A health kiosk has been installed in the foyer of Palmerston North Hospital for the public to check on their body mass index (BMI) for free.
BMI is a measure using your height and weight to classify if you are underweight, normal, overweight or obese. (It does not distinguish between weight associated with muscle and fat.)
This BMI measure is used internationally and is considered to be a good estimate when looking at risks and health conditions associated with obesity.
Visitors can stand on the machine for free and it will automatically measure your height and weight and provide a print out of the readings. Signs by the machine indicate what the numbers you receive on your printout indicate.
A height chart is also available beside the health kiosk for children to measure their height against a picture of a giraffe.
What do the numbers mean? If the machine print out shows a number under 18.50 it will indicate you are underweight; between 18.50 and 24.99 it will indicate a normal BMI; between 25 and 29.99 the BMI it will indicate you are overweight; and 30 and above – obese.
So, what should people do once they get their print out? If you are concerned about your health or weight you can contact your GP team and start a plan to get your health back on track.
Small changes like exercise, change in diet and getting enough sleep are small things that can help improve your health and general wellbeing.
Acting operations director Patient Safety and Clinical Effectiveness Darren Horsley welcomes the health kiosk as an interactive measure for people to check their BMIs for free, and if needed go to their GP to get help.
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