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'Maintain, Don't Gain' Holiday Challenge

Dec 02, 2019 08:02PM ● By Sheila Mahan

 Florida Department of Health in Marion County is partnering with the Active Marion Project and North Carolina State University to offer a free Maintain, Don’t Gain! Holiday Challenge through December 31. It provides tips, tricks, and support to help participants maintain their weight throughout the holidays.


They get weekly newsletters, challenges and healthy holiday recipes via email, along with social media support. Employers can obtain worksite holiday challenge guides and marketing materials to encourage participation at their businesses. The challenge will focus on topics like holiday nutrition, stress management, sleep and physical activity.


Health educator Jessie Driggers says, “Fun, family, friends and get-togethers tend to also bring decadent foods, high calorie drinks and stress, so it’s not uncommon for the average person to struggle with weight maintenance and health from November to January. Many Americans gain between one to five pounds during the holiday season.”


First, visit, then register at and join Active Marion Project’s Facebook page to be eligible for prizes at For more information, call 352-644-2624.

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