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Healthy Weight

Contact the Healthiest Weight Florida Program

  •  850-245-4100
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    Mailing Address

    Division of Community Health Promotion 

    4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A13 

    Tallahassee FL 32399 

Healthy eating and physical activity are keys to maintaining a healthy weight. Being at a healthy weight is related to a reduction in several serious health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, stroke (brain attack), and certain cancers. For those that are overweight, even a modest weight loss can have a positive impact on your health. Healthy weight can also impact your energy levels, sleep habits, self-esteem, psychological health, and health care costs.

Maintaining Your Healthy Weight

Maintaining a healthy weight results from a balance of the calories consumed through eating and drinking compared to the calories burned through physical activity. Taking in more calories than you burn with exercise will lead to weight gain. Conversely, you will lose weight if you burn more calories through activity than you consume. Having a few high-calorie snacks/meals or a day of inactivity can be balanced with healthy food choices and physical activity. It is essential to take care of yourself with sensible health habits such as drinking plenty of water, eating a variety of fruit and vegetables, and getting more active.

Body Mass Index Explained

Body mass index (BMI) estimates body fat based on height and weight. This screening tool calculates weight status in relation to the risk of chronic disease. Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information on healthy eating and physical activity for a healthy weight. There you will also find a BMI calculator to assess if you are at a healthy weight.

Consult with your health care provider to determine safe and effective ways to achieve and maintain the healthiest weight for you.

Healthiest Weight Florida

Currently, only 34% of Florida adults are at a healthy weight, approximately 28% are obese, and about 36% are overweight. On our current trend, there is a high probability that by 2030, the proportion of Florida adults at a healthy weight will reach only 30%. Addressing the public health threat of weight is a priority for the Department of Health. In response to the obesity epidemic, the department launched the Healthiest Weight Florida initiative in early 2013. Healthiest Weight Florida has evolved over the years; however, the program has continually focused on creating healthy environments that help Florida’s children and adults choose healthy eating and active living.