Holiday Challenge

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Maintain, Don’t Gain This Holiday Season

This holiday season, the only thing that should be “stuffed” is the turkey. Many Americans gain between 1 and 5 pounds each holiday season. While it might not sound like much, most people never manage to lose those extra pounds.You are invited to join the 12th annual Eat Smart, Move More, Maintain, don’t gain! Holiday Challenge. Rather than focusing on trying to lose weight, this FREE seven-week challenge provides you with strategies and resources to help maintain your weight throughout the holiday season.


2018 Outcomes

Over 39,000 people from across the United States and around the world participated in this year’s Holiday Challenge.

To see how your state participated, and to see the rest of the 2018 Holiday Challenge outcomes, click the button below:

For questions regarding the report or the Holiday Challenge in general, please email HolidayChallenge@esmmweighless.com.


Holiday Challenge Features
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  • Weekly Newsletters
  • Daily Tips
    • Survive a holiday party
    • Host a healthy Thanksgiving
    • Manage holiday stress
  • Weekly Challenges
  • Healthy holiday recipes
  • Prizes and weekly winners
  • Support through social media
  • Support group on MyFitnessPal.com
  • A free virtual walking race for a little friendly competition and to boost motivation.

For Employers

There were over 900 employers represented in the Holiday Challenge this year. This year, an Employer Package was offered which included customized reports, marketing kit, and certificate of completion. There were 125 employers who purchased this package. To get your employees involved, check out our Worksite Guide, employer package (below), and email HolidayChallenge@esmmweighless.com to learn more.

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Wow, what an amazing response we are seeing with the Holiday Challenge this year. We have nine employer groups registered, with a total of 411 participants. This is up from last year’s 240 participants; an increase of 71.25%! We are hearing nothing but positive feedback. Several of my groups are once again utilizing a points system to award prizes at the end of the challenge. It is generating a lot of conversation about healthy choices, and we are having a great time with it. I have personally tried a few of the recipes that have become favorites! Thank you Eat Smart, Move More Weigh Less for this wonderful, free resource I can share with my clients.
—Sheila Bannister, Health and Wellness Director, ONI Risk Partners


New for 2018: Employer Package

  • Registration Reports
  • Custom Final Report
  • Virtual Race Report
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Marketing Kit

Pricing for the 2019 Employer Package will be posted at a later date.