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.