Lauren Patterson


The average person puts on some extra pounds in the weeks between the Thanksgiving holiday and the New Year, and if you had already been trying to shed a few pounds, putting on that holiday weight can really give you the blues.

Take heart. Adding pounds during the holidays is not inevitable. You can enjoy your holiday meals and still face that scale with pride by the New Year. One way you can do that is by moving your resolution date up two months and making a November Resolution to “Maintain, Don’t Gain” this holiday season.

Consider these resolutions:

  • Make physical activity a part of your daily life. A major contributor to weight gain during holidays is sedentary living. Holiday schedules are tight and exercise schedules are often sacrificed to make time. Don’t make that trade-off this year and pledge to keep moving.
  • Prioritize healthy living. Dietitians agree that the best way to manage weight is to modify eating habits in such a way that you never feel deprived. Practice moderation, variety and balance.
  • Resolve to maintain and don’t gain, so you’ll have no regrets come Jan.1. Plus, maintaining a stable healthy weight has many health benefits including managing and preventing type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.

If you’re ready to take the Maintain, Don’t Gain pledge, register for the free Maintain, Don’t Gain Healthy Holiday Challenge now through Nov. 13 at

Join me and UT Extension as we embark on a healthy holiday journey, the Maintain, Don’t Gain Healthy Holiday Challenge. The challenge lasts seven weeks. It begins the Sunday before Thanksgiving (Nov. 22) and runs through Jan.10. The free challenge offers tips about how you can prevent weight gain and stay fit during the busy holiday season.

What is included in the Maintain, Don’t Gain Healthy Holiday Challenge?


  • Weekly email newsletter with challenges,healthy holiday recipes, fun fitness ideas, family activities, nutrition information and holly jolly savings tips
  • Support through social media in a private Facebook community
  • Free Exercise Opportunities at participating fitness facilities through Jan.10
  • Prizes

At the end of the seven-weeks, you will be asked to complete a short survey. You don’t reveal your weight, just whether you maintained – gained or lost.

UT Extension provides a gateway to the University of Tennessee as the outreach unit of the Institute of Agriculture. With an office in every Tennessee county, UT Extension delivers educational programs and research-based information to citizens throughout the state and provides equal opportunities in all programming and employment. In cooperation with Tennessee State University, UT Extension works with farmers, families, youth and communities to improve lives by addressing problems and issues at the local, state and national levels.

For more information on this challenge, contact Lauren Patterson, family and consumer sciences Extension agent for UT Extension in Robertson County. Patterson may be reached at or615-384-7936.


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