you jittery, irritable, and restless and can cause an upset stomach. Excess drinking promotes a wide variety of health risks like liver problems, hypertension and complications from diabetes.  Moreover, beverages, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, can add empty, unnecessary calories to your day.

Need an energy boost? Here are three non-caffeinated ways you can boost your energy without brewing another cup of coffee.

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  1. Pop a piece of mint gum. Chewing increases your heart rate and blood  flow to the brain. Mint also stimulates the trigeminal nerve, which in turn  stimulates the brain, making you more alert and energetic. 
  2. Play your favorite energizing song. Not only will it give you energy, studies  have found it can also increase productivity and focus.
  3. Go for a quick walk or take the stairs to get your blood flowing.

Check out your Healthy Holiday Calendar for more tips on healthy hydration and treating yourself to beverages in moderation.

Healthy Holidays Tip 5: Managing Stress and Being Mindful

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The holidays can be stressful. We are overscheduled, frazzled preparing for a house full of guests or worried about the cost of buying presents or hosting guests. Take care of yourself this year and manage your stress. Focus on being mindful, present and thankful for your family, friends, health and well-being.

Feeling stressed or anxious? Try meditation. You can do it anywhere, the bus, at work or at home. Here are two mediation techniques to try out.

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1. Mindful Breathing

Sit with both feet planted on the floor and your hands in your lap. Clear your mind and focus all your attention on your breathing. Focus on how the air travels in through your nose and into your lungs as you breathe in and how your stomach and diaphragm relax as you exhale. Try this exercise for five minutes.

2. Mantra Meditation

Repeating words or a phrase over and over can help calm and focus your energy. Select a phrase or mantra that has meaning to you. You can use the classic “Aum” or a modern Gandhi quote like “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” You could select something more personal like the names of loved ones. Try this exercise for five to ten minutes.

Check out our Healthy Holiday Calendar for more ways to manage stress this holiday season.

Healthy Holidays Tip 4: Staying Healthy at Work

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A large portion of our waking hours are spent at work, so it’s important to engage in healthy behaviors when you’re in the office. It can be difficult when every time you walk into the break room there is a tray of cookies or donuts are being served at your morning meeting. Make it a point this year to be healthy at work and lead by example. If you’re being healthy in the office, others may follow suit. You can create a healthy culture by bringing a healthy food option to a work gathering or suggesting a walk with a co-worker over lunch.

Week-4-IconWhat healthy habits do you have at work? Check out your Healthy Holiday Calendar for more ways to engage in healthy behaviors at work.

Cheers to a Healthier You! Video Contest

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Share. Record. Win! Record a quick video answering the two questions below about why you decided to make healthy changes to your lifestyle. The most inspiring answer will win a $100 gift card to a healthy brand of your choice!

Cheers to a Healthier You Contest Questions:
  1. Who or what is your ‘why’ for improving your health?
  2. How do you feel now that you’re living a healthier lifestyle?
    (One or two motivating words!)
HOW TO ENTER:

1. Record yourself using your smartphone or computer answering the above questions. Keep your video clip under 20 seconds.

2. Visit www.WeighandWin.com/VideoContest (also found under the Challenge Tab) and upload your video using the contest form online by Friday, December 18, 2015.

3. The most inspiring answer (as selected by your team at Weigh and Win) will win a $100 gift card to a healthy brand of your choice. The official rules can be found online.

Healthy Holidays Tip 3: Incorporating Activity Into Your Day

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With work, house guests, holiday get-togethers and all the work that comes along with hosting or traveling, it can be difficult to stick with your regular exercise routine. Staying active over the holidays is especially important because you will most likely be consuming more calories than normal. Just because you can’t make time for your regular workout in the gym, doesn’t mean you can’t work activity into your day.

Traveling? Here are a few ways to stay active. And running to the gate to catch your flight does count!

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Check out the Healthy Holiday Calendar for more tips on sticking with healthy eating habits and managing your portions at parties.

Healthy Holidays Tip 2: Managing Portions at Parties

HH-2016-Email-HeaderBetween large meals with family, get-togethers with co-workers and soirees with friends, it can be difficult to maintain your healthy eating habits when you’re constantly surrounded by unhealthy temptations. Not to mention, all these holiday obligations can make it difficult to make time to prepare healthy meals when you are at home. With a little planning though, you can stay healthy and still enjoy yourself when you’re not eating at home.

You don’t have to say yes to every food item passed your way. Avoid the unhealthy items that are not your favorite, while allowing yourself to indulge (moderately) in your favorites. See below for ways to politely decline food.

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Check out the Healthy Holiday Calendar for more tips on sticking with healthy eating habits and managing your portions at parties.