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This week is Healthy Weight Week

by Natalie Pearce, L.M.S.W., Director of Economic Security

January 20-26, 2016 is Healthy Weight Week.

Shoe on a benchWhat is a healthy weight? We all want to know the answer to this question!  The truth is that one size does not fit all, literally and figuratively. Numerous factors play into what constitutes a healthy weight for each individual, including height, age, and bone structure, amongst others. After reviewing sources of ways to maintain a healthy weight, here are what seem to be the top five common methods:

  1. Drink more water. 6-8 glasses (8 ounces per glass) is recommended.
  2. Eat more fruits and vegetables. 5 servings is recommended. A serving is typically ½ cup, with leafy greens being 1 cup.
  3. Move more. Exercise is recommended, including strength training and cardiovascular activities. Any way you can increase the amount you move your body is a positive!
  4. Get more sleep. 8 hours per night is recommended. Yes, this does connect with a healthy body weight!
  5. Relax and enjoy life more! Stress reduction is another key factor in maintaining a healthy weight. Taking time out for a few deep breaths throughout the day surprisingly will reduce stress and increase your ability to focus.

In many ways, our bodies are inextricably connected with our minds. Mindset plays a crucial role in both achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight. Embracing ourselves, as we are, while striving to be our best, healthiest selves, is also essential.

As with all things, there are as many opinions as there are people about the “right” way to maintain a healthy weight. However, these five core ways seem to be consistent across most accepted approaches to weight management. As for the details, visit Health.gov for further information. To learn more about healthy weight week, check out these other resources.

Cheers to your health!

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