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Maintain, Don't Gain

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Most Americans gain an average of about one to two pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years Day every year. Though these may not sound like big numbers, the problem is that most people do not lose this weight after the holiday season. Over the years, this weight adds up and can become problematic. Here are some tips to help you avoid those holiday gains:

  • Skip the cookies - bring healthy items to your holiday work parties.
  • Make family traditions more about activities rather than food – play a game of family football if the weather allows or go on a walk.
  • Offer healthy items at the table like fruits and vegetables – these fiber-rich foods will help keep you full.
  • Remember that healthy items have calories too. Simply adding healthy foods to your plate will not help make your plate healthy – substitution is key.
  • Use smaller plates – research shows this trick helps you put less on your plate and allows you to stay true to portion sizes.
  • Watch the portions and avoid going back for a second or third plate.
  • Eat slowly and savor the flavor – waiting for a few minutes after you finish your plate can help make you realize that you are full.
  • Don’t skip meals during the day - this can lead to overeating later on.
  • Watch the drinks – alcoholic beverages can have as many calories as a meal, especially mixed drinks since they contain a lot of added sugar.

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140 Dameron Ave,
Knoxville, TN 37917
865-215-5000

Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

On the first Wednesday of every month (except August), all KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning for staff in-service. On these days, the main location, 140 Dameron Ave., opens at 10 a.m. The Teague, 405 Dante Rd., and West, 1028 Old Cedar Bluff, Clinics open at 10:30 a.m.

405 Dante Road
Knoxville, TN 37918
865-215-5500

Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

All KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning on the first Wednesday of every month for staff in-service. The main location, 140 Dameron Ave., opens at 10 a.m. The Teague, 405 Dante Rd., and West, 1028 Old Cedar Bluff, locations open at 10:30 a.m.

1028 Old Cedar Bluff
Knoxville, TN 37923
865-215-5950

Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

All KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning on the first Wednesday of every month for staff in-service. The main location, 140 Dameron Ave., opens at 10 a.m. The Teague, 405 Dante Rd., and West, 1028 Old Cedar Bluff, locations open at 10:30 a.m.

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