The height and weight of each student in grades K-12 is measured annually. These numbers are then used to calculate the student's BMI (body mass index) which must be reported to the parent/guardian in writing annually.
Being either overweight or underweight can put a person at risk for certain health problems. A student who is overweight has an increased risk of developing serious conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and certain cancers. A student who is underweight has an increased risk for heart problems, loss of bone mass, and anemia. Underweight may also be a sign of an underlying eating disorder.
Many factors, including sports participation or family history, can influence height and weight in children and adolescents. BMI should be considered a screening tool and not a definitive measure of overweight and obesity as the indicator does have limitations. Your child's health care provider is the best person to determine if your child's measurements are within a normal range for your child.
BMI letters will be sent via encrypted email from SNAP Health Center. A password will be sent the first time an email is sent from SNAP Health Center. Please keep this password. You will continue to use the same password every year and for every child in your family.