Holiday Challenge

The 2018 Holiday Challenge

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Worried holiday weight gain will weigh you down?

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.

Last year’s Holiday Challenge was the biggest and best ever. More than 28,000 people from all 50 states, all 100 NC counties, and 17 additional countries participated (an 83% increase from the previous year). Now it’s time for the 2018 Holiday Challenge!

The 2018 Holiday Challenge runs from November 12 through December 31.

Please note: Some employers offer incentives for participating. If you agree to share your name, we will ONLY be sharing your participation with your employer, NO weight information is ever shared. Check with your employer for specific incentive options.

If you do not receive the Welcome Email 24 hours after signing up or if you have any questions please contact

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For Employers

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In all, we had 240 participants register for the Holiday Challenge, and heard great feedback. I learned about the challenge just a few weeks before it launched, so I was very pleased at how easy it was to implement. I will definitely start promoting this earlier next year so more of my clients can take advantage of this amazing resource! Thank you Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less!



-Sheila Bannister, Health and Wellness Director, ONI Risk Partners

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Employers interested in offering the Holiday Challenge to your employees, please email

2017 Outcomes

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Over 28,600 people from across the United States and around the world participated in last year’s Holiday Challenge. To see how many people from your state, country, or county (NC) and to see the rest of the 2017 Holiday Challenge outcomes, click the button below:

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For questions regarding the report or the Holiday Challenge in general, please email

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The Holiday Challenge team recently presented the results from the 2017 Holiday Challenge at the NC Division of Public Health, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Section Annual Meeting. The results were presented to the tune of “Twas a Night Before Christmas” read by our very own Santa Claus. To see the video, click here.


For a one-page infographic about the 2017 Holiday Challenge, click below: