HEAL envisions a New Hampshire where all residents enjoy health and quality of life through healthy eating and active living.
Use these calculators, tools and resources as a personal assessment of your weight and potential health risk. This information is not meant to diagnose a health problem but can and should be discussed with your health care practitioner.
Body Mass Index (BMI) is one way to determine if your weight is putting your health at risk. While BMI does not take distribution of body fat into account, combining this measure with an assessment of your waist circumference can provide an indication of body fat related health risk.
The location of fat on your body is also a risk factor for health problems. Recent research shows that when excess weight is carried on the abdomen, there may be greater risk of disease than when excess weight is located around the hips or thighs. Measuring your waist circumference is a way to check your fat distribution. Here's how.
What do we mean by healthy eating?
Consume more fruits, vegetables and whole grains every day; choose lean, low-fat or fat-free meats, poultry, and milk or milk products; and reduce intake of saturated fat, sugar, salt and alcohol.
MyPlate Menu Planner
MyPlate uses the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans and helps you to choose food and meals specific for your age, gender, and weight. Use this interactive MyPlate meal planning tool to compare your eating habits to MyPlate recommendations. You can enter foods eaten for today, or plan ahead for well balanced meals tomorrow. Watch the servings of healthy foods add up and note whether you exceed your suggested calorie level.
Fitness Web Resource Links Families Across the Country
The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension welcomes you to the eXtension Families, Food and Fitness web resource brought to you by Extension professionals throughout the United States.
As families with children strive to lead healthy, happy, and productive lives, we hope you'll bookmark this web site so you can access information and resources when answers are needed, regardless of the time of day or your location.
TIP: Most of us know that fruits and vegetables are healthy foods, but do we know why? Take this quiz from CDC and test your knowledge.
- Eating fruits and vegetables everyday as part of a healthy diet can help you fight disease.
- Most people do not eat enough fruits and vegetables for good health.
- Fruits and vegetables can play a role in weight management.
- Green vegetables are the most nutritious.
- Fruits and vegetables are always more expensive than other foods.
- Fresh, frozen, canned, and dried varieties of fruits and vegetables all count toward your daily recommendation.
- Preparing fruits and vegetables always takes too much time.