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BE HEALTHY! Know your Body Mass Index
      By: Ronaldo V. Mendoza, MD, MBA in Health

Communicable diseases are transmitted from one person to another in various ways including contact with blood and bodily fluids, breathing in an airborne virus; or by being bitten by an insect.

It is important to report cases of communicable diseases and seek medical assistance to prevent spread of the disease. The application of appropriate medical therapy and the detection of source outbreaks are essential.

How these diseases spread depends on the specific disease or infectious agent. Some ways in which communicable diseases spread are by:

- physical contact with an infected person, such as through touch (staphylococcus), sexual intercourse (gonorrhea, HIV), fecal/oral transmission (hepatitis A), or droplets (influenza, TB)
- contact with a contaminated surface or object (Norwalk virus), food (salmonella, E. coli), blood (HIV, hepatitis B), or water (cholera);
- bites from insects or animals capable of transmitting the disease (mosquito: malaria and yellow fever; flea: plague); and
- travel through the air, such as tuberculosis or measles.

List of common communicable diseases:

• Flu (Influenza or common colds)
• Viral Hepatitis
• Measles
• Mumps
• Pertussis
• Rabies
• Sexually Transmitted Diseases
• Scabies
• Tuberculosis
• Varicella
• Viral Conjunctivitis

How to protect yourself and prevent spread of communicable diseases.

• Handle & Prepare Food Safely
• Wash Hands Often
• Clean & Disinfect Commonly Used Surfaces
• Cough & Sneeze Into Your Sleeve
• Don't Share Personal Items
• Get Vaccinated
• Avoid Touching Wild Animals
• Stay Home When Sick

It is important to seek clearance from a medical professional before going back to work to ensure that communicable diseases are not spread in the workplace.


    Calculate Your Body Mass Index

BMI stands for Body Mass Index. It is important to know what your BMI does and does not indicate about your weight, health and lifestyle choices. Your BMI is calculated from your height and weight. It is a fairly reliable indicator of body fat for most adults, with athletes and the elderly being two exceptions. BMI is an inexpensive alternative to direct measurements of body fat, such as underwater weighing, but it is only one of many factors that you and your health-care provider should use in evaluating your health status.

How is BMI used?
BMI is used as a screening tool to identify possible weight problems for adults. However, BMI is not a diagnostic tool. For example, a person may have a high BMI. However, to determine if excess weight is a health risk, a healthcare provider would need to perform further assessments. These assessments might include skinfold thickness measurements, evaluations of diet, physical activity, family history, and other appropriate health screenings.