Save the date for ‘Step Up & Scale Down’

By Tanya Davis | Published Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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This is the time of year when everyone seems to be saying to themselves “as soon as I get through the holidays, I am going to start eating better and exercising.”

I encourage you to go ahead and commit to that New Year’s resolution of a healthy lifestyle, by contacting the Wise County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Just after the New Year, we are launching Step Up & Scale Down, a new 12-week weight management program to help Wise County residents in their efforts.

The series will kick off Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the Wise County Extension office. Classes will be held noon to 1 p.m. for 12 consecutive Tuesdays. “Step Up & Scale Down” is a great program to do with a friend or family member. It is always easier to reach your goals when you have additional support.

The program will consist of weekly lessons to help participants move toward a healthier weight and will include a weekly weight check-in, weekly challenge to “stay the course,” Dinner Tonight! healthy recipes and tips, exercise resources, and a weight-loss planner.

The “Step Up & Scale Down” program is based on the USDA 2010 Guidelines, which is intended to help Americans choose a healthful eating plan. Step Up & Scale Down is a researched based program that has proven success in weight management and building healthy lifestyle habits.

Cost for the 12-week program is $25, which includes all course materials. Pre-registration is available until Jan. 4 by contacting the Extension office at (940) 627-3341 or ttdavis@ag.tamu.edu.

Educational programs of Texas AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age or national origin.

Tanya Davis is a County Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences.

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