8 Jan

National Healthy Weight Awareness Month

National Healthy Weight Awareness Month

According to the FDA, judging whether someone is at a healthy weight is done with your Body Mass Index (BMI) which is based on your height and weight. To calculate yours and to learn more about BMI, visit:


Below are the classifications of BMI, but it is important to remember that BMI is only one way to classify weight. 

BMI Range

Less than 18.5



30.0 or Higher







To manage your weight, try using these four tips suggested by the FDA:

Tip 1: Plan meals for a few days in advance - this can help you stick to a healthy routine.

Tip 2: Use MyPlate - a convenient way to develop healthy eating habits designed for all age groups (https://www.choosemyplate.gov/). This will help balance out your diet to ensure you’re getting a healthy mix of all food groups. Examples from different food groups are shown below.

Tip 3: Change portion sizes to fit your weight goals. Follow the chart below for some examples of proper portion sizes of common foods. 


Tip 4: Read the nutrition label - get familiar with the ins and outs of a nutrition label at https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/InteractiveNutritionFactsLabel/#intro

  • First, check out the “Serving Size” at the top of the nutrition label to see how much you should be eating
    • Underneath, you can see how many calories are in each serving
  • Next, move on to check out the nutrients listed
      • Paying attention to the “% Daily Value” can help gauge how much of each nutrient is needed
      • Aim to get less than 100% every day of:
            • Saturated fats
            • Trans fats
            • Cholesterol
            • Sodium
    Aim for 100%
      most days of:
      • Dietary fiber
      • Vitamin A + C
      • Calcium
      • Iron


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By: Anthony Walrath and Mitchell Kincaid, CapitalCare PharmD Candidates