Nutrition and Fitness

Proper nutrition and exercise play a vital role in maintaining good health. Beyond simply choosing the right foods and getting enough physical activity, it's important to create a balance between the types of foods, calories and exercise because too much or too little of any one thing can sometimes cause problems.

How Do I Check My Fitness?
Understanding Body Mass Index (BMI)

Body Mass Index is a number calculated from a person's weight and height, and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems. However, this chart is not to be used as a diagnostic tool for assessing body fatness or overall health. If your BMI is outside the "normal" range (between 18.5 and 24.9), it is recommended that you talk with your health care provider.


How Much Physical Activity Do I Need?

Regular physical activity is important for maintaining proper weight, but the amount and intensity needed varies among ages and lifestyles. Studies show that the average person should enjoy at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week in order to maintain current body weight. There is no "one" best means for exercise, so choose the thing you like best and enjoy.

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