Healthy Holidays Week 2: Keep Calm and Carry On

Keep Calm and Carry On

The holidays can be a happy yet stressful time full of overloaded social calendars, parties, never-ending to-do lists and family get-togethers. Keep these quick tips in mind to avoid feeling overwhelmed, and make the most of your holiday season!

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Simplify Your CommitmentsIt’s okay to say no! Only schedule the happy hours and parties that mean the most to you. Your waistline (and your wallet) will thank you.

Suggest a Healthy AlternativeInstead of confirming that happy hour or coffee meeting, suggest a brisk walk to get your blood flowing and even burn some extra calories. Go the extra mile: sign up for a local race with coworkers as a team building activity!

Be Mindful Schedule a weekly yoga class. Use this as a chance to escape technology, relieve stress and even get some quality time in with friends or family. Don’t have a local yoga studio? Check out these yoga stretches you can practice at your desk or at home.

Healthy Holidays Week 1: Healthier Holiday Traditions

Healthier Holiday Traditions

Thanksgiving, a holiday synonymous with stuffing the turkey (and yourself) can make sticking to health goals difficult. Rest assured – it is possible to have a happy, healthy Thanksgiving without sacrificing fun or flavor. Let’s kick off the holiday season with a healthy start. Keep these small tips in mind this week and create new healthier holiday traditions.

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Manage Portions – With a little planning, you can savor your Thanksgiving favorites and avoid going to bed ten pounds heavier. Depending on what time of the day you sit down for your big meal, eat a healthy breakfast and avoid snacking throughout the day. At meal time, survey the spread. Skip the items you don’t enjoy as much, while leaving room to indulge (moderately) in your favorites.

Healthy AlternativesIf you’re hosting, try cooking healthier options of your less healthy family favorites. For example, try roasting vegetables in oil instead of baking them in butter. Have you tried making mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes? Consider swapping half the potatoes for cauliflower – no one will notice the difference! Check out our Pinterest page for more healthy Thanksgiving meal ideas.

Get Moving – After a big meal, curling up on the couch can be tempting. Instead, get outside and do something active! Create a new tradition of a post-meal walk before dessert. You’ll feel better, we promise.

Join the Healthy Holidays Challenge

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The holidays are hectic and oftentimes healthy habits are shoved to the wayside. On average, Americans gain one to four pounds every holiday season that they never lose. Over time, those pounds add up! So, let’s head into 2017 a little bit healthier. Join the Weigh and Win Healthy Holiday Challenge and enjoy the holidays with balance and maintain your weight this holiday season!

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HOW IT WORKS

  • JOIN THE CHALLENGEClick the ‘Join the Challenge’ button above. You will be redirected to your account login page. After logging in, you will see your Healthy Holidays Challenge Dashboard and you will officially be a part of the challenge. Not sure if you joined? Give us a call at (800) 694-0352.
  • WEEKLY TIPSReceive weekly tips for overcoming holiday temptations and engaging in healthy behaviors.
  • MAINTAIN YOUR WEIGHT Complete a pre-holiday weigh-in, between November 16-23, 2016, and a post-holiday weigh-in, between January 1-8, 2017. If you maintain your weight within one pound (or lose weight) you are eligible for the prize drawing!
  • WIN PRIZES Everyone who maintains their weight is entered into the drawing. We will be giving away (10) Grand Prizes of a $125 Amazon Gift Card and (10) Runner-Up prizes of a $25 Amazon Gift Card.

For more information and the official rules, please visit the Healthy Holiday Challenge page on our website. Have any questions? Call the Health Coaches at (800) 694-0352 or email us at personal.trainer@weighandwin.com.

Join the Weigh and Win Healthy Holiday Challenge Nov. 16-23, 2016

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Join the Weigh and Win Healthy Holiday Challenge Nov. 16-23, 2016

Participate for Free and Win Prizes for Holiday Weight Maintenance

DENVER, Nov. 8, 2016 – Colorado wellness program Weigh and Win, is launching its third annual Healthy Holiday Challenge, promoting weight maintenance throughout the 2016 holiday season. All participants who lose or stay within one pound of initially recorded weight will be entered into a drawing to win one of 20 Amazon gift cards (10 valued at $25, 10 valued at $125). Contestants are required to complete an initial weigh-in November 16-23 at any Weigh and Win kiosk location. A final weigh-in must be completed January 1-8 to qualify for the Healthy Holiday Challenge prize drawing.

The holidays are full of frequent celebrations and quality time spent with friends and family. As exciting as it can be, these next two months require extraordinary willpower while navigating the constant temptation of favorite holiday recipes. Weigh and Win created the Healthy Holiday Challenge to help Coloradans maintain their long-term health goals, through the never-ending dessert trays and over-booked social calendars.

“Weigh and Win’s Healthy Holiday Challenge kept me accountable,” said Sarah, a Denver Weigh and Win participant. “I felt empowered to say no to that third cookie and only indulge in treats I truly enjoy. The weekly tips kept my goals front-of-mind and gave me consistent motivation. I typically gain 10 pounds during the holiday season. This year, I only gained one.”

Over 5,000 Coloradans have participated in the Challenge. Of the participants who performed the two required weigh-ins, 81 percent maintained their weight.

“The holidays represent a time to treat ourselves to hearty food, flavorful drinks, and decadent sweets. But overindulgence can lead to a host of health problems including obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease,” says Amy Bayer, Kaiser Permanente Colorado registered dietitian and senior manager of prevention and chronic care solutions. “While being mindful about what we consume can help tremendously, participating in a program like Weigh and Win can take you the extra mile to keep you accountable for achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle—especially during the busy holiday season. Kaiser Permanente is proud to support this wonderful program as it continues to encourage Coloradans to achieve a healthy weight and thrive.”

Weigh and Win is a free community program available to all Colorado residents (18 years and older) that teaches healthy habits and pays cash rewards for weight improvement and maintenance.

HOW TO JOIN THE CHALLENGE:

  1. Sign-up for Weigh and Win: visit www.WeighandWin.com to sign-up for a free account.
  2. Join the Challenge: visit www.WeighandWin.com/HealthyHolidays and click the ‘Join the Challenge’ button, which will redirect to your account login page. After logging in, you will see your Healthy Holidays Challenge Dashboard and you will officially be a part of the challenge. Not sure if you joined? Give us a call at (800) 694-0352.
  3. Receive weekly tips for overcoming holiday temptations and engaging in healthy behaviors.
  4. Complete a pre-holiday weigh-in any time between Nov. 16-23, 2016, and a post-holiday weigh-in anytime between Jan. 1-8, 2017. Participants to maintain weight within one pound are eligible for the prize drawing.
  5. Win Prizes: Everyone who maintains their weight is entered into a drawing. Prizes include 10 Grand Prizes of a $125 Amazon Gift Card and 10 Runner-Up prizes of a $25 Amazon Gift Card.

Weigh and Win is supported by Kaiser Permanente and additional community partners, in an effort to encourage healthy eating and active living throughout Colorado.

Sign up for the program for free by visiting www.weighandwin.com or stopping by your local kiosk. See here for a list of the 95 existing locations.

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MEDIA & INTERVIEWS: Kaytee Long | Weigh and Win | 30­­3-619-8571 | klong@weighandwin.com

Congratulations to Fall Team Challenge Winners

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Congratulations to everyone who participated in the ‘Fit Fall’ Weigh and Win Team Challenge. More than 650 people and 140 teams participated across Colorado. The Team Challenge helps fuel healthy change through competition and social accountability.

Missed out on this challenge? Our next team challenge starts February 1, 2017. Stay tuned in January for more information on the next team challenge.

Weight Improvement Team Winners

1 | Team Wallace, 9.6% average team weight improvement
2 | UFCW Flab-u-less, 9.09% average team weight improvement
3 | Walcking Health BUSTERS, 6.97% average team weight improvement

HEALTHpoints Team Winners

1 | Walk on the Wild Side, 7091.33 average team HEALTHpoints
2 | DSD Drop it Like its Hot, 6378.75 average team HEALTHpoints
3 | Weapons of Mass Reduction, 6243.75 average team HEALTHpoints

Each winning team won great prizes like a Fitbit Alta and Amazon gift cards. In addition, the winning teams selected a Colorado charity to receive a $1,000 donation.