|Nutrition Information for Raw Fruits, Vegetables, and Fish
Download posters from the FDA CFSAN to help plan a healthy diet and learn about the important nutrients in fruits, vegetables and fish.
|Tipping the Scales in Your Favor
Have you “resolved” to start eating healthier and become more physically active in 2008? Check out these tips from CDC to get off to a good start and to keep it going.
Tips for Weight Loss and Maintenance
A brand new section of MyPyramid.gov is designed for your special nutritional needs when pregnant or breastfeeding. It has advice to help you and your baby stay healthy.
Maintaining an appropriate weight and consuming a nutritionally adequate diet are essential throughout life. Excessive weight gain, and/or inadequate consumption of essential nutrients such as calcium, folic acid, and essential fatty acids significantly increase the risk for premature disability or death from heart disease, cancer, stroke, kidney disease, cataracts, and other acute or chronic conditions. The resiliency of the body creates opportunities to prevent and, in some cases, reverse some risk factors. The Department of Health and Senior Services has gathered these web links to provide information about proper nutrition as well as food assistance to help each person reach their optimum life expectancy and to enjoy better health and quality of life.
BMI — Body Mass Index Calculating Your Body Mass Index During Pregnancy
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a means to determine if a person is overweight, underweight, or normal weight, based on their weight and height. The BMI determination assists with recommendations regarding weight gain during pregnancy. BMI does not measure body fat directly, but research has shown that BMI correlates to direct measures of body fat. BMI is used as a screening tool (not a diagnostic tool) to identify possible weight problems for adults.
Calculating B M I
|Measurement Units||Formula and Calculation|
|Kilograms and meters (or centimeters)||Formula: weight (kg) / [height (m)]2
With the metric system, the formula for BMI is weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared. Since height is commonly measured in centimeters, divide height in centimeters by 100 to obtain height in meters.
Example: Weight = 68 kg, Height = 165 cm (1.65 m)
|Pounds and inches||Formula: weight (lb) / [height (in)]2 x 703
Calculate BMI by dividing weight in pounds (lbs) by height in inches (in) squared and multiplying by a conversion factor of 703.
Example: Weight = 150 lbs, Height = 5’5” (65″)
Source for charts: CDC.gov
Interpreting B M I for adults
For adults 20 years old and older, BMI is interpreted using standard weight status categories that are the same for all ages and for both men and women. For children and teens, on the other hand, the interpretation of BMI is both age- and sex-specific. For more information about interpretation for children and teens, visit Child and Teen BMI Calculator.
The standard weight status categories associated with BMI ranges for adults are shown in the following table.
|18.5 – 24.9||Normal|
|25.0 – 29.9||Overweight|
|30.0 and Above||Obese|
For example, here are the weight ranges, the corresponding BMI ranges, and the weight status categories for a sample height.
|Height||Weight Range||BMI||Weight Status|
|5’ 9”||124 lbs or less||Below 18.5||Underweight|
|125 lbs to 168 lbs||18.5 to 24.9||Normal|
|169 lbs to 202 lbs||25.0 to 29.9||Overweight|
|203 lbs or more||30 or higher||Obese|
GUIDELINES FOR USE OF PRENATAL WEIGHT GAIN CHART
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WIC is very excited to share this news with everyone!!
Beginning October 1, 2014 WIC is focusing on helping busy parents/caregivers complete their online WIC Nutrition Education from the comfort of their own home.
This video allows clients to view and explore different resources that a nutritionist would refer to in the WIC clinic. All you need to do is complete an online nutrition education lesson at www.wichealth.org print it out and bring it in on your next WIC visit to count as your nutritional education credit. It is available 24/7 from your laptop or your mobile phone.
For further information on this great opportunity to get your nutritional education classes completed on your time schedule please visit: