Aiming for a healthy weight

posted by Brent Brown on December 29, 2020 EAP weight management image

You’ve set a goal to reach your ideal weight, but how do you really make it happen?

Here are a few guidelines from the Anthem Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Research the weight that’s right for you. (If you have questions about your child’s weight, talk with your doctor.)

If you’re an adult, you can check your body mass index (BMI), which is one measure you can use to stay informed.

  1. Go to nih.gov and search BMI calculator. Follow the simple steps on the calculator to measure your BMI. (The higher your BMI category, the greater the risk for health problems.)
  2. Measure around your waist, just above your hip bones, while standing. Health risks go up as waist measurement increases, particularly if your waist is more than 35 inches for women or 40 inches for men. Excess belly fat may place you at greater risk of health problems, even if your BMI is about right.

Manage your weight. Choose a healthy variety of foods and watch your portion size.

Be more active throughout the day. Getting at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity most or preferably all days of the week is one way to stay active. Over time, exercising — even a little bit more than usual — can keep you from gaining weight or help you lose weight.

No matter what age you are, keeping your weight in check can have a huge effect on your health. Reach out to your doctor about plans to keep your weight at the right level. And contact your EASY Program team of experts, too. They have plenty of resources and great advice for making your lifestyle a healthy one.

Learn more and get started with EAP at anthemeap.com.

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