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Understanding BMI

BMI (Body Mass Index) is a tool that is used to determine if you are overweight or obese. Your BMI is a number that is calculated from your weight and height. It is considered an estimate of body fat and can indicate your risk for certain diseases that are linked to being overweight or obese such as heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, breathing problems and certain cancers. In other words, BMI is used to identify possible weight-related problems which can occur if the BMI is not within a normal range.

While there is a strong relationship between your BMI number and the amount of body fat actually present, keep in mind that BMI values do vary by sex, race, and age. So in order to determine if an individual is actually overweight, a healthcare provider would need to perform further assessments. These assessments might include skinfold thickness measurements, evaluations of diet, physical activity, family history, and other appropriate health screenings.

HAP recommends that adults 18-74 years of age have their BMI assessed at least once every two years. So the next time you see your physician, ask them for your BMI value. If it is over 25, ask what you can do to reduce it.

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BMI Weight Status
Below 18.5 Underweight
18.5 – 24.9 Normal
25.0 – 29.9 Overweight
30.0 and Above Obese

HAP's Partnership with Weight Watchers®

In our pursuit to improve the health outcomes of our members, HAP differentiates itself from its competitors by partnering with Weight Watchers® in an unprecedented discount for our members. This partnership is the first and only in southeastern Michigan and has resulted in significant, measurable healthy outcomes for members.

Weight Watchers' PointsPlus program was designed to help put the Dietary Guidelines into practice in the lives of Americans. The primary goal of the PointsPlus program is to guide people towards making smart, healthy and satisfying choices to lose weight. Weight Watchers® recognizes that while counting calories is a general guide to losing weight, all calories are not created equal -- losing weight by calorie counting alone has outlived its usefulness because the nutrients that provide the calories have unique attributes. While the environment today makes it hard to make the right food choices, the program makes it easier to make healthier and more satisfying food choices to successfully lose weight.

See more information about HAP's Weight Management program and our Weight Watchers® partnership.

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