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DoDEA Health and Wellness Program: Resources for Parents

office-2col-parentsHow can I tell if my child is overweight or obese?
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends the use of Body Mass Index (BMI) to screen for overweight and obesity in children and teens aged 2 through 19 years.

What is BMI?
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a child's weight and height. BMI is a reliable indicator of body fatness for most children and teens.




How is BMI used?
BMI is used as a screening tool to identify possible weight problems for children. Although BMI is used to screen, it is not a diagnostic tool.



The CDC's guidelines for measuring childrens height and weight at home
To measure height accurately at home to calculate BMI-for-age.
The Centers for Diesease Control (CDC) BMI calculator
his calculator provides BMI and the corresponding BMI-for-age percentile on a CDC BMI-for-age growth chart. Use this calculator for children and teens, aged 2 through 19 years old.

Choose the Right Foods

  • Choosing Foods for Your Family
    GO, SLOW, and WHOA Foods An easy way to learn about which foods are lower in fat and calories is to think in terms of GO, SLOW, and WHOA. Downloadable charts, fun family recipes, tips for eating out, and much much more are all available from the US Department of Health and Human Services National Heart Lung and Blood Institute's GO SLOW WHOA website.
  • WE CAN! Families Find a Balance: A Parent Handbook
    As a family, We Can! be more successful in adopting healthy choices and making changes. It's hard to make changes on your own. Creating family habits around smart eating and physical activity can make it easier for everyone to maintain a healthy weight.
  • National Wild Life Federation Eight Outdoor Activities for Families
  • Eat Smart, Play Hard USDA
    This site is specifically designed for parents and caregivers to provide information to help you eat better, be more physically active and be a role model for your kids.
  • Military Installations
    Use this website to select a branch of service, then search for comprehensive, up-to-date information about the support services on any military installation, including the installation youth services program.
  • AAFES Operation BeFit:
    At this site find lots of good ideas for the whole family to become and remain physically fit.
  • DECA has created five back-to-school brown bag lunch recommendations for promotion in commissaries during the month of September. This site provides information and suggestions regarding weight loss, getting in shape, and maintaining good health.