You can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease:
Achieve a Healthy Weight (Body Mass Index)
If you are overweight, you are more likely to have heart disease. Excess
weight can raise blood pressure and blood cholesterol and lead to diabetes.
It matters where your body stores its excess fat. People who carry most
of their fat around their stomachs have a higher risk of having heart
disease and diabetes than those who carry it around their hips.
Looking for more information?
- Check out the Understanding
Weight section of the Calgary Health Region's Your Health Web site
Prevention of Childhood Obesity (CPCO) has launched a new website.
This site contains information about childhood obesity, CPCO initiatives,
and resources and links for professionals and the public.
- Obtain a copy of "Canada's
Food Guide to Healthy Eating" and a copy of "Canada's
Physical Activity Guide to Healthy Active Living". These and
other print resources on healthy weights are available locally from
Nutrition and Active Living, Healthy Communities, Calgary Health Region.
To order or for more information call (403) 943-8127
- Contact the Heart
and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, NWT & Nunavut at (403) 781-7137
(Calgary Office) for their recently updated publication "Healthy
Habits, Healthy Weight", as well as other consumer education materials
(publications, pamphlets, brochures, fact sheets, posters and videos)
- Obtain a copy of the resource "Weight Control and Heart Disease
- How to control your weight and reduce your risk of heart disease"
from the Heart Healthy Kit's section on Weight
Control and Heart Disease
- To calculate your healthy weight range using the BMI, go to the Dietitians
Web site to find the Body
Mass Index Calculator
- Learn more about the Canadian
Guidelines for Body Weight Classification in Adults from Health
- See more information links in the Eat Healthy
and Be Active sections of the CCN Web site.
Programs and Services in the Calgary Area
- Contact the University of Calgary's Health Management Programs
The University of Calgary's Health
Management programs are designed to help you take steps toward making
changes to your health. Contact
Carolyn Bedford at (403) 220-5189.
- Evaluate Weight Control Programs
Make sure you evaluate any weight control program you are looking at.
Use this checklist
for selecting a weight loss program
- Talk to Your Health Professional
Talk to your family doctor or dietitian and work with them to understand
your weight and help to control your weight.
Don't have a Family Doctor?
If you don't have a family doctor, call 403-943-LINK (5465) or check
out the online
list of Doctors who are accepting new patients in the Calgary Health
- Calgary Health Link
Call the Health Link at (403) 943-LINK (5465) for information and resources
on healthy eating and for a listing of how to access Registered Dietitians
in the Calgary area.
- Locate Community Health Resources in the Calgary Region
They provide a directory of community, health and social services in
the Calgary Region. Once at the Web site, enter weight loss or nutrition
into the search area. The City of Calgary Information Centre at (403)
268-4636 (INFO) can also provide you this information.
- Find A Nutrition Professional
How can you ensure that you are getting quality nutrition advice? By
consulting a qualified
dietitian! This web-site profiles the profession of dietetics and
nutrition and how to get in touch with a qualified nutrition professional
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Do you know your BMI?
Use this Body
Mass Index Calculator to find it