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Kingsbrook Offers FREE BMI/Obesity Screenings on March 9th


Kingsbrook's Best Health School will provide FREE BMI & Obesity screenings on March 9th from 11:00-1:00pm in the Briger Lobby of the medical center. The event is easily acesed from Winthrop Street between Schenectady Avenue & 49th Street.

The World Health Organziation defines Body mass index (BMI) as a measure of body fat based on your weight in relation to your height, and applies to most adult men and women aged 20 and over. For children aged 2 and over, BMI percentile is the best assessment of body fat.

BMI does not measure body fat directly. However, research indicates that BMI correlates to direct measures of body fat such as underwater weighing and dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA), and is considered an inexpensive and easy-to-perform alternative for these.

Overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health. Body mass index (BMI) is a simple index of weight-for-height that is commonly used to classify overweight and obesity in adults. It is defined as a person's weight in kilograms divided by the square of his height in meters.

"Over 26% of our community members are obese. It's very importanty to understand when you are at risk so that behaviors and unhealthy practices can be changed." says Enid Dillard, Director of Marketing & Public Affairs.

No appointment is needed for screenings. For more information please call Kingsbrook's Community Information Line at 718-604-5062.