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Stuff the Turkey – Not Yourself!

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For release: Immediate     November 1, 2010
Contact: Julie Henry 919-707-5053

RALEIGH – Many North Carolinians gain between 1 and 5 pounds each holiday season. It may not sound like much, but most people who gain weight during the holidays never manage to return to their pre-holiday weight. The statewide Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina movement is offering a free resource to help you stuff the turkey, but not yourself this holiday season.

North Carolinians are invited to join the fifth annual Eat Smart, Move More…Maintain, don’t gain! Holiday Challenge. Rather than focusing on trying to lose weight, this free six-week challenge provides participants with tips, tricks and ideas to help maintain weight throughout the holiday season.

Online sign-up is open at Only an email address is needed to join. All participant information is kept confidential.

The challenge will begin Nov. 22 and run through Dec. 31. People who sign up early and complete the pre-survey will receive bonus healthy holiday recipes and a shopping list.

Each week, participants will receive free weekly emailed newsletters with tips to manage holiday stress, ideas for fitting physical activity in during the busy season, and resources for cooking quick and easy meals when time is in short supply. A calorie counter, food log and activity log are also available for free download to help track your progress.

In 2009, more than 5,200 people from all 100 North Carolina counties and 47 other states took part in the challenge. At the end of the program, 82 percent reported maintaining their weight.

The Eat Smart, Move More…Maintain, don’t gain! Holiday Challenge is a part of the Eat Smart, Move More NC movement to increase healthy eating and physical activity opportunities wherever North Carolinians live, learn, earn, play and pray. Find out more at
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