SFH starts 2014 in a healthy way

By Intisar Seraaj-Sabree
Communications Specialist
Seraaj Family Homes, Inc.

akmal-healthSeraaj Family Homes, Inc.’s (SFH) regional office in Montgomery, Alabama received a courtesy visit today from the local Jackson Hospital to check employees’ Body Mass Index (BMI) and their blood pressure.

As we are coming out of the holiday season and entering the new year, today presented itself as the perfect opportunity to check everyone’s health status at SFH. Any SFH employee interested in checking their health status was greeted by a representative  from Jackson Hospital between 9-11 a.m. The representative checked to see if each person’s blood pressure was average and to check for a proportionate BMI.
It is important to check your blood pressure regularly, depending on your average blood pressure reading. (Ask your physician how often he or she recommends.) If your blood pressure is high, it is putting extra strain on your arteries and on your heart. The higher your blood pressure, the higher your risk for health problems is in the future. High blood pressure can lead to heart attacks, a stroke, kidney disease or dementia, among other issues.
Also an indicator of possible future health risks if too high or too low, BMI  is also important to check regularly. BMI is calculated
based on a person’s height and weight proportions; thus, it measures body fat. If your BMI is too low, or below 18.5, then it could be an indicator that you are malnourished. If your BMI is too high, or above 25.0, then it could be an indicator that you are obese and have a higher risk for certain cancers, stroke or heart disease, among other health issues.
We at SFH encourage everyone to take care of their health by exercising, eating healthy and having regular health checkups. Start 2014 on the right foot by improving your bad health or maintaining your good health.
Visit www.webmd.com  to learn how to calculate your BMI, what a good BMI reading is and what your BMI score tells you. Also visit their site to learn how to take your own blood pressure, how often to get it checked, what an average and poor blood pressure reading is, and what a blood pressure reading tells you.