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Growth Screening Program 

28 PA Code, Chapter 23.7 states "Height and weight measurement shall be conducted at least once annually and preferably twice annually. Every effort shall be made to determine the pattern of growth for each child so that his weight and heigh can be interpreted in light of his own growth pattern rather than those of his classmates."
 
NOTE: Beginning with school year 2015-16, the Department of Health BMI-for-age percentile categories will match the CDC BMI-for-age percentile categories as follows:
 
     Underweight: < 5th percentile
     Healthy Weight: 5th - < 85th percentile
     Overweight: 85th - < 95th percentile
     Obese: =/> 95th percentile
 
For schools using electronic health records or systems to calculate BMI and BMI-for-age percentile, please notify your vendors of this change. 
 
Template Letter for Parent Notification  Developed by Penn State Hershey PRO Wellness Center, this letter provides tips and resources to encourage parents to make healthy lifestyle changes for their children. For a fillable version of the letter, click here, then select "access our BMI letter" to fill out the contact form. Once submitted, an email will be received with the fillable WORD file.
 
CDC Growth Charts (Boys and Girls ages two to 20) These forms can be used to calculate student's BMI-for-Age Percentile.
 
Statistics
Public school entities are required to submit an annual report which includes aggregate totals for select chronic diseases, including asthma. Data is not available by age, grade, sex, race, or building level. This report contains county level data.

DISCLAIMER: Responsibility for data accuracy lies with the individual school entities. The Department specifically disclaims responsibility for any analyses, interpretations or conclusions made by the user.
 
 
Updated: July 17, 2016