New York - Preventive health screenings in ES—BMI: Standards

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State law addresses body mass index screening or requires height AND weight measurement.

Education Consolidated Laws Section 903

Each such certificate shall also state the student’s body mass index (BMI) and weight status category. For purposes of this section, BMI is computed as the weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters or the weight in pounds divided by the square of height in inches multiplied by a conversion factor of 703.

Public Health Consolidated Laws Section 2599-B

  1. The childhood obesity prevention program shall include, but not be limited to:
    • (g) developing screening programs in coordination with health care providers and institutions including but not limited to day care centers and schools for overweight and obesity for children aged two through eighteen years, using body mass index (BMI) appropriate for age and gender, and notification, in a manner protecting the confidentiality of such children and their families, of parents of BMI status, and explanation of the consequences of such status, including recommended actions parents may need to take and information about resources and referrals available to families to enhance nutrition and physical activity to reduce and prevent obesity.
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