BMI (Body Mass Index) Screening at RCS

BMI screening will take place in Grades 1 & 4 during the next 2 weeks. Information about BMI screening, nutrition and physical activity, will be sent home with Grade 1 & 4 students. This information will answer questions you may have about the screening and provide ideas how to promote healthy nutrition and physical activity for all children and families.
A BMI is a measure used to show a person’s weight for height and age. It is calculated using an individual’s height and weight. Just like a person’s blood pressure or eye screening it is a tool that is useful to determine possible health risks.
The purpose of the program is to provide information to you about your child’s health. In the Athol-Royalston Regional School District we are compelled to comply with the state regulations (M.G.L. Chapter 71, Section 57 and 105 CMR 200.00) requiring us to conduct a comprehensive health screening for our students, including the BMI screening.
The school nurse will conduct these screenings and your child’s privacy will be respected at all times. All health information is strictly confidential. Results will not be mailed home, as in previous years, due to a change in the regulation. The results of the health screening will be kept in your child’s school health record and is available to you upon request.
The BMI does not tell the whole story about your child’s health. BMI does not distinguish between fat and muscle. For example, if a child is very athletic and has a lot of muscle, his or her BMI may be high even though not overweight. That is why we encourage you to share the results of the screening with your health care provider. Your child’s doctor is in the best position to evaluate his or her overall health.

Additional information about children’s wellness and fitness as muscle food codes and more is available at:
http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/com-health/school/reduce-bmi-fact-sheet.pdf.
http://www.mass.gov/massinmotion/.
http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/childrens_bmi about_childrens_bmi.html.