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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — When it comes to watching your weight, a little help never hurt anyone.

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Florida health officials are looking out for your waistline in a season full of eating and drinking.

The Florida Department of Health has launched a free program to offer participants tips for maintaining a healthy weight during the holidays.

Americans typically gain between one and five pounds throughout the holidays and most never shed that weight.

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State Surgeon General Dr. John Armstrong says the program includes practical steps, healthy recipes and consistent motivation.

Participants will receive daily tips, mid-week challenges to get you out of a slump and support from other participants.

The challenge runs through December 31. To sign up, visit www.healthiestweightflorida.com.

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