GE’s Health By Numbers program encourages all employees to achieve and maintain optimal health
What is Health by Numbers 0 5 10 25?
0 5 10 25 is the quickest way to remember GE’s most important health messages: 0 is for living tobacco free; eat 5 servings of fruits or vegetables each day; walk at least 10,000 steps or get 30 minutes of aerobic activity each day; and keep your Body Mass Index (BMI) below 25. Take a moment and imagine that you are fit and healthy, feel energetic and have all the endurance you need. By following the numbers 0 5 10 25 you can turn this powerful image into a healthy reality.
0 highlights the importance of living tobacco-free. If you use tobacco products, imagine breaking your dependence and immediately getting healthier. Your use of tobacco should be 0. When we look at what it takes to live a healthy life, we find that it requires eliminating tobacco, even if it is a small part of your life. Quitting tobacco is one of the most important things you can do for your health. If you do not currently use any tobacco products, this message also pertains to you … please don’t start.
5 reminds us that we all need 5 or more servings of fruits or vegetables each day. Imagine reducing your cancer risk, displacing bad fat in your diet and enjoying the texture and color of 5 delicious servings of fruits or vegetables daily. Fresh or frozen vegetables and fruits are preferred and can be cooked or raw, but not deep-fried. By making this number, you lower your cholesterol, level out your blood sugar, improve bowel regularity, and decrease cancer risk. Fruits contain natural sugars and can satisfy the “sweet tooth” craving some people get.
10 prompts us to remember to walk 10,000 steps or exercise 30 minutes each day. Imagine a brisk, invigorating walk that covers 10,000 steps and leaves you refreshed and relaxed. Do that daily and you will move easily up the stairs and sleep soundly each night. You will live longer and cut your diabetes risk at the same time. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization agree that all people should get 30 minutes of exercise most days (but not less than 5 days per week). If exercise were a medication it would be a wonder drug without rival.
25 is the target recommended by the World Health Organization for body mass index or BMI. Imagine seeing your figure in the mirror and liking what you see — knowing that the appealing shape and size is better health looking back at you. As your Body Mass Index approaches 25 you will feel healthier and like your new energy level and appearance. Weight control is not an easy problem to tackle but there is one conclusion from all the successful weight control programs: it takes two things to increase the likelihood that weight loss or maintenance occurs — calorie control and exercise.