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Freeze holiday weight gain with AFMC program

Posted 10/18/2011   Updated 10/18/2011 Email story   Print story


10/18/2011 - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Looking for a way to maintain your weight and heart health during the hustle and bustle of the upcoming holiday season? Then don't miss the opportunity to enroll in the Air Force Materiel Command Freeze the Gain Holiday Challenge. Online enrollment at www.afmcwellness.com is open from now through Nov. 11.

Freeze the Gain is a holiday weight maintenance program that aims for participants to maintain -- not gain -- weight during the 10-week period of the challenge, which runs from Nov. 14, 2011, through Jan. 3, 2012.

Participants who weigh-out, gaining no more than two pounds of their starting weight, will receive a completion award. A food and activity log book will be distributed to participants at the official weigh-in to help with tracking, and aid in maintaining your weight.

A study at the National Institutes of Health found that most weight is gained during the six-week interval between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Although the weight gain during this time may seem lower than expected, it was also determined that the same gained weight is not lost in the following spring or summer months.

Each participant will need to enroll online, complete an official weigh-in, attend two Freeze the Gain official classes -- Stress Management and Lose Your Excuse, and finally weigh-out.

To enter, FTG participants must be enrolled online at the Wellness Support Center at www.afmcwellness.com. Online enrollment is open from Oct. 11 through Nov. 11. Official weigh-ins take place Nov. 2 through Nov. 11.

Steps to complete online enrollment
In addition to the official weigh-in, participants must enroll online to take part in Freeze the Gain. Weigh-in information cannot be entered until you have completed online enrollment. If you don't already have access to the Wellness Support Center at www.afmcwellness.com, you must take the Health Risk Appraisal, or HRA. Completing the HRA is not required for active-duty participants. Note that completing the HRA does not enroll you in the Freeze the Gain holiday challenge.

The below steps will guide you through the FTG registration process:

First select your status from the below options --
- First-time visitors to the Wellness Support Center website who do not have an account, begin at Step 1 below;
- Civilians with an existing Wellness Support Center account who need to re-take the HRA can log-in and begin at Step 4 below;
- Active-duty members and civilians with current completed HRAs can log in and begin at Step 5 below.

Step 1: Go to www.afmcwellness.com
Step 2: Click on the 'civilian wellness' or 'active-duty' wellness links
Step 3: Create your new account by selecting your own login ID and password
              Active-duty members can create an account and access the site without taking
              the HRA and proceed to Step 5
Step 4: Click on 'Take the assessment now' and answer all of the questions
Step 5: From the Home Page, under programs, click the 'FTG Enroll Here' link
Step 6: Click 'Yes, Enroll Here' on the bottom of the page

See a CHPS or HAWC staff member to officially weigh-in. Once the online enrollment and official weigh-in is complete, participation will be official.

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