Are You Healthy?

That is the key question. Are you healthy? How do you know?

The first thing you might want to check out is your BMI or body mass index. It’s based on height and weight and estimates the percentage of body fat.

It is a useful measure to see if you are in the healthy range, overweight or obese.

The larger your BMI, the more body fat you have and the greater your risk of diseases connected to excess body fat. These include heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and some cancers.

Remember BMI is just an estimate and can overstate the body fat in athletes and muscular people and underestimate it in those that have lost muscle including older people.

If you’re more comfortable with a Height Weight Chart, check to make sure you are close to the target weight for your height.

If you have a small build you may be between the minimum and the target and if you have a larger build you could be between the target and the maximum.

This is not a perfect science either, but can give you an idea of a good target weight for your height.

All that is nice, but again the real question is:

Are you healthy?

Take the Are You Healthy Quiz to find out.

Could you be healthier?

Here are some scary statistics:
• 1 in 3 will live with some form of cardiovascular disease
• 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will get cancer
• 1 in 3 will have diabetes by 2050
• 1 in 3 is obese
• 116 million people are living with chronic pain

Here’s another one:

In 2000, the U.S. spent more on health care than any other country: $4,500 per person on average. Yet, our average life expectancy (77 years) ranks 27th in the world.

I don’t want you to be one of these statistics.

Dr. Bill Sears, MD says “75% of all chronic disease is PREVENTABLE”. I believe it!

We can’t always avoid a disease (one that’s hereditary for example), but we can certainly try to beat the odds.

How?

By following these tips to being healthy:
1. Eat 7-13 servings of fruits and vegetables every day (contact me if you want to know how to do this - easily!)
2. Exercise (moderately or more) at least 4 times a week
3. Get 8 hours of sleep every night.
4. Cook healthy food at home (you know what goes in it and can control sugar and salt).
5. Reduce stress in your life – work less, meditate more or whatever works for you.
6. Avoid or reduce: cigarettes, alcohol, junk food, fast food, fried foods and highly processed foods.

And finally, work with a doctor, health counselor or nutritionist if you can’t do it alone.

Contact me to get your free initial consultation!

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