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Your stomach is rumbling and you eye the clock wondering if you can make it to dinner? The Ziploc snack bag you keep filled with healthy emergency snacks in your desk drawer is empty and you wish you had remembered to fill it. You know you will not have a good workout after work if… Continue reading »

The results are in! The 2017 Holiday Challenge was the largest and most successful Holiday Challenge since it began in 2006. There were more than 28,600 people who joined the 2017 Holiday Challenge, which is an 83% increase in participation from 2016. All 50 states, all 100 NC counties, and 14 additional countries participated. Click… Continue reading »

If you are a Grey’s Anatomy fan, you recently witnessed Dr. Bailey, played by actress Chandra Wilson, have a very real brush with death. In the scene, Dr. Bailey complains of physical symptoms and visits the emergency room, unaware she was experiencing a heart attack. “When your day starts off and you have no intention of… Continue reading »

Calling all current and former Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less participants! Do you have a friend or colleague interested joining your healthy journey? For a limited time, refer a friend or colleague and receive a FREE “Cook This, Buy That” Meal Planner and Igloo lunch bag! Your friend or colleague can join any of… Continue reading »

Sheila Bannister is the Health and Wellness Director for ONI Risk Partners in Indianapolis, Indiana. Even as newcomers to the Holiday Challenge, Sheila developed creative strategies to involve her employees and clients. She shares her experience and strategies below. Way to go, Sheila and ONI Risk Partners! Employer Testimonial: Implementing the Holiday Challenge As the… Continue reading »

We are excited to share today’s testimonial from a fun and creative virtual race group: Team Mighty Oaks. Team Mighty Oaks participated in the 2017 Holiday Challenge and the 2017 Virtual Race Through Paris. They share their incredible experience below. Congratulations, Team Mighty Oaks!   Virtual Marathon through Paris encouraged fitness, friendship, and fun for state… Continue reading »

I love learning about useful life hacks, and here’s a simple one that has helped me to de-stress and live more mindfully at work.  It’s a little strategy called Pomodoro and it has changed the way I tackle my endless To-Do list – for my health.  If you spend most of your work life at… Continue reading »

During this time of the year, it’s so easy to break the cycle of the fitness routines that we worked so hard to develop during the spring, summer and even fall months. It’s just something about the cold weather, shorter days, and the busy season that causes us to forgo physical activity for a few… Continue reading »

Miles for Wellness is a team-based, eight-week challenge put out by the NC Office of State Human Resources twice a year (Spring and Fall) to encourage NC state employees to get more daily steps. The goal is to encourage employees to get 10,000 steps (equivalent to five miles) on most days of the week. I… Continue reading »

The Holiday Challenge Taste Test is an annual event in which we determine which recipes will be included in the Holiday Challenge. Each team member chooses a healthy recipe, brings the dish to the event, and we all taste and rate each dish. Only the highest rated dishes make it into the Holiday Challenge. It’s… Continue reading »