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Employees urged to learn their BMI

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USPS is encouraging employees to learn their body mass index during American Heart Month.

Knowing your BMI, or body mass index, helps you manage your overall health, experts say.

A healthy BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9 for adults. A BMI over 25 puts you at higher risk for developing weight-related conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.

To mark American Heart Month, the Postal Service is encouraging you to learn your BMI.

Your health plan’s website can help you find a doctor or other provider who can assess your BMI and help you set realistic and healthy weight goals.

Annual screenings to know your numbers, including BMI, are generally covered by your health plan with no out-of-pocket cost to you as part of preventive care.

However, BMI alone doesn’t provide a complete picture of your health.

You’ll also want to measure your waist circumference and evaluate current factors such as high blood pressure and cigarette smoking to assess your overall weight and risks.

The National Institutes of Health offers an online body weight planner that allows you to track your calorie intake and physical activity to reach and maintain a goal weight.

The Wellness LiteBlue page has more information, including a BMI calculator.

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