Did you know that most of us gain between one and five pounds each holiday season? While it might not sound like much, most people never manage to lose those extra pounds. I invite you to join the Maintain, Don’t Gain! Holiday Challenge. This free seven-week challenge will give you tips, tricks, and ideas to help maintain your weight throughout the holiday season. The 2017 Challenge runs November 13 through December 31 so register today.

ADHS staff began participating in this Challenge in 2013. That year, only 16 people in Arizona participated. Each year, we’ve encouraged more and more people to join. In 2016, 205 Arizonans were in the challenge, which is offered by our public health colleagues in North Carolina.

As a part of the 2017 Holiday Challenge, I am excited that there is also a free Virtual Race through Paris! Walk or run past iconic landmarks and quaint cafes all the way to the finish line at the Eiffel Tower (a 26.2 mile route – a full marathon). Take your motivation to maintain your weight this holiday season to a whole new level. Be sure to register for the Virtual Race through Paris.

Join the ADHS team in this year’s Holiday Challenge and the Virtual Race through Paris. Let’s set a new record for the number of people in Arizona who “Maintain, Don’t Gain” this holiday season.