Healthy Weight Week
We are in the midst of Healthy Weight Week, celebrated this year from January 15th through the 21st. It is a week dedicated to understanding the importance of maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle. According to the NIH, many factors can contribute to a person’s weight, including one’s environment, family history and genetics, metabolism (the way your body changes food into energy), and behavior or habits. In terms of osteoarthritis (OA), managing your weight with a healthy diet and physical activity can help you reduce your joint pain. Every 1 pound of weight loss equals 4 pounds of relief on your knees. Losing 15 pounds can cut knee pain in half!
Wondering where to get started? The OA Action Alliance has compiled a variety of resources to help individuals affected by excess weight and joint pain take action steps to improve their joint pain. In addition, our Weight Management task group explored the gap between what individuals with OA want to know about nutrition education and what healthcare professionals believe they need to know. Lastly, Fit & Strong! Plus is the physical activity plus weight loss version of the Fit & Strong! program, a recognized physical activity Arthritis-Appropriate, Evidence-Based Intervention.
Mindfulness practices enhance the connection between our body, our mind and everything else that is around us. Mindful living is the key to understanding our struggles with weight and to empowering us to control our weight.
–Thich Nhat Hanh