Nurses and Healthy Weight

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Nurses and Healthy Weight

New study shows majority of nurses are overweight

By Elizabeth Hanink, RN, BSN, PHN
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Recently, a group of 370 nurses took part in a short health assessment at a biennial meeting of the House of Delegates of the American Nurses Association (ANA). The results? Seventy percent of the nurses were overweight, with 40 percent categorized as obese.

Only 35 percent exercised four to five times per week. Fortunately, only a tiny percent of the group smoked, almost none drank more than the recommended two alcoholic drinks per week and most drank one or fewer sugary drinks per day.

Losing Those Extra Pounds

The ANA is encouraging members of the profession to make an effort to lose that first 10 pounds (or that last 10) to enjoy better health. Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is about balancing the energy you take in (your diet) and the energy you expend (your activity). If you like numbers, one popular metric for estimating healthy weight is body mass index (BMI). For adults, a BMI between 19 and 24.9 is generally considered healthy. However, BMI is only an estimate.

The healthiest weight for you will depend many different factors, including family history, physical activity, waist circumference and skin fold thickness.

As the most trusted caregivers in the country, nurses are in a unique position to advocate and demonstrate healthy habits, including increased activity, smaller portions, less time spent front of the TV or computer screen, increased water consumption and healthy, balanced eating.

This article is from workingnurse.com.

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