Q: What does it mean to be healthy?
A: There are many things that go into health. Weight, blood pressure and body mass index are good indications of your overall physical health, but there is more than just one area. Health encompasses 5 different areas they include: Physical, Mental, Social, Spiritual and Emotional. So many things impact our health if we are lacking in one area it can effect another area. It is important to take care of all of the aspects of our personal health.
Q: As college students our age group needs a lot of calcuim to mantian our bone health later in life, what are some good sources of calcium?
A: Milk and dairy products are the obvious choice, but for those who don’t like milk there are great alternatives. Leafy green vegetables like broccoli, kale, and spinach are rich sources of calcium. One source that people don’t often consider are oranges, and oranges have lots of other positive nutrients. If you are concerned that you still are not getting enough through your regular diet, try taking a calcium supplement.
Q: What is a good vitamin supplement?
A: Natural is always best when it comes to supplements. This just means that your supplement must be free from dyes, allergens or artificial preservatives. The FDA does not regulate supplements so it can be hard to tell some times. For the most part just choose which vitamins are important to you and go from there. I went to an endocrinologist who is an expert in this area, and he told me, much to my shock, that even the Flintstones vitamins I had as a kid are a great source of all of the standard vitamins.
Q: How do I find out my BMI?
If you don’t want to do it yourself there are “BMI Caluculators” online.
Q: Is BMI a good way to determine my fitness?
A: BMI is a reliable measure for most people. Research has shown that BMI correlates to direct measures of body fat. According to the BMI weight status categories, anyone with a BMI over 25 would be classified as overweight and anyone with a BMI over 30 would be classified as obese. However, there are some cases that are exceptions. It is important to remember, however, that BMI is not a direct measure of body fatness and that BMI is calculated from an individual’s weight which includes both muscle and fat. As a result, some individuals may have a high BMI but not have a high percentage of body fat. For example, highly trained athletes may have a high BMI because of increased muscularity rather than increased body fatness. It is effective overall to keep in touch with your fitness, but don’t let it be your one measure of health.
Q: What is a good way to get personal advice on my eating habits?
A: Registered Dietitians (RD) are the health professionals who are trained to provide counseling on nutrition and eating habits. An RD can provide personalized dietary advice taking into consideration your health status, lifestyle, and food likes and dislikes. The American Dietetic Association has a Find a Nutrition Professional service that allows you to locate an RD in your geographical area.
Q: How can I avoid foodborne illness and food poisoning?
A: The four most important points to remember are:
1. Wash your hands frequently
2. Cook to proper temperatures
3. Refrigerate foods promptly
4. Avoid cross contamination
Q: Why is breakfast the most important meal of the day?
A: Studies show that children who eat breakfast do better in school. When you skip breakfast, you are likely to become tired when your brain and body run low on fuel. People who eat breakfast are more likely to maintain a healthy weight.
Q: What are some ways to eat healthy while dining out?
A: Drink water with your meal to fill you up faster. Dishes labeled deep-fried, pan-fried, basted, batter-dipped, breaded, creamy, crispy, scalloped, Alfredo, au gratin or in cream sauce are usually high in calories, unhealthy fats or sodium. Don’t be afraid to customize your order, it’s ok to order salad dressing to the side.
Q: How can I find a good diet?
A: Fad diets don’t work. The key to a healthy diet is a lifestyle change. Watch your calorie intake and exersice. But don’t cut out anything drastic from your diet, you need carbohydrates and even fat to stay healhty. It is important to have moderation in all things.