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Weight Management for WII

Service members can face many challenges during their recovery process from a wound, injury, or illness. Reaching or maintaining a healthy weight can be one of them. Sailors and Marines may become concerned with a healthy weight if their injury or illness affects their diet and/or activity level. Unhealthy weight is not just having extra pounds, it can also mean being below your ideal weight. Being over- or underweight can impact your ability to heal and recover. Weight management is the ability to balance the calories you take in with the calories used each day to stay at a healthy weight. You can gain and lose weight in many different ways. However, a diet packed with high nutrition for fueling and an active lifestyle are important to weight management, as well as critical to recovery, quality of life, fitness level, and the body’s ability to function optimally. [1,2] In this section, we introduce the basics of weight management along with resources and strategies to assist you.

Understanding the Basics of Weight

Healthy Weight for WII Fact Sheet Series

Getting Started

Determining Your Caloric Needs

Challenges and Adjustments to a Healthy Weight

Getting Connected

Additional Information and Tools

1. Denton, Carolyn. What Do Specific Foods Do? University of Minnesota-Taking Charge of Your Health and Wellbeing. http://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/explore-healing-practices/food-medicine/what-do-specific-foods-do. Published March 2009. Accessed 15 May 2014.

2. Weir, K. The Exercise Effect. American Psychological Association. Monitor on Psychology. http://www.apa.org/monitor/2011/12/exercise.aspx Published December 2011, Vol 42, No. 11. Accessed 9 May 2014.