Good health starts at home. We all want to make healthy choices, but how do we get started? With everything going on in our lives, it may seem too hard to make healthy changes.
But it's not as hard as you may think. Just learn about a little about what it means eat better and move more. Then try our tips for making little changes in your home. When you're ready, try a few more. And keep making those little changes, because a little change can go a long way.
Massachusetts schools doing more to help kids stay at a healthy weight
Starting this school year all Massachusetts public schools will be measuring the height and weight of students in grades 1, 4, 7 and 10 and using those figures to calculate their Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI is a way to check if a child has a healthy weight compared to other children of the same age and sex. These results will be mailed or directly communicated to the parents or guardians of each student screened.
Children with a high BMI are more likely to become overweight or obese adults and be at a higher risk for diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. Helping children attain a healthy weight now, and stay at a healthy weight, may prevent serious illness later in life. On our pages you will find many things you can do for your family to eat better and move more.
For more information about BMI screening in schools please visit our School Health Screening page.
This information is provided by the Department of Public Health.