First Body Mass Reports to go Home with Students Today

APRIL 12, 2004 - Posted at 7:41 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The first body mass index reports for Arkansas school children are set to be released to parents today by the Arkansas Center for Health Improvements.  Students in Arkadelphia were the first in the state to have their information completed under a new law requiring schools to keep body mass statistics.

The reports will include each student's body fat calculation based on height and weight.  Arkadelphia High School principal Odas Parson says the school intends to keep the information as private as possible.  Statistics from the National Institute of Health show that one in four Arkansas teenagers is overweight or at risk of becoming overweight.

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