I confess. I’m not at a healthy BMI. To put it plainly – I’m (winces) obese.
I am happy to say that I’ve lost 27 pounds in the past three months, and this morning I ran an entire four miles as part of my first half marathon training. By next week, my BMI should be in the “overweight” category. I’m on track to reach my healthy BMI and weight by mid-January 2011, which means I’m halfway to my goal. Woot!
The Nurses’ Health Studies have made an indelible impact on public health – except maybe our own as a collective profession. And it’s our own fault. There are current programs that focus on the health and well-being of nurses, but they’re few compared to the number of nurses in the US and the data about our health as a profession. I’m currently working on a project surrounding nurses’ health, and the literature is astounding. We use tobacco and overeat as much as the general population. Say what??!! It’s true. We grossly overlook our own health while caring for others. Real smart because we’re dying younger along with the general population from obesity-related issues. Hellllooooo!
It’s definitely not easy, but it is one million percent worth it to change your diet and exercise regularly. I’m not alone. Nurses across the country such as Tiffany Zook and @oncnursebeki are changing their health for the better. The Health Hut has some great resources as do the nurses I’ve mentioned. Be sure to check them out. And join us! (If you’re a nurse and already changing your health and documenting your journey via a blog or social media, leave a comment so we can take the journey with you.)
As an aside, if you’re a female nurse between 22 and 45 years old (born after January 1, 1965), consider joining the new online cohort of the Nurses’ Health Study III.