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Creating Healthier Holiday Traditions

Week 1: Healthier Holiday Traditions

Thanksgiving – a holiday that the term ‘food coma’ probably originated from – can make sticking to your health goals difficult. Rest assured – it is possible to enjoy Thanksgiving without stuffing yourself (leave that to the turkey). Let’s kick off the holiday season with a healthy start.

Manage Your Portions

With a little planning, you can enjoy 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 options. Skip the items you don’t enjoy as much, while leaving room to indulge (moderately) in your favorites.

Cook Healthier Alternatives

If 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 or swap half the potatoes for cauliflower in your mashed potatoes – no one will notice the difference! Check out our Pinterest page for more healthy Thanksgiving meal ideas.

Create Active Holiday Traditions

Create a new Thanksgiving tradition of doing something active. Sign-up for a Turkey Trot with friends or family, try our Planksgiving workout, play a game of touch football before the big meal (work up an appetite) or go for a post-meal (pre-dessert) walk around your neighborhood.

Healthy Holiday Challenge Results


We had  2,384 people participate in the Weigh and Win Healthy Holiday Challenge and commit to healthier habits over the holidays this year. Of those that completed both weigh-ins, 78 percent maintained their weight. The winners have all been notified by email.

Grand Prize Winners of $125 Amazon Gift Cards:
  • Katie – Northglenn
  • Karen – Brush
  • Lisa – Arvada
  • Jerie – Colorado Springs
  • Wendy – Pueblo West
  • Sherri – Castle Rock
  • Lynda – Northglenn
  • Kristen – Denver
  • Ivory – Denver
  • Marye – Denver
Runner-up Winners of $25 Amazon Gift Cards:
  • Erica – Denver
  • Diana – Berthoud
  • Roger – Loveland
  • Pam – Aurora
  • Justin – Arvada
  • Nyssa – Colorado Springs
  • Sandy – Aurora
  • Sara – Thornton
  • Denise – Boulder
  • Bridget – Centennial

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.

5 Tips for a Happy, Successful Team Challenge

The team challenge is a great way to achieve your health goals. In fact, people who participate in the team challenge are MORE successful. Successful Weigh and Win participants lose an average of 17.7 pounds, team challenge members lose 20.5 pounds and team captains lose 22.3 pounds which is 26% more than an average participant!

To help make the team challenge a positive and successful experience, here are a few tips from previous challenge winners.


1 | Encouragement

“We would often weighed-in together and celebrate any loss, even if it was only 0.2 pounds. It was really encouraging to do it that way.” – Jennifer, Team Captain ‘The Bod Squad’

TAKEAWAY: We all have ups and downs, so remember to encourage your teammates and celebrate even the small successes.

2 | Work Together

“We made meals with each other. We would grocery shop together. We started working out together and if we couldn’t work-out we would meet up and walk at lunch. We also all signed up for a 5k and all did that as a team.”
– Desiree, Teammate ‘The Freedom Fat Fighters’

TAKEAWAY: Remember, the point of the team challenge is to HELP one another be successful in achieving your health goals. Try working out, eating healthy and setting goals together.

3 | Communicate

 “A couple times a week a few of us would touch base and discuss our workouts, new foods we had tried and how we did on the scale. About halfway through the contest our team captain would send an email letting everyone know where we were on the leaderboard to keep up the momentum. Communication and interacting with one another was key for us!”
– Cindy, Teammate ‘Weight Loss Wolverines’

TAKEAWAY: Openly communicate with your team and talk about your successes, barriers, and motivation. Try sending out a bi-weekly email to your teammates with words of encouragement and an update on your team’s progress.

4 | Accountability

“My co-worker and I would bring each other lunches and healthy snacks to work, because that was a big downfall for us. There was always a lot of junk around.”
– Krystle, Team Captain ‘The Freedom Fat Fighters’

TAKEAWAY: Accountability is key to success. Help your teammates by keeping each other accountable on achieving your healthy eating and active living goals.

5 |  Motivation

“Our team was wonderful!  We all motivated each other with words of encouragement and cheered each other on.  It is so helpful to have several people working towards the same goal.”
– Cindy, Teammate ‘Weight Loss Wolverines’

TAKEAWAY: Remember to stay positive and continue to encourage your teammates in a helpful and positive way.

Healthier, Stronger Team Challenge Winners

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Congratulations to everyone who participated in the ‘Healthier, Stronger’ Weigh and Win Team Challenge. More than 850 people and 180 teams participated across the state. The team challenge helps fuel healthy change through competition and social accountability. Don’t worry if you missed out on this challenge, our next team challenge starts August 1, 2016.

Weight Improvement Team Challenge Winners:
  • 1st Place: Freedom Fat Fighters, 10.34% weight improvement
  • 2nd Place: CAM – Mission Slimpossible, 10.07% weight improvement
  • 3rd Place: WCSD6, 9.69% weight improvement
HEALTHpoints Team Challenge Winners:
  • 1st Place: And I Will Walk 10,000 Steps, 6,647 average HEALTHpoints
  • 2nd Place: Pharmers Only…PSI, 6,296 average HEALTHpoints
  • 3rd Place: Here we go again, 6,245 average HEALTHpoints

Each of the winning teams won great prizes like Fitbit Flex activity trackers, smoothie blenders and more. In addition, the winning teams chose a qualifying charity for a $1,000 donation to be made on their behalf.

The Next Team Challenge

Want to get competitive? The next team challenge runs August 1 – October 31, 2016. The team challenge is a great way to achieve your health goals through competition and social support. In fact, Weigh and Win participants who join the team challenge lose more weight than the average participant! Look for more information on the next team challenge in July.

Questions? Contact Weigh and Win at or 303-694-8007.

Weight Loss Challenge Starts February 1

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Become a healthier, stronger you with the Weigh and Win Team Challenge and compete against others across the state in a competition to get healthy.

Compete in one of two categories from February 1  – April 30, 2016 to achieve:

  • the most average weight improvement (%) or
  • the most average HEALTHpoints during the challenge period

Join or create a team of 4-8 people starting February 1 or any time after. The join and create a team buttons will appear on the Team Challenge page, when logged into your Weigh and Win account, starting February 1, 2016.


Visit for more information and to join the challenge! You must sign-up for a free Weigh and Win account if you don’t already have one.


The top three teams in each category win great prizes and a $1,000 donation to an approved non-profit.

  • 1st: Fitbit Flex ($100) – Smart activity tracker that makes fitness fashionable.
  • 2nd: REI Gift Card ($50) – Treat yourself to a healthy, active gift.
  • 3rd: Cookbook Duo ($30) – Two healthy cookbooks to make delicious meals.
  • 1st: Smoothie Blender ($25) – Blend a smoothie in a convenient travel mug.
  • 2nd: Bluetooth Wireless Headphones ($20) – Makes listening to workout tunes easier.
  • 3rd: Target Gift Card ($15) – Buy yourself a healthy treat.
Want more details on how the team challenge works?

Team Challenge Drives Weight Loss Success

Become a healthier, stronger you in 2016 with the Weigh and Win Team Challenge! The team challenge starts in just a couple weeks. Do you know who you want on your team? Teams can begin forming February 1, 2016.

See how the team challenge helped motivate these Weigh and Win participants to be successful in achieving their health goals.

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Happier, Healthier Holiday Challenge Results


Thank you to everyone who participated in the ‘Happier, Healthier Holiday Challenge’ this year. We had more than 1,600 people participate this year. Out of those that completed both weigh-ins, 78 percent maintained their weight! The winners have been notified by email.

Congratulations to the grand prize winners of a $125 Sports Authority Gift Card:

  • Jennifer – Denver
  • Dyan – Elbert
  • Megan – Castle Rock
  • Michael – Parker
  • Jennifer – Castle Rock
  • Melissa – Greeley
  • Kevin – Broomfield
  • Jennifer – Commerce City
  • Cindy – Berthoud
  • Deb – Fort Collins

Congratulations to the runner-up prize winners of a $25 Sports Authority Gift Card:

  • Kit – Lakewood
  • Michelle – Colorado Springs
  • Michele – Agate
  • Jennifer – Denver
  • Jean – Denver
  • Stacy – Denver
  • Theresa – Castle Rock
  • Traba – Longmont
  • Katie – Lamar
  • John – Greeley

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


MEDIA CONTACT: Kaytee Long | Health Promotion Manager| O: 303-694-8012 |C: 303-619-8571 |


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


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Healthy Holidays Tip 5: Managing Stress and Being Mindful


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.


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.