Photos: Make Lasting New Year's Resolutions with the Meals Matter Nutrition and Fitness Challenge

Thursday, December 18, 2008 General News J E 4
Free Online Tools, Expert Advice and Social Networks Offer Ongoing Support

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- If you've been eating more heartily than healthfully this holiday season, make your New Year's resolution to renew your healthy lifestyle routine with the Meals Matter Nutrition and Fitness Challenge.

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Holiday festivities often disrupt healthy lifestyle routines. Physical activity may decrease as you sacrifice gym time for holiday shopping and gatherings. Additionally, busier schedules can lead to eating out and situations where holiday fare may take the place of regular well-balanced meals.

"Holiday festivities cause most Americans to add a pound or two of holiday weight gain each year," said Andrea Garen, M.A., R.D., project manager at Dairy Council of California, sponsor of Meals Matter. "Despite well-intentioned New Year's resolutions, holiday weight gain can contribute significantly to the total weight gained in adulthood."

Designed by registered dietitians, the Meals Matter Nutrition and Fitness Challenge, which starts Jan. 6, helps you reduce holiday weight gain and renew your healthy lifestyle routine with expert guidance on nutrition, fitness and meal planning. Participants in the three-week Nutrition and Fitness Challenge will

"While the Challenge begins Jan. 6, you can start planning your healthy lifestyle routine today," said Garen. "We've established social networking pages for Challenge participants on Facebook, Twitter, LiveJournal and LinkedIn to help you connect with friends, family and other participants for social support before, during and after the three-week Challenge."

Register for the free Meals Matter Nutrition and Fitness Challenge today and begin any time between Jan. 6 and Jan. 13, 2009. Complete each aspect of the three-week Challenge by Feb. 1 to be entered into a drawing from which 10 lucky winners each receive a $100 grocery gift card.

Through a variety of nutrition education programs, Dairy Council of California promotes healthy choices from all the food groups and regular physical activity as the foundation for optimal health. Healthy Eating Made Easier.(R)

-- Learn their body-mass index and calorie needs -- Assess their current activity level with online tools -- Enjoy daily blog posts and expert tips each week -- Find out their food personality -- Track their progress and make adjustments using food and activity logs -- Enjoy Meals Matter featured recipes, online tools - and more!

SOURCE Dairy Council of California


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