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AI- 3740   4. A. 4.    
Commissioners Court - Regular
Meeting Date: 09/19/2012  
Maintain No Gain Program
Submitted By: Tyner Little, Commissioners Court Admin
Department: Commissioners Court Admin  


Discuss and consider authorizing the Nueces County Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences, to offer the "Maintain No Gain Program" to Nueces County Employees during the 2012 Holiday Season.

The purpose of the program is to encourage participants to gain no more than two pounds during the holiday season, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. According to the ‘Maintain No Gain’ resource guide, “The six-week program will serve as a guide to control holiday weight gain and encourage a healthy lifestyle that will help individuals decrease their risk factors for cardiovascular disease and stroke.” Maintain No Gain was implemented in Nueces County in 2008 and continued through the 2009 holiday season.
The Extension Agent is requesting permission to offer the Maintain No Gain six-week program to all employees during the 2012 holiday season. The program will be promoted through the employee Lunch-and-Learn Wellness Program. Motivation for participants to maintain their weight within 2 pounds is provided by a weekly weigh-in and by documenting weekly exercise and fruit and vegetable consumption. Employees will be provided weekly educational handouts with recipe ideas and/or nutrition displays. In addition, participants will receive weekly emails with educational messages and tips to help them achieve success. The Extension Agent will receive support from Wesley Nurse Health Ministries and local registered nurses. Participants will be provided incentives, if funding is secured. In 2009, 93 employees participated and 45 completed the Maintain No Gain program. Weight evaluation results are based on those people who returned weight data and completed the seven-week program. Of the 45 employees, 43 maintained their weight and 30 lost weight, at an average of 4 pounds.

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