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 13th 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 39,000 people from around the work participated. Now it’s time for the 2019 Holiday Challenge!

The 2019 Holiday Challenge:

November 18 – December 31

Registration does not close and you may sign-up at any time.holiday challenge

Please note: Many employers offer incentives for participating. If you agree to share your name, we will ONLY be sharing your name with your employer, NO weight information is ever shared. If you do not receive the Welcome Email 24 hours after signing up please contact holidaychallenge@esmmweighless.com.


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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

For Employers

There were over 900 employers represented in the Holiday Challenge last year. More than 125 employers purchased the Employer Package, which included customized reports, a marketing kit, and a certificate of completion. For more information about the Employer Package, please see below or 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

Employer Package

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

If you are interested in the 2019 Employer Package options, please email holidaychallenge@esmmweighless.com.


2018 Outcomes

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Over 39,000 people from all 50 States, all 100 North Carolina counties, and 27 additional countries participated in the 2018 Holiday Challenge. To see how your state participated, and for the rest of the 2018 Holiday Challenge outcomes, click the button below:

For questions regarding the Holiday Challenge, please email HolidayChallenge@esmmweighless.com.