Did you know many Americans gain between one and five pounds each holiday season? That doesn’t sound like much, but most people never manage to lose those extra pounds. However, you can do something to enjoy holiday festivities without the weight gain.

I am inviting you to join the 12th annual Eat Smart, Move More, Maintain, don’t gain! Holiday Challenge. The free, seven-week challenge provides you with resources and a community of support to help maintain your weight from now until New Year’s Day. You will receive weekly tips, great recipes, and an opportunity to share your successes and challenges through social media.

Last year’s Holiday Challenge was the biggest and best ever. Here in Arizona, 423 people participated, and this year we are aiming for more than 500 people to take advantage of the Holiday Challenge. For employers, there is a new low-cost option that provides resources for promoting the challenge as part of worksite wellness efforts, customized reports, and more.

While the challenge is already in week three, it’s never too late to join. Registration does not close, and you may sign up at any time. Go to esmmweighless.com and click Holiday Challenge to register.