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 ニューヨーク市外の公立学校の生徒の体重とBMIを収集し報告することを義務づけた法律が今月発効した。学校に出席するのに必要な学生健康証明書を医師が発行する時に、測定が必要となる。
 2004年の調査で3年生の21%が肥満だった。2007年12月現在、12の州で学生のBMI報告がなされている。いくつかのニューヨーク市立学校は、「フィットネスの文化」を促進するようにデザインされたプログラムを通してこの2年の間独自に同様なデータを収集しているという。今回約1000の学校がこのプログラムに参加することになる。
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N.Y. Begins Tracking Obesity Levels in Some Schools
Officals Hope Measuring BMI Will Make for Slimmer Student Body
By VALERIE BAUMAN
The Associated Press
Sept. 3, 2008
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Diet/story?id=5718782&page=1

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - As New York students return to public schools this year, some will find themselves asked to step up to the scale.

画像Beginning this year, New York schools will be keeping track of obesity rates among students in some schools. Education officials hope the move will allow positive steps in the area of diet and exercise that will help brings obese students' weight down. Collapse
(Getty Images)

Legislation passed in 2007 goes into effect this month, requiring public schools outside of New York City to collect and report a summary of students' weights and body mass indexes as part of an effort to combat childhood obesity.

"Whatever you can measure, you can improve," said Dr. Richard Daines, the state health commissioner. "By requiring the measurement of body mass index, I think we'll see some improvement."

Doctors will now be required to test students when they come in for a student health certificate - which is mandatory for attendance at New York schools. The information will be reported to schools, creating a set of data that will allow health officials to evaluate obesity levels based on geography.

"We'll have a much better sense of the distribution of the problem (and) if there are areas that have more of a problem," Daines said.

The information will be confidential and collected at school entry and in second, fourth, seventh and 10th grades.

The data will be passed on to the state Department of Health unless parents ask to have the information excluded.

A 2004 health survey of New York third-graders found that 21 percent were obese.

The body mass index reporting requirement was pilot tested during the last school year with voluntary participation by 97 schools.

As of December 2007, 12 other states had some version of student BMI reporting: Arkansas, Texas, California, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

Some New York City schools have been independently collecting similar data for the past two years through a program designed to promote a "culture of fitness," said Maibe Gonzalez Fuentes, a spokeswoman for the New York City Department of Education. Now about 1,000 schools participate in the program, which collects BMI information and provides students and parents with information about their health.


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