While I’m sure this effort will help some, I feel like just taking the BMI of the children each year is not enough. You need to develop programming that encourages healthy food and exercise in your school. Not only that, how about the parents? How will they be involved, and how will they influence their child’s BMI. Don’t even get me started about the environmental conditions that might exist!
FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky State Board of Education recently approved a proposal that would require schools to calculate and record a child’s body mass index.The approval comes after research into the growing problem of childhood obesity. Kentucky ranked third in the nation in the number of children ages 10 to 17 considered obese, according to a 2010 study by Trust for America’s Health.Senator Denise Harper Angel, D-Louisville, sponsored the legislation (Senate Bill 39) focusing on reducing childhood obesity and improving the health of Kentucky’s youth through BMI screenings. “I am very pleased to see the state school board taking the initiative with BMI screenings,” Harper Angel said. “We need to address the growing epidemic of childhood obesity now to get our children on a better health path.”The new regulation would go into effect in the 2012-2013 school year. The screenings would be made during a student’s annual exam in preschool through fifth grade and at least once in middle and high school.