Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center’s Best Health School is gearing
up for the Spring months with education and screenings events that speak
to advancing the health and wellness of the community. On April 16th from
11:00-2:00pm, Kingsbrook will be providing free screenings and education
about BMI and Obesity. The screening event will take place in the Briger
lobby easily accessed on Winthrop Street between Schenectady Avenue and
49th Street. No appointment is needed.
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measurement of a person’s weight with
respect to his or her height. It is more of an indicator than a direct
measurement of a person’s total body fat. Overweight is a BMI of
27.3 or more for women and 27.8 or more for men. Obesity is a BMI of 30
or more for either sex (about 30 pounds overweight).
In central Brooklyn, obesity is higher than in the Brooklyn overall, with
the instances for diabetes, heart disease and stroke being higher in this
region as well. Kingsbrook’s BMI screening helps educate participants
about where they falling within these metrics and how these related conditions
“Obesity is a precursor to a number of chronic diseases that are
preventable,” says Enid Dillard, Director of Marketing and Public
Affairs at Kingsbrook. “Diabetes, heart disease and stroke are all
in this category and can be avoided by maintaining weight and staying
aware of our personal health indicators.
The Best Health School provides early detection and education for the community
year-round, providing CPR training and wellness education such as diabetes
prevention, heart care, stroke care, pain management and medication management
to name a few.
For more information on our monthly screening schedule for 2018, visit
our website at
www.kingsbrook.org under Community Programs & Events or call 718-604-5062.