Growth Screening (BMI)
All students will be weighed and measured yearly in accordance with the PA state mandates. Starting in the 2005-2006 school year, the Pennsylvania Department of Health requires school districts to begin calculating Body Mass Index (BMI). This request is a result of the increased prevalence of overweight and underweight conditions in our population, especially our children. These conditions are associated with the development of chronic illnesses during adulthood including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and certain cancers.
The Cornwall-Lebanon School District is now posting each student's BMI in the Health Information in our Skyward Family Access. This page is to assist in interpreting that data and provide additional resources for a healthy body.
Use the BMI Percentile from your child's Health Information, Physical tab, to check their "Weight Status Category" using the chart below:
Weight Status Category Percentile Range
Less than the 5th percentile
5th percentile to less than the 85th percentile
85th to less than the 95th percentile
Equal to our greater than the 95th percentile
If your child is not in the healthy weight category, it is recommended that you schedule a visit with his/her health care provider and share these results.
What are the health risks of being overweight or obese?
- Increased risk of being overweight or obese as an adult
- Increased risk for problems such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma, high blood pressure and poor self-esteem
Here are some suggestions for your family to reach and/or maintain a healthy weight:
- Get up, get moving and limit screen time.
- Serve water instead of drinks with added sugar
- Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables every day
- Visit the CDC Website for Assessing BMI or contact your school nurse.