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Body mass index measurement in schools; BMI : excecutive summary
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    National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (U.S.), Division of Adolescent and School Health. ; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.) ;
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    "Measuring the body mass index (BMI) of students in schools is an approach to address obesity that is attracting much attention across the nation from researchers, school officials, legislators, and the media. In 2005, the Institute of Medicine called upon the federal government to develop guidance for BMI measurement programs in schools. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention produced 'Body Mass Index Measurement in Schools' to describe the purpose of school-based BMI surveillance and screening programs, examine current practices, and review research on BMI measurement programs. The article summarizes the recommendations of experts, identifies concerns surrounding programs, and outlines needs for future research. Guidance is provided on specific safeguards that need to be addressed before schools decide to collect BMI information."

    Executive summary of an article published in Journal of school health. 2007;77(10):651-671.

    Nihiser AJ, Lee SM, Wechsler H, McKenna M, Odom E, Reinold C, Thompson D, Grummer-Strawn L. Body Mass Index Measurement in Schools. Journal of School Health. 2007;77(10):651-671.

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