Make Smarter Choices About Your Health

We all want to lead healthy lives.  To do so we need to first realize that our health is in our own hands.  No one else is responsible for whether we wake up to go for a run before work, resist temptation of the slice of birthday cake in the break room, or decide stay at our desks to have a working lunch instead of taking a walk for some fresh air.  Those are the decisions that we make every day at work.  It’s time to take charge of your health.  We all know that we should go for routine check-ups, get physical, drink more water, eat healthy, and maintain a healthy weight.  The big question is how?  If you take a moment to explore SmartDraw’s categories, you’ll find a wealth of information in our Healthcare Category.

Healthcare Category

The Healthcare Category contains a number of sub-categories that range from anatomy illustration diagrams to health & fitness to medical processes.  Depending on your profession or if you’re in a particular field study, you may find that a combination of these templates will prove to be valuable personally and professionally.    Although there are a number of templates that can easily be applied, this week’s spotlight will be focused on  a few of the templates you’ll find in the Health & Fitness sub-category.

Healthcare Category’s Sub-Category List* 

  • Anatomy Worksheets
  • Anatomy Illustrations
  • Cancer
  • Cardiology
  • Dentistry
  • Diabetes
  • Disorders
  • Health & Fitness
  • Injury Report
  • Intensive Outpatient
  • Medical Examination
  • Medical Processes
  • Neurology
  • OB-GYN
  • Orthopedics
  • Patient Care
  • Pediatrics

*Note: Each sub-category contains a folder of templates and sample diagrams.


SmartDraw Tip: To access the Health & Fitness sub-category, simply open SmartDraw.  In the Left Panel of the Category screen, select Healthcare.  The Health & Fitness sub-category will appear in the Category Preview and the remaining sub-categories will appear in the Left Panel as shown above.

Diagnosing Overweight and Obesity Diagram

The most common way to find out whether you’re overweight or obese is to figure out your body mass index (BMI). BMI is an estimate of body fat and a good gauge of your risk for diseases that occur with more body fat. The higher your BMI, the higher your risk of disease. BMI is calculated from your height and weight.


Food Guide Pyramid

This is a high level guide to eating healthy.  If you want to be heart healthy, avoid eating foods high in saturated fat, transfat, or cholesterol as they can lead to high blood cholesterol.  To keep your cholesterol levels down, eat foods low in saturated fat, such as lean chicken or turkey (baked or roasted, without the skin), fruits and vegetables, and low-fat or fat-free dairy products and whole grains.  To obtain a dietary guide tailored to your personal health and life style, it is best to consult your physician or take a nutrition class offered by your doctor.

food pyramid

Vitamins in Your Diet

According to the Mayo Clinic, whole foods offer three main benefits over dietary supplements:

  • Great nutrition. Whole foods are complex and contains a variety of nutrients that your body needs.  For example, an orange provided vitamin C plus beta carotene, calcium, and other nutrients.  It’s likely that these compounds work together to produce their beneficial effect.
  • Protective substances.  Fruits and vegetables naturally contain substances called phytochemicals. Studies have shown that they may help protect against cancer, heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.  They are an excellent source of antioxidants.
  • Essential fiber.  Foods such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables provide dietary fiber.  By including fiber in your healthy diet, you can help prevent certain diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Not to mention it can help manage constipation.