How do I calculate my BMI?
Body Mass Index (BMI) is calculated using height and weight. BMI categories:
- Underweight = <18.5
- Normal Weight = 18.5-24.9
- Overweight = 25-29.9
- Obesity ≥ 30
Why is BMI important to know? BMI is a calculation to determine body fat. It can be one factor that your doctor uses to help assess your overall fitness and health. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle goes a long way in preventing diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. Be sure and talk with your health care provider about any family history of diabetes, blood pressure or cholesterol.
What is my goal blood pressure?
- Read more about the importance of maintaining healthy blood pressure.
Optimize cholesterol levels: eat a high fiber, lower fat diet and increase physical activity.
How much exercise is recommended?
Daily activity has been shown to lower blood pressure, blood sugar, improve cholesterol and release stress.
How many steps a day should I be walking?
Note: The average person naturally walks about 2,000 steps, or one mile, per day.