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ERIC Number: ED546844
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
Strategies for Addressing Weight Status Measurement in Schools
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Local school wellness policies (i.e., wellness policies) include suggestions and requirements to promote health. Some school districts include weight status measurement in their wellness policies for surveillance and/or screening. Surveillance monitors the percentage of students who are overweight or obese. Screening provides parents with personalized information about their child's weight status. A strong wellness policy can create a school environment that promotes activity and nutrition. Districts offering weight status measurement should have strong wellness policies to support students in maintaining a healthy weight. The following discussion highlights the extent to which public school districts have included weight status measurement as part of a comprehensive wellness policy, based on a nationally representative sample of district wellness policies from the 2011-2012 school year from the Bridging the Gap (BTG) study. This brief also summarizes the strength scores of wellness policy components by whether the policy requires a weight status provision. All policies were collected and coded by BTG researchers using a standardized method based on evidence-based guidelines and recommendations from expert organizations and agencies. School districts were identified as having a weight status measurement provision if their wellness policy required schools to measure student body mass index (BMI), body composition, or fitness through FITNESSGRAMĀ® . The wellness policy strength score for the overall policy and of individual policy components was defined by the policy coding process described in the methods document. Complete details about how these data were collected and compiled are available in the companion methods documentation (see ED546842).
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (DHHS/PHS)