Welcome to the Not A Single Pound Challenge, an exciting and fun way that can help you prevent putting on those extra pounds over the holiday season. Most of us add a pound or two every year over the Thanksgiving – New Year’s time frame. The problem is that we gain a few pounds, but we don’t lose them. Then all of a sudden ten years later, we wonder how in the world did I gain these extra 20 pounds.
Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County has been promoting Not A Single Pound for four years. It’s an approach aimed at preventing weight gain over the holidays. Each year we have expanded the outreach of the program. In past years we have tried to work with groups and organizations in Montgomery County and across Ohio. However this year, we are reaching out not only to organizations, but also to individuals.
Many groups and organizations set up a semi-formal process wherein employees are “officially weighed at the start and at the finish”, while others choose to do self-reporting.
This year, for the first time, individuals who are not part of an organized group can register online and then use the tracking tool to stay abreast of their progress.
If you’re part of a group or organization, you can still use the charting tool, but the tool is separate from the weighing process of your groups. The charting tool is primarily a way for you to judge your progress during the holidays. For example, if 3 weeks after the start of the challenge you notice you’ve gained 3 pounds, you will know you’re going the wrong direction. If you finish the challenge at the same weight as your starting weight, then you’ve met the challenge and had a successful holiday season.
The challenge is built around the daily healthy lifestyle prescription of 5-2-1-AN.
5 – Eat five servings of fruits and vegetables
2 – Spend less than 2 hours of leisure time in front of the TV, computer, or video games.
1 – Get at least 1 hour of physical activity
AN – Drink Almost None of those sugary soda or juice-flavored drinks.
5-2-1-AN is part of the GetUp Montgomery County effort. You can find more information at http://getupmc.org. It’s a lifestyle choice which can help you maintain your weight and improve your health for the rest of your life.