A local health insurer is discussing ways to avoid overeating -- and maintaining a good weight.
For some, it may be easier said than done.
You don't have to be an athlete to keep yourself active, even in the colder months, says Carrie Meyer, executive director of the Independent Health Foundation, which focuses on community outreach.
"Just getting out and moving is what we need to be doing, and, if you're not running everyday, that's okay, but there's things you can do to make a big difference," Meyer says.
She recommends parking in a spot at the mall that would require you to walk a distance to reach the entrance. Even going sledding with your kids can be great exercise, especially walking back up a hill, Meyer adds.
But burning calories is one thing. Limiting your intake is another, she says.
It's inevitable that people will to parties, gatherings, or even out for a meal during the holiday shopping season. For those who do, Meyer recommends limiting the snacks and ordering smaller portions. She also suggests ordering vegetables on the side instead of fries, if possible.
"And look for things that are grilled ... versus breaded or deep-fried. There's small things that you can do but still enjoy going out eating," Meyer says.
And she also encourages party-goers to put down the hors d'oeuvres -- and take time to dance to burn some calories.