Maintaining a healthy weight is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and summer is the perfect time to start thinking about making positive health changes. With the weather being warmer, it is a great opportunity to go on a walk, run, or a bike ride. Try finding a friend or family member to exercise with to make it more enjoyable.
Currently one-third of Americans are overweight and another third is obese. There are many risks that increase with being overweight or obese such as the risk for coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, and many other conditions. You can reduce these risks by being active and eating a healthy diet.
You can find out if you are in the underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese category by using the Body Mass Index calculator found on The National Institutes of Health website. The website also has many more resources such as tools and tips on controlling your weight, eating right, and being physically active. Try using the menu planner to calculate the calories in your meals or the recipes to make healthy meals for you and your family. Try the amazingly fresh produce at your local farmer’s market and ask the farmers how to cook something if you have not cooked with it before. Cooking as a family can also be great so everyone learns to cook and be healthy together. So take advantage of the summer to make some great meals and have some enjoyable workouts!