You’ve probably heard about BMI (body mass index) and may even have used AICR’s calculator to learn what your BMI is.
BMI is based on a height and weight formula and is one simple way to estimate how much body fat you have. That’s important to know because too much body fat increases risk for many common cancers, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
But a recent article in Science, suggests that almost one of ten Americans may have a normal BMI and still be at risk for chronic diseases typically lined to obesity.
BMI is a strong predictor of health risk in population studies, and obesity clearly increases risk for seven types of cancers and other chronic diseases. However, on an individual basis, the picture is more complex and depends on your metabolic health. Continue reading
As summer wanes and back-to-school season approaches, kids may be cringing at the thought of getting back to long stretches at a school desk. But can the school environment actually help kids increase their activity level? A new study published in Preventive Medicine suggests it can.
The study on 1,100 elementary and middle school students measured the effectiveness of a government program called HEROES, which was developed to increase physical activity during the school day.
The schools restructured their physical activity classes to focus more on movement than sports to ramp up active participation. Some schools added ten-minute bursts of physical activity into regular classroom time. Nearly all participating schools started before-school or after-school walking programs, adding another 15-20 active minutes to the school day.
We are now halfway through the New American Plate Challenge, a program geared to help people get started with, or continue, their weight loss. This was our first NAP Challenge and we’re excited about all the positive outcomes and responses. Challengers are reporting eating more vegetables, moving more and losing weight.
One goal of the program is for challengers to help out one another with tips and encouragement. I’m sharing these creative tips and inspiring messages from challengers, so if you are working toward healthier habits, you can benefit too. Here are some of the tips and ideas challengers have shared:
On eating more veggies and fruit:
“I bought a mandolin last week and it’s been lots of fun cutting vegetables (and fruit) into fun shapes. I’m more likely to eat veggies that are already cut up and even more likely to eat them if they are sliced up finely.” (Malkah) Continue reading