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‘Maintain, Don’t Gain’ helping keep Huntsville healthy through the holidays

Published on November 12, 2021

woman weighs on scale with holiday decor

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, many people are already thinking about their favorite seasonal dishes. To help promote a healthier holiday season, the City of Huntsville and Huntsville Hospital are partnering up for the seventh annual “Maintain, Don’t Gain” challenge.

The six-week weight maintenance program kicks off Monday, Nov. 15, as part of the City’s Healthy Huntsville initiative to help educate citizens on wellness and good physical health.

“Working with our local health organizations, such as Huntsville Hospital, allows us to have the biggest impact in the fight against obesity,” Mayor Tommy Battle said. “Everyone can use a little help from time to time. That’s definitely true when it comes to our weight and fitness goals.”

Throughout the program, Healthy Huntsville will post tips and tricks on the Healthy Huntsville Facebook page to encourage participants to think about diet and exercise through the holidays.

In 2019, nearly 1,000 people joined the “Maintain, Don’t Gain” challenge, weighing in at one of several City recreation centers or Huntsville Hospital Wellness Centers. For those who completed the six-week plan, 54% maintained or lost weight.

“We are pleased to work with Mayor Battle and the City of Huntsville in this effort to promote wellness and better health for the residents of our community,” Huntsville Hospital Health System CEO Jeff Samz said.

From Nov. 15-21, participants can sign up and weigh in at one of several “Maintain, Don’t Gain” registration sites. Participants will weigh out at the same location the week of Jan. 3, 2022. Those who weigh in and out will receive a participation prize.

Participating locations:

  • Brahan Spring Rec Center: 3770 Ivy Ave.
  • Fern Bell Rec Center: 107-A Sanders Road
  • Optimist Rec Center: 703 Oakwood Ave.
  • Showers Rec Center: 4600 Blue Spring Road
  • Johnson Legacy Center: 6000 Cecil Fain Drive NW
  • Jones Valley Wellness Center: 1345 4 Mile Post Road
  • Madison Hospital Wellness Center: 8391 US-72
  • Medical Mall Wellness Center: 1963 South Memorial Parkway

For more information, please contact Healthy Huntsville Coordinator Kevin Ready at 256-929-2622 or kevin.ready@huntsvilleal.gov. Participants can also contact Huntsville Hospital “Maintain, Don’t Gain” Coordinator Rachel Murie at 256-265-0066 or rachel.murie@hhsys.org for additional details.