Just in time for the celebration-filled (and food-filled!) holiday season, Hearts Beat Back: The Heart of New Ulm Project (HONU) is launching its annual "Holiday Trimmings," an eight-week program designed to help people prevent weight gain during the holiday season. The program starts Nov. 19, 2012, and ends Jan. 11, 2013.
Through the program, participants will receive helpful tips and information about setting goals, making smart food choices, getting physically active, managing stress, rewarding themselves, staying motivated, dealing with New Year's resolutions and discovering the secrets to long-term weight management. Additional resources include a tracking calendar and goal setting sheets.
Throughout the holiday season, HONU also encourages people to make SWAPs as part of the "SWAP IT to DROP IT" campaign with tips currently visible in restaurants, grocery stores and convenience stores in the community.
Rebecca Fliszar, HONU registered dietitian, said, "For example, SWAP new healthy recipes for your more traditional holiday foods to save a few calories. Our Heart of New Ulm website has more than 200 heart-healthy recipes covering everything from main entres, sides, salads and soups to desserts. Or you can come to one of our upcoming grocery store tours at either Cash Wise Foods or Hy-Vee and get helpful SWAP tips, too."
Holiday Trimmings is also designed to encourage building a social support network that can help people stay motivated in their weight management efforts. The program encourages people each week to use their own networks and tools such as Facebook and Twitter to share their goals and their progress; invite friends and family to get involved; share tips, resources and successful strategies; and help motivate each other. The Heart of New Ulm recently launched a new Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HeartOfNewUlm and is now active on Twitter (@heartofnewulm).
Online registration is available from Nov. 1 to 16, 2012. Visit www.heartsbeatback.org and click on "Holiday Trimmings" under "Get Involved" to receive program materials via e-mail. New Ulm employers may also be hosting registration events at worksites.
In-person registration events and kit pickups will be held: