Save the date for ‘Step Up and Scale Down’

By Tanya Davis | Published Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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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 our 2nd annual “Step Up & Scale Down,” a 12-week weight management program to help Wise County residents in their efforts

The series will kick off Tuesday, Jan. 7 at the Decatur City Hall meeting room. Classes will be held from 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.

JRob’s Sports and Fitness will team up with us for the class series by offering workout tips and strategies for success.

The “Step Up & Scale Down” program is based on the USDA 2010 Guidelines, which is intended to help Americans choose a healthful eating plan. The research-based program has proven successful 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. 3 by contacting the Extension office at 940-627-3341 or ttdavis@ag.tamu.edu. Extension programs are open to everyone.

Tanya Davis is a Wise County Extension agent.

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