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Your Healthy Weight

Body Mass Index

To find your healthy weight range, check your Body Mass Index (BMI). This metric is a ratio of weight to height that can be used to screen for obesity. Where are you on the BMI chart?

Health Check-Ups

Each year you can get an on-campus health screening at no cost to learn your most important health numbers. Your health check-up includes a screening that measures blood pressure, body mass composition, blood glucose, and cholesterol. You can also meet one-on-one with a nurse practitioner to review your results and discuss follow-up wellness resources. Find details about health check-ups here. 

Abdominal Obesity

If your BMI is between 25 and 35, measure your waist circumference. If you're a woman and your waist measures more than 35 inches, or if you're a man and your waist measures more than 40 inches, you probably have too much belly fat. This is a risk factor in heart disease.

Other risks of heart disease include:

  • Sleep apnea

  • Diabetes

  • Coronary heart disease

  • High blood pressure

  • Cigarette smoking

  • Dyslipidemia (high Triglycerides, low (HDL-cholesterol, high LDL-cholesterol)

  • Glucose intolerance (high blood glucose that's not yet diabetes)

  • Family history of early heart disease (men - close relatives 55 or younger, women - close relatives 65 or younger)

Learn More

If you would like to learn more about your body composition, contact:

Exercise

Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can help:

  • Control your weight
  • Lower your risk of heart disease
  • Lower your risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
  • Lower your risk of some cancers
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles
  • Improve your mental health and mood
  • Improve your ability to do daily activities and prevent falls, if you're an older adult
  • Increase your chances of living longer

Choosing an Exercise

Fitting regular exercise into your daily schedule may seem difficult at first. But even ten minutes at a time is fine. The key is to find the right exercise for you. It should be fun and should match your abilities. Find more information about fitness and choosing a type of exercise at the links below:

On-Campus Exercise

Find fitness centers on and off-campus.

Use these campus walking maps to track how far you walk around campus.

Full-Plate Living

Eat Down Your Blood Sugar

Now you can enjoy more foods that can help lower your blood sugar, boost your energy and even think more clearly. Sure, you can take medicine or even insulin to help lower your blood sugar, but what if you could help treat your blood sugar with simple changes to what you eat.  Changes that could help you reduce your need of medications and the side effects that often go with them. Whether you have diabetes or have been recently diagnosed as being pre-diabetic, you’ll want to check out the Eat Down Your Blood Sugar program. 

In this 8 lesson online course you’ll discover the best foods to naturally help normalize blood sugar and even lower cholesterol. Dr. Diana Fleming PhD nutritionist coauthor of the 30-Day Diabetes Miracle Cookbook, and the Full Plate Weight Loss Program is the lead presenter. Lonnie Carbaugh, MS, a licensed professional counselor with more than 15 years of helping people create positive eating habits, joins her. Each video lesson runs about 40 minutes and is packed with practical ideas of how to enjoy food to lower your blood sugar, increase your energy and even help you think better. And instead of taking more medication you’ll likely be able to reduce it instead. You already know what you eat is important to creating good health, but if you are dealing with a blood sugar issue food is vitally important.

Here are a few benefits participants have reported by going through the program:

  • 38% increase in confidence in ability to control blood sugar

  • 39% increase in confidence in ability to make healthy food choices

  • 52% of those overweight reported an average weight loss of 5.9 pounds

  • 75% with low or no energy before the course reported increase in energy

  • 67% with fair or poor health before the course reported overall health improved

Rick, who completed the program, shared that his doctor has cut his medication in half and his Hemoglobin A1c blood test is now normal and his doctor has totally removed him from Glucophage.

Enroll

Coming Soon! Open enrollment for the online 8-session course, Eat Down Your Blood Sugar, will begin Tuesday, June 6, 2017, and end Thursday, June 15, 2017. This $157 program will be available for the OUHSC employee rate of $97, and OUHSC employees that complete all 8 sessions within the allotted 10 weeks will receive a $50 reimbursement on their paycheck. Keep an eye out for upcoming emails with more information!

In-Person Classes in Norman

Complete the Full Plate Weight Loss Program in-person for an hour each week at the Sarkeys Fitness Center in Norman. Review details about the classes here.

Maternity Coaching and Education – A service offered by the OU Nursing Care Management program to assist expectant or new parents with questions or concerns that may arise from the addition of a new baby.  A Maternity Coach (registered nurse) will provide supportive coaching services and education tailored to meet the needs of the individual.

Caregiving Resources

eCare Diary - Provides comprehensive information, tools, and resources to help those seeking and providing long term care. A unique feature is the Care Diary, a set of online tools designed to assist in the coordination of care and communication between caregivers.

American Red Cross Family Caregiver Program - This program offers caregivers a helping hand by providing a variety of information-packed sessions covering topics such as home safety, healthy eating, bathing, legal and financial issues, and taking care of yourself.

Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Center - Find resources, education, and support for those caring for friends and family living with Dementia and Alzheimer's. 

OU Nursing Care Management – Offers health care management services and education to assist individuals of all ages with chronic care diseases or disabilities including resources for caregivers.