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Managing Your Weight

Know Your BMI

What does 'overweight' and 'obese' mean?

More than 60% of Americans are considered overweight or obese. Being overweight or obese puts you at risk for many diseases and conditions. The more body fat you have the more likely you are to develop obesity related conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes. 

The terms 'overweight' and 'obese' refer to a person's overall body weight and whether it's too high. For adults, overweight and obese ranges are determined by using a person's weight and height to calculate a number called Body Mass Index (BMI). Calculate my BMI.

<18.5       = Underweight
18.5-24.0 = Normal Weight
25-29.9    = Overweight
30-39.9    = Obese
40+          = Morbidly Obese


Food JournalingKristin Crady, RD talks with an employee about the benefits of fruit (2011).

Food Journaling is one of the best ways to truely identify the issues with a patient's diet. Also known as a food diary, it is the dreaded task that dietitians often ask their patients to do. Yes, it is time consuming, but the benefits are endless. Did you know that just the act of writing foods down will often lower your intake? It's true. Journaling is also a great tool for self-management and monitoring. A simple pen and paper can potentially help you lose weight! Or, keep track of it online. Some of our favorites:

www.sparkpeople.com *

www.fitday.com *

www.calorieking.com *

www.myfitnesspal.com *


Options to Help in Your Weight Loss Journey  

Individual Counseling Sessions  MOVE! Weight Management Program 
Handouts We Like  What the Dietitians Are Eating... 
Bariatric (Weight Loss) Surgery   
  Celebrating National Nutrition Month 2012 with a grocery store tour. 

Helpful Nutrition Tools*

www.choosemyplate.org  The latest guide to healthy eating & physical activity from the USDA
www.vaemployeewellness.com  The Wellness Is Now Program for VA Employees
www.move.va.gov  The MOVE! Weight Management Program national site
www.prevention.va.gov  The Health Promotion & Disease Prevention site
www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov  Learn how to eat a variety of fruits & vegetables each day 
www.bellinstitute.com  Helpful information & recipes for heart health 
www.mylifecheck.heart.org  My Life Check Assessment Tool to get your heart health score

* These websites are not affiliated with the Charleston VAMC

Nutrition Services Links