L3 Health and Wellness: Helpful Health Tools

Here are some very useful tools to keep help you asses your health.  Click the titles to take you to each link.

Healthy Weight Calculator – Mayo Clinic

Take this simple quiz to help you find  the best way to eat for your body.


Health Assessments and Interactive Tools – Brigham & Women’s Hospital

A wonderful resource to online, interactive health assessment tools.


Beyond BMI: A Better Tool to Measure Your Health – Cleveland Clinic

Waist-to-height ratio is better — and simpler

If you’ve been to a doctor, looked at medical websites or watched a daytime talk show, you’ve probably heard the three magic letters BMI.

BMI, or body mass index, is the most basic tool doctors use to check your body composition and predict your risk of disease. There are plenty of online BMI calculators that will do the math for you,but it turns out there is a better tool at your disposal: waist-to-height ratio. Best of all, just like BMI, you can measure it yourself.

How to measure

To be healthy, your waist circumference should be less than half of your height. For example, if you are a 5-foot (60 inches) female, your waist circumference should be 30 inches or smaller. Keeping that ideal ratio will reduce your risk of disease — and increase your life expectancy.

To get an accurate waist measurement, don’t just measure where your pants sit — and avoid the urge to suck in your gut like you’re in a photo. Instead, relax, and start the tape measure just above one of your hip bones and below your lowest rib, keep it level at the belly button all the way around. You want the tape measure to be snug, but not compressing your body.

If the measurement is more than half of your height, use that as motivation. You can make smart choices, lose that harmful abdominal fat and give yourself a longer, healthier life in the process.