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Health Minute: Weight & BMI

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You’re listening to WPSU’s Health Minute, a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing.

Part of healthy living is maintaining a healthy weight.

Body Mass Index or BMI is a screening method used to categorize people as underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese. A healthy BMI for an adult is between 18.5 and 24.9. A high BMI can be an indicator of high body fat, which can contribute to serious health conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers and mental illnesses.

You can stay in control of your weight as you age by paying attention to the calories you eat and increasing physical activity.

Learn more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at

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I’m Cheraine Stanford, WPSU.

Cheraine Stanford is the Content Strategy Director at WPSU, responsible for developing the station's original productions across digital, radio and television.