Healthy eating and physical activity are keys to maintaining a healthy weight. Being at a healthy weight is related to a reduction in several serious health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, stroke (brain attack), and certain cancers. For those that are overweight, even a modest weight loss can have a positive impact on your health. Healthy weight can also impact your energy levels, sleep habits, self-esteem, psychological health, and health care costs.
Maintaining a healthy weight is a result of an overall average of calories consumed and calories burned. Taking in more calories than you burn with activity will lead to weight gain. If you burn more calories through activity than you consume, you will lose weight. Having a few high calorie snacks/meals or a day of inactivity can be balanced with overall healthy food choices and physical activity. It is important to take care of yourself with sensible health habits such as avoiding exercise when injured.
Body mass index (BMI) is an estimation of body fat based on height and weight. BMI is a way to see if you are in a healthy range. Information on healthy eating and physical activity for a healthy weight and a BMI calculator are located on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
Check with your health care provider to determine safe and effective ways to achieve and maintain the healthiest weight for you.
Healthy Eating is important for all age levels. Starting with breastfeeding for infants, a lifetime of choosing nutrient dense food and beverages will contribute to lowering risk factors for many chronic diseases and conditions. Make healthy eating and physical activity a priority for your entire family. For information on menus, meal plans, healthy eating on a budget visit www.choosemyplate.gov located on the United States Department of Agriculture website.
If you are interested in checking the nutrition content of foods and tracking foods you eat visit the SuperTracker created by the United States Department of Agriculture.
Here are some great recipes from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute that show you how eating less fat, cholesterol, salt, and sodium can make a difference and taste great too.