Student Growth Measurement Program
A main goal of the Wellness Program is to reduce amount of kids in our school district who are overweight or obese by 5% by the end of the 2017 school year. In order to measure our progress, we collect the height and weight of students in PK, K, 1, 3, 5, 7, & 9 every year in the fall during the annual hearing and vision screening.
To maintain student privacy, all measurements are collected in a confidential manner. Names, birth dates, and any other identifiers are separated from the data when it is sent to the Department of Health and Social Services. The DHSS compiles, computes, and organizes the data so that we can track our progress toward our goal of increasing the percentage of healthy weight students.
This data is important to our district as it informs us on the effectiveness of our Wellness Program and if our efforts need to be increased. It is also used by the DHS to assess the health of the communities of Alaska so they can use their resources to our benefit and to improve the health and wellness of our State.
All data is treated in a confidential and professional way. The privacy and well-being of the students is our top priority. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call Emily at 228-0434.
At a population-based level, BMI is the simplest, non-invasive, affordable way to measure obesity prevalence in a large population.
What is the benefit of conducting height and weight measurements in Alaska students?
We have to understand the problem to fix it. Measuring the heights and weights of thousands of students across Alaska helps us identify the percentage of children who are at risk for weight-related health problems. If we didn't collect those measurements, we wouldn't know how significant childhood obesity is in Alaska.
Because of this, we know that childhood obesity is very significant. About one out of three children in Alaska are overweight or obese.
We continue to collect these measurements as part of our evaluation. This ensures that the services the program is providing are contributing to a decline in childhood obesity and improving the lives of Alaskans.
- Evaluation helps determine if the program is being fiscally responsible with public dollars and reaching the intended population.
- When evaluation determines a service is working, we bolster our efforts. If evaluation determines a service is not working, we change and improve the program.