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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.

The concept behind the program is that people check their initial weight around November 15, and then check their final weight again around January 15, after all the football bowl games have finished up. If you find you have either maintained or lost weight during that time period, then you have won the challenge. It’s very much a personal motivational tool.

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.

NASP Weight Tracker

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.

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.
  • Tally Sheet - A handy tally sheet for your records.
  • Spreadsheet - The official Excel spreadsheet for tracking and reporting final results.
  • Door Signs - Example door signs posted during weigh-ins and weigh-outs.

Employees Weigh Themselves

  • Overview - An overview of the Not A Single Pound program.
  • Instructions - The step-by-step instructions for allowing employees to report results.
  • Tally Sheet - A handy tally sheet for your records.
  • Spreadsheet - The official spreadsheet for tracking and reporting final results.

For More Information

Contact Brenda Alexander, Public Health’s Fitness & Wellness Instructor at (937) 496-3376 or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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