Watch your BMI for healthy living

Body mass index, simply shortened to BMI, is a familiar term to the health conscious. It is a representation of healthy weight in proportion to height, indirectly measuring the amount of fat in your body.It is important to realize that BMI changes with age, sex, race and level of athleticism.The ideal BMI is between 19 and 25, levels increasingly out of range are associated with recognized health risks.

Modern working environments are full of deliverables and deadlines, and many people struggle to fit it all into a typical eight-hour working day. Working smart doesn’t always get you an hour or so to spare. If you aren’t too careful, you may find yourself slipping down the path of workaholics. That means a struggle to fit in gym time, quiet relaxation moments, or even time for an unhurried healthy meal. You’d be losing in matters of health if all you did is work, work, and more work. You can let everything else slip, but you must dedicate time for health in any typical working day.

Almost everybody is aware of the phrase ‘good Samaritan’ and what it implies. It is the act of coming to the rescue of those in some danger, out of goodwill and without the intention of reward or compensation.

But the non-religious may be unaware that the phrase is attributed to Jesus, in the parable of the good Samaritan detailed in the bible. Jesus narrated the selfless rescue by a traveller from Samaria,in aid of a rival stranger who had been beaten, robbed and left for the dead.

An acquaintance of mine recently needed to go through some complex medical interventions. It was a painful process, but thankfully all went well, or so it seemed.  At the point of discharge, her care team were all smiles, with good news of having successfully dealt with the offending disease. She was told there were no tell-tale remnants of residual disease, she could expect a full recovery. Unfortunately, it was a crafted message of half-truths. She didn’t fare very well subsequently, a repeat operation became necessary shortly thereafter. 

For many men, getting a medical examination is seen as a "weakness" or a very unmanly thing to do, at least for the traditional, macho-types. Some men actually need to be dragged by the girlfriend or the wife to the doctor's office just to get a check-up. But why do they literally hate going to the doctor?

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