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Quiz – Are you ready for the holidays?

A study suggests that Americans probably gain only about a pound during the winter holiday season– but this extra weight accumulates
through the years and may be a major contributor to obesity later in life.
This finding runs contrary to the popular belief that most people gain from 5 to 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.
This is the conclusion reached by researchers at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Institute of
Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases.

Here is a fun quiz you can take to see how much you know about avoiding weight gain during the holidays.

1. How many excess calories does it
take to gain one pound
a) 1500
b) 2500
c) 3500
d) 4500

2. Skipping meals is a good idea to
conserve calories.
a) true
b) false

3. How many grams of fat will you
avoid eating by removing the
skin from a 3-ounce serving of
turkey breast?
a) 1
b) 4
c) 6.6

4. What does a 3-ounce portion of
turkey look like in relation to
a) deck of cards
b) one set of dice
c) man’s shoe

5. These holiday treats are fun to
bake, but can really add up in
calories because it is hard to eat
just one (fill in the blank).

6. According to the American Institute
for Cancer Research, you
should fill up about 2/3 of your
plate with:
a) plan t foods such
whole grains, beans, vege-
tables and fruits
b) lean meat or fish
c) dessert

7. Eating plenty of (fill in the
blanks) _____ and _________ will
help you eat less fat and more
fiber. You will feel fuller on fewer

8. According to the National
Weight Control Registry, people
who lost 30 pounds or more and
kept it off for at least a year did
one of the following on a regular
a) Exercised
b) Watched TV
c) Followed fad diets

1. c, 2. b (skipping meals will lead to
over-eating), 3. c, 4. a, 5. cookies, 6.
a, 7. fruits and vegetables, 8. a.

Holiday Activities

Activity                                                                                                                                                       Calories Burned
Standing in line to see Santa                                                                                                                  85
Wrapping gifts/writing Christmas cards                                                                                             150
Building a snowman                                                                                                                                160
Dressing for a party (from shower to shoes)                                                                                      160
Trimming the Christmas tree                                                                                                                160
Preparing a Christmas meal                                                                                                                  170
Christmas shopping                                                                                                                                175
Christmas caroling                                                                                                                                  180
Cleaning house (dusting, vacuuming, mopping)                                                                              180
Putting up outdoor lights                                                                                                                       215
Grocery shopping                                                                                                                                    240
Dancing at a party                                                                                                                                   270
Carrying groceries upstairs                                                                                                                   545

*Calorie estimates are based on one hour of total activity for a 150 lb woman.
Submitted by Neva Cochran, MS, RD

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Cathy Bowers, RD




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