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Maintain, Don’t Gain Holiday Weight Maintenance Program
November 4, 2008, Volume 55, No. 11

Thanksgiving is fast approaching, signaling the start of the festive winter holiday season—a time to celebrate and enjoy the company of family and friends! Unfortunately, it’s also one of the hardest times of year to maintain your waistline, as many of the holiday celebrations revolve around food and drink. Human Resources wants to help you during this challenging time by offering the Maintain, Don’t Gain holiday weight maintenance program.

Maintain, Don’t Gain helps you track your weight with pre- and post-holiday weigh-ins at convenient locations across Penn’s campus. Inspiring messages throughout the holiday season will motivate you and keep you focused. The program even offers gifts to those who participate and succeed. And most participants do succeed—last year, nearly 90% of the participants either maintained or lost weight, with 35% maintaining their starting weight within 0-2 pounds, and 54% losing weight!

New this year–Team Competition

Create a team with your office mates or friends on campus. Give yourselves a name. We will track how all team members are doing and average your results in January. Teams with all members who maintain and or lose weight by the final weigh-in will be highlighted on the Maintain, Don’t Gain Honor Roll on the Human Resources website and receive a special token gift.

All participants who maintain or lose weight will be entered into a raffle for several exciting prizes from the Computer Connection. 
Participating is easy. Once you’ve registered, just come to the pre- and post-holiday weigh-ins and keep your weight within 2 or 3 pounds of where you were before the holidays. Weights will be recorded and maintained by Human Resources staff members, and all private information will be kept absolutely confidential. You will be given a record of your initial and final weights.

To take part in the Maintain, Don’t Gain program, register online at www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/wellness/maintaindontgain.aspx. Pre-Holiday weigh-ins will take place November 20-24. Registration reduces wait times and gives us the information we need to provide you with inspiring motivational messages about how to tackle the greatest challenges during the holidays.

Questions? Contact Human Resources at (215) 898-5116 or suzsmith@hr.upenn.edu.




Almanac - November 4, 2008, Volume 55, No. 11