- Message of the Co-Chairmen (January, 2009)
- Weathering the Financial Storm
- Talk to Your Children about Finances
- Banding Together to Fight Cervical Cancer
- Control Worksite Noise through Task Assessment
- Audiograms Gauge Hearing, Guide Protection
- Work Zone Safety 9.0
- The Up Side of Coffee
- Assess Your Health
- Resolutions to Manage Your Diabetes
- HHS Debuts New Exercise Guidelines
- Laborers-AGC Ensures OSHA-Sanctioned Safety Training
- New Tobacco Posters from LHSFNA
- Managed Care and Information Technology
Assess Your Health
Men: To measure your waist, position the soft tape so that the “zero” is at your navel. Wrap the tape around your body horizontally until it meets again with your navel. To measure your hip, find the top of your hip bone in a similar manner and measure horizontally around your torso. Divide your waist measurement by your hip measurement. A healthy weight is at or below 1.0.
Women: To measure your waist, position the soft tape so that the “zero” is below navel between the rib cage and the hip bone. Wrap the tape around your torso horizontally. To measure your hip, the tape measure should horizontally surround the widest area between your hip bone and your buttocks. Divide your waist measurement by your hip measurement. A healthy weight is at or below 0.8.
Another way to assess your health is finding your body mass index (BMI). Use the chart below. Comparing your height and weight provides a good indicator of how much fat you carry. You are considered to be normal weight for your height if your BMI is between 18.5 and 24.8 (dark green). If you are between 25 and 29.9, you are overweight. Obesity (red) is 30 or higher.
For related stories on your health, see It's a New Year and a New You -- Resolutions to Manage Your Diabetes and HHS Debuts New Exercise Guidelines in this issue of LIFELINES.