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How do you spend time with your friends and family over the holidays?

As part of Health Advocate’s Maintain, Don’t Gain campaign, many of our members are aiming to maintain healthy habits–like maintaining weight, eating right, exercising, and reducing stress–leading up to, and lasting throughout, the holidays.

One of the best parts of the holidays is getting to see the people you care about. We asked some of our members who are participating in the Maintain, Don’t Gain campaign how they enjoy spending time with friends and family around the holidays. Here are a few of our favorite responses:

“Go for walks after a great dinner or go shopping and get some much needed exercise.” –Roger

“We love to play games. I’ve made some healthy changes already, like not having chips & dip readily available while playing, and having a veggie tray instead. This year I will encourage going for a hike through the woods again. We did that as a family last year, and had a blast hiking through the deep snow!” –Rhonda

“I like to bike ride with family over the holidays since the weather is cooler.” –Susan

“We went ice skating at our local park with the grandkids over the weekend. And my husband and I try to take a walk when the weather allows.” –Donna

“My favorite way to spend time with friends and family is playing football outside on Christmas!” –Kristina

“As a family, we participate in the Santa run held in our area.  You can’t predict the weather, but you can predict we will all have a great time!” –Leticia

“My favorite way to spend time is with family is cooking for them. I love to entertain groups and have my house full of people I love.” –Stacey

“My favorite way to spend time with friends and family during the holidays is by staying active together, like going for walks, going to the gym, running, or going to the beach together.” –Alison

“During the holidays I spend time with family and friends by walking our pet dog together while looking at all of the beautiful holiday decorations outside. If it is rainy or icy, we go to the local high school and walk the indoor track instead.”  –Terry

Are you looking to maintain your health during the holidays, too? Tweet us @HealthAdvocate and tell us your favorite ways to spend time with family and friends over the holidays!

For Health Advocate members with access to our Wellness Program:

It’s not too late to join our Maintain, Don’t Gain campaign for 2014! Simply log in to your Health Advocate Wellness website and opt-in to the Maintain, Don’t Gain campaign (depending on your particular program/website, you can register either by clicking the Maintain, Don’t Gain banner on the top of the page, or by clicking “My Account”). During the campaign, you will receive valuable tips via email and/or text messaging that can help you stay healthy throughout the holidays.

Additionally, if you have access to a Health Advocate Wellness Coach through our wellness program, you can connect with a coach who can help motivate and guide you to make healthy lifestyle choices. Call us today to get started!