Public Health’s Not A Single Pound (NASP) challenge is a friendly county-wide effort to help groups and organizations encourage their employees not to gain weight. The general public is also encouraged to participate on their own and see if they can maintain their current weight during this festive holiday season. Visit: http://www.phdmc.org/nasp
The goal is for all participants to maintain their body weight (or lose weight if desired) during the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
As we all know, it is very difficult to maintain our weight over the holidays. In fact, most people gain 1-2 pounds each year from Thanksgiving through New Year’s. Unfortunately, it is not a temporary weight gain because most people never lose that weight. That seemingly small 1-2 pound weight gain each year really adds up over time…to the tune of 10-20 pounds over a ten year period. Over the course of our lifetime it becomes a significant weight increase!
Maintaining a Healthy Weight
So what’s the big deal with carrying around extra weight? Well, being overweight or obese places us at increased risk for a host of health problems, most notably heart disease, certain cancers, stroke, diabetes, breathing problems, sleep apnea, and osteoarthritis.
In Montgomery County almost 38% of adults are overweight and another 30% are obese. Almost 25% of Montgomery County children between the ages of 2-14 are obese. Interestingly, the leading causes of death in Montgomery County include heart disease, cancers, stroke, and diabetes. That’s not by coincidence. It is clear that as a community, we need to eat healthier food and become more physically active!
Join the Fun!
Public Health’s NASP challenge is really simple and is open to everyone.
- The challenge officially begins on November 15, 2012 and ends on January 15, 2013.
- All participants should record their body weight at the start and end of the challenge.
- For the general public, the challenge operates according to the honor system.
- Weekly motivational tips will be posted on the Public Health website (www.phdmc.org).