Broward County School District BMI Screening Procedure BMI Screening Procedure BMI stands for Body Mass Index. We used to call this “Heights and Weights” before the year 2000. BMI’s recognize the different growth patterns among the many different ethnicities of children in the U.S.A. BMI Screening Procedure Grades to be screened are: 1,3 and 6. BMI Screening results must be entered into terms for each student Data from our Broward County Schools BMI’s will assist the U.S. Center for Disease Control in fighting the growing problem of childhood obesity. Getting ready for BMI Screening: • For 1st Graders - copy a sufficient number of BMI Growth Charts or order BMI Growth Charts from Printing Department. • Use pink paper for girls and blue paper for boys to assure that the correct BMI Growth Chart is used. Getting ready for BMI screening: • For 3rd and 6th Graders - collect BMI Growth Charts started in 1st Grade from the students’ cumulative records. • Continue using the same BMI Growth Chart in 3rd Grade and then, 6th Grade. Taking student heights: Use of the height bar on a clinic balance scale is NOT recommended; it is not accurate because the scale platform sinks when the child stands on it. Taking student heights It’s not pretty, but it’s accurate! Taking student heights In a private location, Tape 2 yardsticks to a wall, Or, a measuring tape for 1st Graders…3rd and 6th Graders will be too tall for a standard measuring tape! Taking student heights Have student remove shoes. Have student stand with their back against the wall. Place a ruler or other flat object at the top of student’s head to make it easier to read the measurement. Taking student heights Record height on student’s BMI Growth Chart on line under “Stature”. Record height to the nearest 1/8th inch or 0.1 centimeter Taking student weights Place scale in a private location. Student’s weight must be kept confidential. Taking student weights A clinic balance scale or an electronic digital scale may be used. An inexpensive electronic digital scale is ok to use, and will be easier to read, as well as easier to move. Do NOT use an old fashioned spring balance scale. Taking student weights Have student remove shoes. Have student stand on scale. Taking student weights Record weight on BMI Growth Chart to the nearest 1/4 pound or 0.1 kilogram. English or Metric? Either is okay. Accuracy of the measurement is the most important thing! Finding the BMI • A variety of different methods are available to find the student’s BMI using the student’s height and weight. • Make sure to use only a Children’s BMI calculation method. An Adult calculation method will make your BMI results incorrect. Finding the BMI number • Print the 19 page BMI Table found on Health Education Services website on www.browardschools.com • Find the student’s BMI by locating the student’s height and weight on the table. Finding the BMI number • Use a BMI Wheel - all Broward County public schools were given one by the Broward County Health Department in 2008. The BMI Wheels are usually kept in the school clinic. • Match the student’s height and weight on the wheel and find the BMI number in the window. Finding the BMI number • Go online to www.cdc.gov and find the Child and Teen BMI Calculator. • Enter the student’s height, weight, birth date, and date the measurements were taken. The BMI number will be automatically calculated. Finding the BMI number • There’s an app for that! • There is a Children’s BMI Calculator application for web enabled cell phones. You will need the student’s height, weight and age. Recording the BMI Place a large dot on the BMI Growth Chart at the point where the BMI number and the student’s age intersect. If BMI is between 5% and 85%: Place the BMI Growth Chart in the student’s cumulative record (in the health folder). This student is a healthy weight. If BMI is below 5%: Send these 3 forms to student’s parent/guardian: BMI Referral Letter, BMI Referral Resources List, And, a copy of the BMI Growth Chart This student is underweight. If BMI is between 85 and 95%: Send these 3 forms to student’s parent/guardian: BMI Referral Letter, BMI Referral Resources List, And a copy of the BMI Growth Chart. This student is overweight. If BMI is above 95%: Send these 3 forms to student’s parent/guardian: BMI Referral Letter, BMI Referral Resources List, and Copy of BMI Growth Chart. This student is obese. The BMI Referral Letter must be signed by parent/guardian and by healthcare provider. The BMI Referral Letter must be returned to school to complete the referral process. The returned BMI Referral Letter and the student’s BMI Growth Chart are to be placed in the student’s cumulative record (in health folder). Reporting the BMI • Fill out the BMI Screening Results Summary found on the Health Education Services website on www.browardschools.com • Send results to Health Education Services, KC Wright Building. • Results should be sent as soon as your school finishes taking BMI’s. BMI results are due in late April every year. Refer to the Principal’s Memo Health Packet (the PMP) for the exact due date this school year. Reporting the BMI • Each school must enter each 1st, 3rd or 6th Grade student’s BMI results into terms on the AO6 Health Panel. Reporting the BMI • 3 Results items need to be entered into terms: • First BMI Results AO6 Health panel line: – Y = student is a healthy weight (5%-85%), – N = student is a referral, – U = unable to screen student, or – P = Parent requests no screening be done Reporting the BMI • Second BMI Results AO6 Health panel line: – Date when height and weight was taken. Reporting the BMI • Third BMI Results AO6 Health panel line: – 0521 = student is a healthy weight (5% to 85%) – 0522 = student is underweight (below 5%) – 0523 = student is overweight (85% to 95%) – 0524 = student is obese (Over 95%) Good Luck with your BMI Screenings! Please contact Health Education Services Department with questions about the BMI Screenings.
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