Starting in 2013, every patient seen at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield medical facilities will get his or her Body Mass Index calculated at any of their medical appointments as part of a new program.
The program is called "BMI: A Healthy Weigh to a Healthy You" ensures that BMI is recorded as part of patients' medical histories.
BMI is calculated using a person's weight and height. A BMI range for a healthy weight is 18.5 and 24.9; a BMI for overweight people is 25 and 29.9 and people with a BMI of more than 30 are considered overweight, according to the Winn Army Community Hospital.
"With the challenges Americans have with healthy lifestyles and the large number of people who have New Year's resolutions that revolve around losing excess weight and increasing fitness, we see this as a unique opportunity to fill the needs of the community and help them on their journey toward a healthier lifestyle," said MEDDAC Commander Col. Ronald J. Place in a statement.
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