I've partnered with Meta, a new line of wellness products by P&G, that is on a mission to encourage Americans to begin a journey of small steps towards better health. Last month, the brand initiated a year-long wellness partnership with the City of Memphis as well as a national sweepstakes hosted on the Meta Facebook page. Memphis has ranked among the unhealthiest cities in the past few years by Newsweek and the American College of Sports Medicine. But this home of the blues and delicious BBQ is also a community determined and ripe for change, and it is starting with the idea of taking small healthy steps, what they like to call the Meta Effect.
“Memphis has seen great revitalization in recent years, but we still need to work on making better health an attainable goal for everyone,” says Mayor A C Wharton, Jr. “I believe Memphis is a city of action and I know this community will rise to the challenge."
In October, Meta hosted a kickoff event for the Memphis community that included an opportunity to meet Latreal “La” Mitchell, celebrity fitness trainer to brand spokesperson Michael Strahan, for fitness and nutrition advice as well as to join her in a fun, intense workout in a cycling studio.
When I visited Meta's Facebook page for the sweepstakes, I read many inspiring changes people were making. To enter, they had to post an answer to the question, "What's one small step you've taken to be healthier?" Some people lost a few pounds; others lost more than 100 pounds, all with practical simple steps. Taking the stairs, walking every night after dinner, portioning dinner plates with 3/4 veggies then 1/4 lean protein, drinking water or herbal tea instead of soda. I especially loved one woman's comment that she just stopped making excuses!
You can enter the 2nd half of Meta's sweepstakes until December 21, 2014 if you answer the question, "What's one small way you stay healthy during the holidays?" Two 1st prize winners will receive a premium tablet, wearable fitness tracker, Meta products, and gift card for athletic apparel. The grand prize winner will get all of the above plus a 3-day 2-night stay in New York City, a personal training session with Latreal Mitchell in New York City, and tickets to a TV taping to see Michael Strahan live in action on his set.
How do I try to stay healthy during the next two months, which is my favorite time of year? I avoid all the goodies and sweet treats at the office, church and just about everywhere else, but on Thanksgiving and Christmas day I allow myself whatever I want. I believe that it's not the eating on those two holidays, but all the eating around those holidays that causes problems. If I attend parties between those holidays, I generally stick to the MyPlate guidelines of lots of veggies, lean protein and some starch. And it doesn't hurt to keep moving...climbing stairs, taking an extra Zumba class, holiday shopping at the mall—it all counts!
To enter a comment on the sweepstakes post on Meta’s Facebook page with a small step you've taken to be healthier this holiday, include the hashtag #MetaEffectSweeps and tag @MetaWellness1 to receive one (1) entry into that corresponding Entry Period’s random drawing.
Disclosure: I've partnered with P&G on this sponsored post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. You can find more information at MetaWellness.com.