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Plan It Forward:
Get Your Plate – and Weight – Ready
for the Holiday Season

NAP ChallengeIf you’re like many Americans, you enter the holiday season with the best of intentions to stay physically active and not eat too much. But it seems that everywhere you turn you see treats, sweets and too much food - and not enough time to exercise.

This year, lose – not gain – weight throughout the food-centered holiday season from Halloween through New Years. Our New American Plate Challenge: 12 Weeks to a Healthier You gives you weekly recipes, steps, tools and tips to help you do just that.

We’ve just launched our second NAP Challenge to help you get a head start on the holidays. Each week for the next twelve weeks, you’ll take on a new challenge to adopt a new healthy eating habit or to step up and mix up your daily physical activity.

You’ll be doing double duty by taking on the weekly challenges – each step helps you reduce your cancer risk and inches you toward a healthier weight and waist for an overall healthier life. Make a more colorful plate, right-size your portions and sneak in more movement every day.

Here’s what you can expect

  • October
    The stores are already stocked with Halloween candy and if you buy it now, will it really end up in trick-or-treaters’ bags? This year, have a plan for a healthy home and use our three strategies to limit the Halloween horror of the candy dumping ground in the office.
  • November
    The weather can put a chill on your walking or other outdoor activity plan. With a little creativity at home and at work, your steps and activity can add up. Our challenge will give you some sneaky ideas to move more and a few videos to help you ease into fitness. And this month, your meals are going to get a lot more colorful and creative.
  • December:
    Do the season’s gatherings and celebrations mean more alcohol or rich, sugary drinks than usual? With the NAP Challenge you’ll be ready with ideas to enjoy, refresh and relax with delicious, attractive and more healthful beverages. Learn how to slow down and savor to keep your weight down – now and throughout the year – to reduce your risk for cancer and other chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes.

Sign up now for the New American Plate Challenge.

Published on October 3, 2013

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