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Strive for a Healthy Weight

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Eating wisely can help you strive for a healthy weight. What did you eat today?

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Controlling your weight can make a difference in your health now and in the future. Maintaining a healthy weight means balancing the number of calories you eat with the calories your body uses or burns each day. Being overweight or obese can put you at risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol problems, heart disease, gallbladder disease, female health disorders, arthritis, some types of cancer, and sleep apnea.

What can you do to achieve a healthy weight? 

  • Eat wisely:
    • Choose a variety of low calorie, high nutrition foods from the basic food groups. Choose foods that are low in fats, cholesterol, added sugars and fats.
    • Pay attention to the calories you are drinking in beverages such as soda, juice and/or alcohol. 
  • Be physically active: 
    • Aim for at least 30 minutes of activity per day. This can be done in three 10 minute sessions…10 minutes in the morning, afternoon and evening.
  • Losing as little as 5-10 percent of your current body weight can lower your risks for many diseases.
    • A reasonable and safe weight loss is one to two pounds per week. You can do this by small lifestyle changes to help you maintain a healthier weight for life.

Lifestyle changes that include healthy eating, regular physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight are the keys to good health. If you need to lose weight, losing even a little will help.

If you have questions about how you can Strive for a Healthy Weight or if you are interested the MOVE! weight management program, ask your primary care team today!

Learn more about MOVE! and Health Promotion Disease Prevention.

Brought to you by the Health Promotion Disease Prevention Program

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