Anyone want to join my team???
Welcome to the 2008 ALL YOU Reality Checked Diet: Get Healthy! Team Diet & Fitness Challenge. Studies show that health and weight-loss programs that use the buddy system can be more successful, so gather up a team of your family, friends or coworkers. By following the week-by-week program—with its practical tips and easy-to-follow, delicious recipes—you and your team can achieve maximum results and reach your goals, and everyone will be healthier as a result.
You could win a trip to NYC!
The team that makes the most healthful changes and achieves the most inspirational results—such as weight loss, better sleep or increased energy—will win a trip to New York City! The winning team's success story will be featured in the January 2009 issue of ALL YOU.
When you finish the 12-week program, each person from your team will e-mail us a brief description of his or her changes and results firstname.lastname@example.org
. E-mails are due by 11:59 p.m. EDT on August 27, 2008.
Here's what you can expect from our 12-week program:
Week 1: Create your team
Week 2: Enjoy more fruits and vegetables
Week 3: Add in whole grains
Week 4: Prepare meatless meals
Week 5: Focus on healthy fats
Week 6: Find more time for fitness
Week 7: Eat healthier when dining out
Week 8: Swap in better snacks
Week 9: Drink up! Strategies for staying hydrated
Week 10: Turn off the TV
Week 11: Practice portion control
Week 12: Take the final challenge
Ready, set, go TEAM!
Week 1: Create your team
The first step is to gather your teammates. Your team can be as few as 2 people or as many as 6 (everyone must be 18 or older and sign up for the diet individually). Your teammates can be friends, family members, coworkers, church members—whoever will best stick to the plan with you and help you reach your goals. For the next 12 weeks, you and your buddies will follow our easy, fun plan to get you looking and feeling your best.
Once you've gathered your team, schedule one day each week when you'll spend at least 30 minutes being active together. Every week you can all look forward to getting healthier and bonding. Start this week!
Here's a list of activities your team could enjoy. Remember, your weekly activity should last at least 30 minutes: • Tennis, racquetball, badminton—even table tennis
• Bike riding
• Hitting the batting cage
• Working out with a personal trainer (split the cost!)
• Dancing or taking a dance class
• Miniature golf
• Roller skating
• Playing catch or Frisbee