’Tis the no gain season

Chelsea Wells
Chelsea Wells

Tis the season for family and friends, yummy treats, sweet drinks … and weight gain. Research shows the average American gains 5 pounds to 10 pounds between Halloween and New Year’s. Since Americans seldom lose holiday weight, the pounds can accumulate year after year.

To help curb holiday weight gain, Healthy Mesa County has launched the “No Gain Season” worksite wellness challenge. The “No Gain Season” continues through Dec. 27. This self-monitored challenge focuses on weight maintenance — or weight loss — by setting 10 goals:

  • Eat a healthy breakfast.
  • Drink at least six glasses of water each day.
  • Eat at least three servings of vegetables each day.
  • Stop eating when full.
  • Control alcohol intake.
  • Try not to consume sugary beverages.
  • Exercise at least three times a week.
  • Do something for someone else.
  • Spend less than two hours each day watching TV or surfing the Internet.
  • Reflect on gratitude.

Once a week, participants rate themselves on a scale from one to 10 on whether they achieved the goals. At the end of the challenge, the interactive tracking log calculates the sum of a participant’s ratings and also takes into account starting and ending weight. Participants will earn bronze, silver or gold status.

Every person has different motivating factors to maintain, or lose, weight during the holidays — whether it’s more energy, sleeping better, playing with the kids longer or even opening presents faster. What’s your reason? Whatever it is, Healthy Mesa County can help.

Worksite wellness is a key component to happy, healthy employees. And happy, healthy employees help the bottom line because byproducts of a healthy work force include reduced absenteeism, turnover and health care costs along with improved productivity. Given the rising costs of health care, creating a culture of wellness is a smart business move.

In 2015, consider providing support for your employees to make manageable lifestyle changes to reduce their risk to such chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

The Healthy Mesa County worksite wellness program offers businesses health risk assessments, challenges and worksite wellness support. A health risk assessment offers a person a snapshot of his or her health using a biometric screening and health assessment questionnaire.

In 2015, Healthy Mesa County will sponsor four worksite wellness challenges focusing on physical activity, nutrition, stress management and mental strength. Of course, any challenge can be modified to fit employee needs. Worksite wellness support also is offered through quarterly meetings, educational materials and help in connecting employees to available resources.

For additional information, contact the Healthy Mesa County Worksite Wellness team at 683-6655 or healthymesacounty@mesacounty.us or log on to the Web site at www.healthymesacounty.org.