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Health professional lean importance of numbers
Participants in the workshop pose for a photograph. - photo by Photo provided.
It is important for people of all ages to know their numbers — blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and body mass index. These numbers are important in determining a person’s health status and any possible health risks.
The Liberty County school nutrition program recently offered a three-session class called “know your numbers,” which was sponsored by Cigna Healthcare. It was open to all Liberty County school nutrition program professionals.
The program, which consisted of three sessions, addressed the following topics:
• Session 1: What are biometric numbers? This segment included information on chronic disease in the United States, risk factors that can and cannot be controlled, learning what the basic biometric numbers mean, group activities and discussion.
• Session 2: Understanding your biometric numbers. During this segment, attendees learned the normal, healthy ranges for blood pressure, body mass index, waist circumference and interactive learning activities with materials provided for measurement purposes.
• Session 3: Knowing and improving your biometric numbers. This session was a recap of other segments — introduction to cholesterol and triglycerides; how to live a healthier life; how to learn my risk factors and biometric numbers; what can I do; what can Cigna do for you; and interactive learning activities (using the “counting carbohydrates, calories and fat” card and “learning to read nutrition labels”).
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for adults ages 35-74? It causes one death every 33 seconds in the United States. It remains the leading cause of death for both men and women. All of these facts make it especially critical for every person to know their numbers.
In addition, too much cholesterol in the blood or having high blood pressure can lead to cardiovascular or heart disease. Other major risk factors associated with CVD include smoking, poor nutrition, physical inactivity and being overweight or obese.
The participants agreed knowing their numbers was a giant step in making lifestyle improvements. The participants increased their exercising, sleep time and decreased their weight by an average of four pounds per person in a three-week time span.
Anyone who hasn’t had their cholesterol, blood sugar or blood pressure checked by a doctor recently should schedule an appointment  and learn the normal ranges for these numbers.
CIGNA Healthcare provided all course materials, workbooks and information at no charge to participants.

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