Resources for Healthy Living
In addition to the reader-friendly versions of research articles, which are intended for a broad audience, we offer here a set of links to resources for healthy living. These resources are useful to those in our partner community here in Boston, and more broadly to families everywhere.
How’s your weight?
This tool from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calculates your BMI, or body mass index. Your BMI tells you whether you are too heavy or too thin—or just right—for your height.
To find out what your BMI is, just type in your height, and then type in your weight. The calculator will show your BMI. The calculator will also tell you what your BMI means: Is your weight in the normal range for your height? Are you overweight or obese? Are you underweight?
CDC gives a lot of good information about how to keep your weight in the healthy range. Just click here.
How’s the air quality today where you live?
Here’s a webpage from the US Environmental Protection Agency. It tells you how the air quality is in your local area. Air quality is important for everybody, but especially for people who have breathing problems.
The webpage will show a map of your local area. Just type your zip code in the “Zip Code” box and click the Go button.
The colors on the map tell you if the local air quality is good, or hazardous, or somewhere in between. Move your pointer over the colored labels below the map to find out what “good” and “moderate” and the other labels actually mean.
Click on the tabs at the top of the map to choose the forecast or the current conditions, or to see how conditions have changed over the day.
Click here to use the air quality map.
Showing girls the way to a bright future
If you’re a girl who would like to be healthier—or if you know one—check out this link. It’s called “My Bright Future: Physical Activity and Healthy Eating,” and it gives information especially for adolescent girls and young women.
“My Bright Future” asks you questions and gives useful tips for eating healthier and getting more exercise. It also helps you talk with your health care provider—for example, your doctor, or a nurse, or a community health worker. And it helps you make a plan to be healthier.
To print the complete guide, click on the link at the left that says PDF Guide. Or, to print a small reminder card, click on the link that says PDF Wallet Card.
Click here to find all these materials.
Taking care of your child’s smile
This information sheet offers tips to help parents give their kids a good start towards a lifetime of healthy teeth.
When should you start cleaning your child’s teeth? When can the child take over? Should your child use fluoride toothpaste? If so, when and how much? When should you talk with the child’s doctor or dentist?
Click here to find this factsheet.