Healthy Weight is just one component of being a HealthyNurse™, but nutrition and fitness (or diet and exercise) are often the first things we think of when we talk about health and wellness. We tend to associate a Healthy Weight with restrictive (and often unpleasant) dieting. However, Healthy Weight is a lifestyle and can lead to improved overall health, increased energy, and improved self-esteem.
This can be achieved by:
- Eating a balanced diet with whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables
- Enjoying sweets, fats, and alcohol in moderation.
- Reasonable portion sizes (which, in our “more is better” world, seem small at first)
- Less snacking
- Drinking more water and less sugary drinks – including fruit juices
- Moving more and sitting less
- Less screen time
Ultimately, it is a balance of energy in (nutrition) and energy out (fitness).
Healthy Weight is important for your overall health and can prevent and control many diseases and conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, gallstones, respiratory problems, certain cancers, and type 2 diabetes.
Healthy Weight is about maintaining a weight that is healthy for your heart, your body, and your self-image. If you are a numbers person, it is a body mass index (BMI) between 19 and 24.9. It’s important to note that a BMI is just one screening tool and doesn’t factor in other important health assessments such as skinfold thickness measurements, waist circumference, family history, and evaluation of nutrition and physical activity.
Ultimately, Healthy Weight is about maintaining your health, feeling good about yourself, and having more energy to enjoy your life.