Public Health’s Not A Single Pound (NASP) challenge is a friendly county-wide effort to help groups and organizations encourage their employees not to gain weight. The general public is also encouraged to participate on their own and see if they can maintain their current weight during this festive holiday season.
The goal is for all participants to maintain their body weight (or lose weight if desired) during the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
As we all know, it is very difficult to maintain our weight over the holidays. In fact, most people gain 1-2 pounds each year from Thanksgiving through New Year’s. Unfortunately, it is not a temporary weight gain because most people never lose that weight. That seemingly small 1-2 pound weight gain each year really adds up over time…to the tune of 10-20 pounds over a ten year period. Over the course of our lifetime it becomes a significant weight increase!
Maintaining a Healthy Weight
So what’s the big deal with carrying around extra weight? Well, being overweight or obese places us at increased risk for a host of health problems, most notably heart disease, certain cancers, stroke, diabetes, breathing problems, sleep apnea, and osteoarthritis.
In Montgomery County almost 38% of adults are overweight and another 30% are obese.
Almost 25% of Montgomery County children between the ages of 2-14 are obese. Interestingly, the leading causes of death in Montgomery County include heart disease, cancers, stroke, and diabetes. That’s not by coincidence. It is clear that as a community, we need to eat healthier food and become more physically active!
Join the Fun!
Public Health’s NASP challenge is really simple and is open to everyone.
The challenge officially begins on November 15, 2012 and ends on January 15, 2013.
All participants should record their body weight at the start and end of the challenge.
For the general public, the challenge operates according to the honor system.
Weekly motivational tips will be posted on the Public Health website (www.phdmc.org).
Encourage your organization to participate:
Organizations can choose to conduct confidential weigh-ins and weigh-outs or allow employees to self-report their weight. For guidelines on each process, download the Instructions located directly under the Overview link in the appropriate column.
Public Health is asking organizations to report aggregate weight data for participating employees at the end of the challenge using the Spreadsheet link located below the Instructions link. Please note: use the appropriate spreadsheet based on the process your organization chooses to use.
Public Health will compile all submitted data from participating organizations to generate a county-wide summary report, which we will share with all participating groups.
Public Health will send a weekly email to contact persons of participating organizations with motivational tips for employees. These tips will also be posted on the Public Health website at www.phdmc.org.
Public Health encourages organizations to offer incentives to participating employees. This makes a big difference in the number of employees who participate. Listed below are possible incentives to consider:
Free individual or family membership to a fitness center
Gift certificate for a free exercise class
Gym apparel from a local gym
Wii Fit machine
Gift cards from a local grocery store
Gift card from a bookstore
Gift card from a sporting goods store
Gift cards from local restaurants
Ideas offered by employees when asked what they would like to receive
Groups Should Choose From the Options Below:
Download the files to get started!
Groups Weigh Employees
Overview - An overview of the Not A Single Pound program.
Instructions - The step-by-step instructions for conducting confidential weigh-ins.
Spreadsheet - The official spreadsheet for tracking and reporting final results.
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