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Maintain, Don’t Gain: Faculty and Staff Shed Pounds
February 2, 2010, Volume 56, No. 20

The end of the holiday season can be a little disappointing. But for some of us in the Penn community, there’s still plenty to celebrate. Thanks to the Maintain, Don’t Gain Holiday Weight Maintenance Program, many people enjoyed the festivities of the holidays this year—and even lost weight!

Of the 132 participants who completed the Maintain, Don’t Gain Program, 93% either lost or maintained their weight during the holiday season.

Participants tracked their weight before and after the holidays, aiming to stay within two to three pounds of their initial weight. Weekly motivational e-mails also helped make it easier to avoid the tempting foods of the holiday season. As a result, 82% of participants actually lost weight, with some losing close to ten pounds.

Now in its second year, the team competition proved to be yet another success. Twenty-one teams participated, for a total weight loss of 62 pounds. For a more detailed look at this year’s teams and weight losses, visit the Maintain, Don’t Gain website at www.hr.upenn.edu/Quality/Wellness/MaintainDontGain.aspx.

—Division of Human Resources

Almanac - February 2, 2010, Volume 56, No. 20