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  • Summer Slim Down Contest

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    Program:

    The Summer SlimDown Contest

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    Description:

    This 10-week program will motivate you to shed those extra pounds by teaming up with (or against) your co-workers to lose weight during the summer months.

    You may weigh-in at home or at a work-site near you.
               
    A note about confidentiality: The weigh-in, weight check and weigh-out will be conducted by a trained host/co-host and your information will be kept completely confidential.
    Who can participate? All Pima County employees
    Delivery: On-site or at home weigh-in, weight check (optional) and weigh-out.
    Duration: 10-weeks
    Begins Mon. June 19, 2017
    How to get started:

    Complete the Registration Form to get started.

    If you would like to host a weigh-in event at your worksite, please complete the online host registration form.

    Incentive:

    Healthy Lifestyle Activity Points are based on your total weight-loss:

    • Maintain within 2 lbs. of initial weight and already be within a healthy BMI or BF% (See BMI & BF% Chart): 20 HLAP's
    • Lose 2 - 4.9% of initial weight: 25 HLAP's
    • Lose 5% or greater of initial weight: 30 HLAP's

    All participants who lose or maintain their initial weight will be entered into a Grand Prize drawing for one of twenty $100 Corporate Reward gift cards*.

    All participants who weigh-in will be entered into a drawing for amazing prizes (see Incentive Flyer).

    *All gift cards are subject to tax.

     Resources:

    Challenge Guidelines

    Completion of this program is determined by your total percent of weight loss. This is a fairer comparison than total pounds lost since heavier persons can safely lose weight more rapidly. A healthy rate of weight loss is one percent of beginning weight per week. So, a person weighing 280 pounds can lose 2-3 pounds per week while a person weighing 180 pounds would be expected to lose no more than 1-2 pounds per week.% of weight loss calculation: 
    • beginning weight – ending weight = pounds lost
    • (pounds lost ÷ beginning weight) x 100 = percent weight lost

    Weight Loss/Maintenance Challenge Guidelines

    Weight loss should be the result of healthier eating and exercise habits. Participants are on the honor system and should participate in a healthy and fair manner. Prohibited:
    • Diet pills (herbal or prescription appetite suppressants, metabolism enhancers, etc.)
    • Water pills (diuretics) unless prescribed for a medical condition such as high blood pressure.
    • Laxatives and colonics.
    Tip 1:  Assessing Weight

    Week 1

    Don't forget to Weigh-in before you begin.

    Weight control is all about creating a lean lifestyle that you can live with forever. Check your inbox every week for ideas on small changes that can add up to big calorie savings and healthy weight loss. A high amount of body fat can lead to weight-related diseases and other health issues and being underweight can also put one at risk for health issues. Body Mass Index (BMI) and waist circumference are two measures that can be used as screening tools to estimate weight status in relation to potential disease risk.

    Tip #2:  Fitness Motivation

    Week 2

    Starting a fitness routine is arguably the hardest part of getting fit. It is unrealistic to expect that completely changing your lifestyle is something you can do overnight, the secret to motivating yourself to start working out is by making small adjustments that have big results. Making drastic changes can be overwhelming and make you less likely to stay committed. Using a combination of some or all of these tips is sure to get you motivated.
    Tip #3:  Wise Dining

    Week 3

    Dining out often means consuming large portions of high-calorie foods, which doesn’t help when you’re trying to lose weight. But, don’t fret! You can dine out and still lose weight – you just have to be wise and make smart choices. Try these 10 tips for success.
    Tip #4:  Right Amount

    Week 4

    Physical activity is anything that gets your body moving. According to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, you need to do two types of physical activity each week to improve your health–aerobic and muscle-strengthening.

    Tip #5:  Half Way Check

    Week 5

    Don't forget to complete the optional weight check this week.

    Congratulations! You are at the halfway point through the contest and hopefully on the right track to meeting your initial goal.  Did you know it takes about a month to make a good habit stick? Studies show that although you may fall off the wagon now and then, it doesn’t eliminate the hard work you’ve put into the process; so don’t get discouraged if your track record isn’t quite perfect. Take a few moments to acknowledge some of the great things you’ve done so far during this program.
    Tip #6:  Exercise in Heat

    Week 6

    Summer can be a good time to go outside, have fun and exercise, but the summer heat can be a problem if you're not careful, particularly in areas with extreme heat.
    Tip #7: Drink More Water

    Week 7

    Drink 8 -10 (8 oz) cups of water, and mainly water, every day. Cut out all of those sugary soft drinks and juices and load up on water. Not only will you save money, cute a large amount of unnecessary sugar from you diet and facilitate fat metabolism, you will end up eating less because water fills you up. Also, since we live a hot climate, the extra water intake will help you stay safe during summer workouts.

    Tip #8: Exercise Wake Up

    Week 8

    Before you hit the snooze button again or start your morning routine, try squeezing in a few morning exercises. Try these quick at-home exercises that use your own body weight. Remember, every movement counts!

    Tip #9:  Mindful Eating

    Week 9

    It’s never too late to begin making changes in your relationship with food.

    What is Mindful eating? It’s being conscious or aware of what you are doing and feeling. When it comes to food, mindfulness is noticing the taste, scents and textures of your meal and being in touch with your hunger. Mindful eating values the food quality, not quantity.

    Tip #10: Assessing Your Success

    Week 10

    Don't forget to weigh-out this week!

    Congratulations on reaching the end of the contest! Hopefully you’ve made some successful changes to your daily routine to encourage a healthier lifestyle. The good news is that no matter what your goal weight was, even a modest weight loss of 2 percent of your total body weight is likely to produce health benefits. Check out Tip #10 for some of the benefits your body may experience from your success.

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