Healthy Ways to Manage Your Weight

Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the most important things you can do to safeguard your health. However, reaching a healthy weight and staying there can be a real challenge. That’s why Munson Healthcare offers a variety of programs, services, and resources in northern Michigan that provide practical help in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

Why Healthy Weight Matters

Healthy weight is not about how you look or the size of your clothes. It really is about being healthy. A healthy weight:

  • Helps you avoid serious chronic diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, and even some types of cancer.

  • Makes it easier for you to be fit and active.

  • Makes you feel better physically and emotionally.

What is Healthy Weight Loss?

People often want to lose weight quickly. But evidence shows that people who lose weight gradually and steadily (about one to two pounds per week) are more successful at keeping weight off. Healthy weight loss isn’t about being on a “diet” – it’s about small, long-term changes in daily eating and exercise habits.

Losing weight takes determination. The good news is that no matter what your weight loss goal is, even a modest weight loss of 10 pounds is likely to improve your health by decreasing your blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

Establishing new lifetime eating and physical activity habits will help you maintain your weight loss over time.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Everyone is different and so we offer many approaches to help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight. We encourage you to find one or more approaches that fit your needs and lifestyle.

Some programs, such as Shape Up North and Choose (to be) Well, provide a lot of tips and information about simple ways to improve your health by eating well and adding movement to your daily routine.

In addition, Munson Healthcare offers: