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Kingsbrook Offers Obesity & BMI Screenings April 13th

03/14/2018

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.