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Health Education - Obesity

Obesity Toolkit
Being overweight not only puts physical stress on our bones which can cause joint problems, it can lead to many other issues. Obesity can lead to loss of energy, depression, heart disease, chronic respiratory illness, sleep apnea, high blood pressure and high cholesterol just to name a few. The Florida Department of Health in Gulf County has put together a variety of research tools, materials, and internet links to help parents and children find the answers they need to make healthier food choices and be more active.

My Plate - Helping Americans make healthier choices

My Plate The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) developed My Plate as its new food guidance system, replacing the older Food Guidance Pyramid. The My Plate image is easy to understand and shows suggested portion sizes for each of the 5 food groups. The emphasis of this new graphic is to encourage eating more vegetables and fruit with every meal while not avoiding necessary proteins, grains, and dairy.

The website, www.choosemyplate.gov Opens in new window., features practical information and tips to help Americans choose healthier diets.

BMI Calculator for Adults
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a person's weight and height. This calculation provides a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to chronic health problems.

Click here to access calculator Opens in new window.

The BMI weight categories are:
  • Less than 18.5 = Underweight
  • 18.5-24.9 = Normal
  • 25-29.9 = Overweight
  • 30 or more = Obese
To use the calculator:
Enter your weight and height using standard or metric measurement. Click on Calculate and your BMI will appear along with links to take you to more information.

Click link below to access calculator:
The CDC's Body Mass Index for Children and Teens Opens in new window.
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