SOURCE: The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA)

October 04, 2013 14:15 ET

Let Team Challenge Keep Holiday Weight Gain and Stress at Bay

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - October 04, 2013) - A study by National Institute of Health shows that most Americans gain about 2 pounds during the six-week period between Thanksgiving and New Years Day. The extra demands and expectations around the holidays can also be stressful. Both of these factors can take an unwanted toll on one's health.

"People place heavy demands on themselves to create the perfect holiday environment, buy the right gifts, and be available for all sorts of social functions," says Dave McGovern, Team Challenge National Head Coach. "Regular exercise helps keep weight down and definitely manages your stress level. It's easy to say you'll keep in shape during holiday season, but with Team Challenge, you can actually do that and more."

Team Challenge is the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America's endurance training and fundraising program. When you join the Team, you will train for 16 weeks with likeminded teammates and expert coaches all the while helping to raise funds for cures for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis -- two painful, debilitating, and seldom-discussed digestive diseases. 

Team Challenge is currently recruiting for the Miami Marathon & Half Marathon taking place on Sunday, February 2, 2014. By joining the Team, you will train throughout the holiday season -- affording yourself the opportunity to indulge and cheat on all your favorite holiday fare in preparation to run 13.1 miles in the heart of the Miami -- on this breathtaking, tropical course with all the amenities one comes to expect from South Florida -- nightlife included! 

CCFA local chapters will begin hosting a series of informational meetings starting now to help prepare runners and walkers to cross the finish line in Miami on February 2, 2014. For those interested in registering with the Team, you can visit For those who want more information from the convenience of your computer, the below listed webinars will provide an overview of the program and upcoming half marathon:

Webinar details include:

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

8:00pm EST/5:00pm PST

Call: 877 309 2074, Access Code: 532-994-819

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

8:00pm EST/5:00pm PST 

Call: 866-952-8437, Access Code: 805-989-412

Saturday, October 19, 2013

12:00pm EST/9:00am PST

Go ahead and treat yourself to an early holiday gift -- the gift of health. If you're a novice runner or walker, go get some new running gear -- perhaps a new pair of running shoes and do something you never thought you could! You'll have full support straight through to the finish line in Miami. Experienced runners and walkers can put their abilities to the test, and get energized by being part of an amazing team in an exotic and breath taking destination.

About The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America:

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is the leading organization dedicated to finding cures for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Crohn's and colitis are debilitating medically incurable digestive diseases that affect 1 in 200 Americans, including 150,000 children nationwide. Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal pain, weight loss and fatigue. CCFA raises critical dollars for breakthrough research, public and professional education, and patient support services in communities across the nation, helping patients to live more fulfilling lives. Learn more about Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and CCFA at

About Team Challenge

Team Challenge is the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America's endurance training and fundraising program. Through Team Challenge, you can run or walk 13.1 miles or train for a triathlon at one of our great destination races while helping to find a cure for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, two chronic and often debilitating digestive diseases that impact 1.4 million Americans. For more information on Team Challenge, please visit to register today!

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