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Maintain, Don’t Gain!
November 14, 2006, Volume 53, No. 12

One of the toughest times of the year for maintaining and/or losing weight is the winter holiday season, from Thanksgiving through New Year’s. While the holidays are a time to rejoice, celebrate, and enjoy time with family and friends, many of these activities revolve around food. 

Human Resources wants to help you avoid gaining weight during this challenging time by introducing our new Maintain, Don’t Gain program. This holiday weight maintenance program offers:

• Pre-and post-holiday weigh-ins at convenient locations across campus (below)
• A welcome packet with general information about the program and a form for tracking weight throughout the six weeks of the program 
• Inspiring messages throughout the holiday time period
• Gifts for those who participate and succeed

How Does It Work?

Come to the weigh-ins before and after the holidays and keep your weight within a certain range:

• No more than a 2-pound increase for those who weigh under 175 pounds
• No more than a 3-pound increase for those who weigh 175 pounds or more 

Pre- and post-holiday weights will be recorded and maintained confidentially by Independence Blue Cross (IBC) program staff. IBC will give you a record of your initial and final weigh-in amounts. You can get weighed-in at the following times and locations (room information is available upon registration):


Pre-Holiday Weigh-In

Post-Holiday Weigh-In


Friday, 11/17/06, 10–11:45 a.m.

Thursday, 1/4/07, 10–11:45 a.m.


Friday, 11/17/06, 12:15–2 p.m.

Thursday, 1/4/07, 12:15– 2 p.m.


Monday, 11/20/06, 10–11:45 a.m.

Friday, 1/5/07, 10–11:45 a.m.

Business Services

Monday, 11/20/06, 12:15–2 p.m.

Friday, 1/5/07, 12:15–2 p.m.

How Can I Participate?

Pre-registration is required for participation.  Pre-registration allows us to be prepared for demand.  It keeps lines down and reduces wait times to a few minutes.  Pre-registration also gives us the information we need to provide you with inspirational and motivating messages on how to tackle the greatest challenges during the holidays.  For details on how to pre-register, go to www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/wellness/maintaindontgain.asp. If you don’t have access to a computer, contact Human Resources at (215) 898-5116. 

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Human Resources at (215) 898-5116 or suzsmith@hr.upenn.edu.

—Division of Human Resources

Almanac - November 14, 2006, Volume 53, No. 12