2009 Student Research Conference:
22nd Annual Student Research Conference

A Comparative Analysis of Health Knowledge or Healthy Lifestyle Choices on Children's BMIs
Megan E. Laughter* and Karli R. Kerr
Prof. Pamela Gardner, Faculty Mentor

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey conducted a study about childhood obesity. Data showed that between the years of 1976-1980 and 2003-2006 obesity rates in children 6-11 years old increased from 6.5% to 17%. According to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion more than 95% of school aged children attend school regularly. The amount of time that students spend in school affords them unique opportunities to impact lifestyle choices. The data we collected was comparatively analyzed to determine the correlation between children's BMIs or their health knowledge and choices. This information can be used by school districts to determine how to spend their limited resources to improve the rising obesity problem. The purpose of this study is to determine whether knowledge or choice correlates most strongly with an individual's BMI. This research was done in coordination with a rural K-12 public school district.

Keywords: BMI, Knowledge, Choice, Nutrition, School

Health Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 27-1
Location: VH 1236
Time: 9:45

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