BMI: Know Your Number, Know Your Risk

Overweight and obese people are at increased risk for disease and illness. One factor that is used in assessing health risk is Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI is a number based on both your height and weight. It is a screening tool used to determine risk of disease related to obesity. The higher the BMI, the higher the risk of some diseases. 

How to Sneak Fruits & Veggies Into Your Diet

According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, fruits and vegetables are the foods that should be eaten most often. For most people, this means more than doubling the amount of fruits and vegetables they eat daily.

Flu Shot Fact or Myth?

Influenza (flu) is a serious disease that can make you sick for a week or longer with coughing, fever, aching and more. It can lead to pneumonia and make existing health problems worse -- like diabetes, asthma and heart disease.

Understanding Diabetes

Diabetes is a serious chronic disease that can be managed through lifestyle changes, medications and a close relationship with your doctor. Nearly 24 million Americans have diabetes and another 41 million are at risk for developing it. Whether you just found out you have diabetes or have been dealing with it for years, you can control your diabetes and improve your quality of life.

How to Stay Healthy During Flu Season

The Centers for Disease Control recommends a three-step approach to fighting the flu: vaccination, everyday preventive actions and the correct use of antiviral drugs if your doctor recommends them.

The Wonders of Walking

Walking is a low-impact exercise with numerous health benefits. As one of your body’s most natural forms of exercise, it’s safe, simple, doesn’t require practice and can ease you into a higher level of fitness and health. Here’s more about why walking is good for you and how to get started with a walking program. 

Get Ahead of Your Headaches

Do recurring headaches stop you in your tracks? If so, you are not alone. According to the National Headache Foundation (NHF), more than 45 million Americans suffer chronic, recurring headaches. More than half suffer from migraines. Most migraine sufferers have their first headache between the ages of 6 and 25, and about 70 percent are women.

When Heat Stress Strikes

Your body normally cools itself by sweating. During hot weather, especially with high humidity, sweating just isn’t enough. Your body temperature can rise to dangerous levels and you can develop a heat-related illness, which can become serious or even deadly if unattended.

MP3 Players and Hearing Loss

Over 30 million Americans are affected by hearing loss and 5.2 million are 6-19. Over the past 10 years, the percentage of 8th graders with hearing loss has increased over 400 percent.

Unrealistic Weight Loss Plans

While losing weight is theoretically simple -- burn off more calories than you consume -- the emotional battle and need for a quick fix often sets us up for failure. Dieters sometimes turn to fad diets to jump-start their weight loss program. While some can achieve moderate results, the weight loss is most often temporary. Fad dieters will usually gain back the weight they lost and sometimes even more in a very short period of time.