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Healthy Strategies for Surviving the Holidays

November 5, 2013

HealthyStrategies_imageOn average, every holiday season, adults gain five pounds. As a result, some look at the holiday season with great anticipation and dread. There are plenty of ways to avoid the negative health consequences that we associate with holiday meals and parties. Learn the strategies nutritionists use to enjoy themselves during the festivities without putting on excess weight. These include techniques like behavior modification and tricking the body into thinking it is not hungry. Attend this seminar/webinar to learn how to enjoy a holiday cocktail party without loading up on appetizers or desserts. You will gain some healthy holiday cooking tips as well.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 6
    Bethesda Bus Depot
    10901 Westlake Dr., Rockville
    10–11 a.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 14
    Carver Educational Services Center Cafeteria
    850 Hungerford Dr., Rockville
    4:30–5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 19
    4–5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 20
    West Farm Bus Depot
    11920 Bournefield Way, Silver Spring
    10–11 a.m.

Register for the seminar and/or webinar by emailing Well Aware  with the date and time you plan to attend. If you register for the webinar, you will be sent a link to it as well as an Outlook calendar reminder.

EAP Holds Workshop on Balancing Sorrow and Celebration

The MCPS Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is holding a workshop on Grieving Through The Holidays: Balancing Sorrow and Celebration from noon–1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19. The workshop will be held in the first floor Aspen Room at 45 W. Gude Dr. in Rockville. An RSVP is required. Register by contacting the EAP at 240-314-1040 or by email. The event is being presented by Montgomery Hospice Bereavement Care.

Move, Lose or Maintain With Just 10 Challenge


This fall, more than 500 new participants have joined the latest fitness challenge from Well Aware, the MCPS employee wellness program. If you are not one of them, you can still register for the Just 10 Challenge.

Just 10 calls on employees to move, lose or maintain in a 10-week incentive challenge. The challenge officially kicked off on Oct. 7. So far, 18 employees have been chosen randomly to receive a $50 gift card by logging their cardiovascular activity and mileage on the online Well Aware Fitness Log. In addition, their schools, depots or offices have received a $250 grant for physical education equipment or to promote wellness.

With Just 10, you can participate as an individual or as a team. Either way, you will have the chance to win fun prizes and be recognized for your efforts.

All of the teams are competing for bragging rights and for the prestigious Golden Sneaker trophy. This coveted award will go to the team with the most minutes of activity per member per day of the challenge. The top teams are averaging more than 60 minutes per day!

Register now on the Well Aware Fitness Log.

For more information on the Just 10 Challenge, including dates, rules and prizes, visit the Well Aware website and the Just 10 web page.

Check Out the November Wellness Newsletter

In this month’s Well Aware e-News, meet this month’s wellness champion, a winner of the Golden Sneaker Award in last school year’s Million Mile Challenge. Also, pick up strategies for avoiding excess weight during the holidays; make an area in your school or office a sweet-free zone; move, lose or maintain with Just 10, and determine your risk for diabetes.

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