Maintain Don’t Gain

by Nov 13, 2020Health, Nonprofits, South Brunswick

N.C. Cooperation Extension’s statewide and local programs can help prevent holiday weight gain.

Many Americans gain between one and five pounds each year between Thanksgiving and the New Year. While this might not sound like much, weight gained during the holidays accounts for 51% of people’s weight gain for the whole year. The problem is that most people never manage to lose those extra pounds, and year after year it adds up.

North Carolina State University and N.C. Cooperative Extension are offering some help to prevent this annual problem. Their 14th annual Eat Smart, Move More, Maintain … Don’t Gain! Holiday Challenge is a free, seven-week challenge that provides you with strategies and resources to maintain your weight throughout the holiday season. The Holiday Challenge starts November 16 and runs through December 31.

The entire program is virtual and you can participate on your computer, tablet or cell phone. For details on the Holiday Challenge registration go to:

New this year, the Brunswick County Center of N.C. Cooperative Extension is offering local components to this statewide program. In addition to the online program through email, there will weekly Holiday Challenge Lunch-and-Learn sessions with local speakers add a chance to win prizes. Virtual Lunch-and-Learn sessions will be held each Tuesday at noon by Zoom.

Holiday Challenge NC Cooperative Extension

These local sessions are:

November 17- Mindfulness During the Holidays
November 24 – Holiday Food Safety
December 1 – Local Foods
December 8 – Reading the Nutrition Facts Label
December 15 – The Importance of Exercise
December 22 – Tips to Reduce Holiday Stress
December 29 – Eating for Better Health

The only way you can have access to these special Brunswick County sessions is to sign up through the Brunswick County Center of the N.C. Cooperative Extension. You can do this on the Brunswick County Center’s webpage (, Facebook page or by contacting Meghan Lassiter at Brunswick County Center of N.C. Cooperative Extension.

In addition, the program features weekly newsletters, healthy holiday recipes, quick daily tips and weekly challenges. These will be delivered to your email inbox. There are also downloadable tools you can use such as weight logs and food and activity journals. Support is also offered through social media. Participants can share through a private Facebook Community. There will be recipes and tips on Pinterest. Holiday Challenge tips and updates can also be found on Twitter and Instagram. The entire program is free of charge. Participate as little or as much as you would like. Evaluations from past years have shown that the more ways people participate, the more likely they are to maintain or lose weight.

Are you up to the challenge?

Contact Meghan Lassiter at or (910) 253-2610 or visit

The Holiday Challenge is provided by Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less and Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes. Both programs are developed and managed by N.C. State University and the N.C. Division of Public Health.