Maintain, Don’t Gain Holiday Challenge

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Program starts November 13, 2017!

Wellness Options at Work is offering an 8-week program designed to encourage you to maintain your weight during the holidays by making healthy choices for proper nutrition, physical activity and emotional health.

Maintain, Don’t Gain Brochure (pdf)

*Interactive, Online Tracker (pdf)
*To use tracker on your computer, save to your computer first and then start tracking. Save after each entry.

This holiday season, take on the challenge by practicing 5 healthy habit goals: 

  1. Be active daily. Aim for a minimum of 30 minutes or walk 10,000 steps.
  2. Pick 1-2. Include 1-2 vegetables or fruits with each meal.
  3. Limit sweets. Enjoy one serving (or fewer) each day.
  4. & 5. Create your own personal goals

Wellness Options at Work has offered this program for eleven years, and in the 2016 program 58% of participants maintained their starting weight, while 36% actually lost weight! 

If you commit to this, you will succeed!

Weekly Topics



  1. Marvel says:

    Week 1 – Semi-successful! M-F was great. Stayed under my calorie goals, drank 64 oz of water each day, increased my activity level. Great way to get started. Weekend was a challenge not being in a routine and less structure. Guess I’ll have to work on that. Any ideas on weekend ideas would be welcomed!

    • Wellness says:

      The weekends definitely are tough, we would agree. Try creating a schedule or routine for your weekends. Schedule your time to exercise on your calendar, track your water intake by keeping a stack of 8 pennies and remove one once you had an 8oz glass of water, and create a log of your food intake. These tips will allow you to hold yourself accountable and help you to maintain your goal over the weekends.

  2. Crystal Fox says:

    Do I weigh in at the clinic or is this just self monitored?

  3. wellness says:

    For all of you who are looking for MDG materials. Please do not forget you are able to download the tracker form and use it electronically :)Fliers and forms can be found at the top of this page.

  4. Denise Grossman says:

    Unfortunately I am unable to attend a kick off rally. Is there another way I can get the materials? Please let me know. Thanks so much!

  5. Dawn Wood says:

    could you send out a couple of fliers and logs to 350-int med also?

  6. Sue Pasewald says:

    work in Beaver dam. Any thing for us here? thanks sue

  7. megan says:

    I also cannot attend any of the kick off meetings. Can this be sent to my mailcode?

  8. Gena says:

    Is there any way that UW Health can coordinate exercsie programs closer to our clinic in Beaver Dam? Otherwise we would have to drive 45 minutes to the nearest one. There is a high demand for this with our coworkers. This would be an awesome way to stay on track with maintaining and not gaining during the holidays without be discouraged to drive so far!

  9. Kat Bacians says:

    Would you be able to send about 10 fliers to the Wingra clinic? Thank you

  10. Linda Saunders says:

    Is there a way to download the fillable PDF or do we have to print it out and fill it manually?

    • wellness says:

      Hi Linda,

      If you click on the Maintain, Don’t Gain Tracker link at the top of the page, you are able to download that file by right clicking anywhere on the document and hit ‘Save As’

  11. Katie Jungers says:

    I am not able to attend any of the kick off meetings. Can this be sent to my mailcode?

  12. Marnie says:

    Is there a way that us at outlying clinics can have any extra kick-off gadgets or information sent to us? Thank you so much.

    • Wellness says:

      Hi Marnie,
      Absolutely. We would be more than happy to send logs/fliers out to your clinic. Just email us with the number of each needed.

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