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How do you calculate your Body Mass Index, and why is this information a valuable indicator of health? Your class members will discover not only what BMI is and practice calculating it using the height and weight of six fictitious individuals, but in the process they will also learn valuable skills of interpreting information, analyzing data, and drawing conclusions based on evidence.
Students plug in their height and weight information into an online body mass index calculator, and hear a healthy message depending on if they are underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese. For this health lesson plan, students also track their activity for one week.
Lesson 7 from Do Something, Inc. of their Eating Healthy unit focuses on BMI - body mass index. There is a link for your learners to calculate where they fall on the BMI spectrum. They can click on the website and enter their birthdate and current weight. Using this information, a calculation will be made. This might help kids think a little more about their eating and exercising habits. Perhaps they will even consider making changes to their lifestyle. 
Young scholars calculate their body mass index (BMI) and research BMI. In this weight and health lesson plan, students measure their height and weight and use the BMI formula from the CDC website to calculate their BMI. They research BMI, how it relates to chronic health problems, and their own BMI status.
Students study body mass index and how to calculate it to analyze their weight. They discuss risk factors for heart disease, ways to burn calories, and healthy ways to lose weight. After viewing slides, they discuss tips to losing weight, how to calculate BMI, and determine a healthy weight range.
Students construct the Metric Pyramid from the handout. They use the Metric Pyramid to convert from standard to metric measure and vice versa. They compute their own Body Mass Index.
Students examine health and weight concerns.  In this health studies instructional activity, students use their BMI and BMR calculations to determine weight gain, loss, or maintenance goals.  Students use formulas to determine the appropriate amount of calories needed to reach their goal.  Based on their personal goals, students create a diet plan for the week and track their weight loss, gain, or maintenance.
First graders calculate their class weight. In this nutrition lesson, 1st graders discuss health statistics and how they relate to obesity and malnutrition. Students measure their height, weight and body mass index and record it.
Young scholars explore body mass index, calculate theirs, compare theirs to Canadian guidelines, and discuss possible reasons for being underweight.
Investigate the primary causes for the increase in overweight youth and discover its impact on the health care system. After watching segments from the Bill Moyers Now program, your students develop campaigns to implement in school that combat obesity and promote physical activity.
A 10 week project to track heart rate through physical activity. This lesson recommends using a heart rate monitor but if these are not available to use that's ok. The goal is to monitor, track, and analyze their heart rate in running one mile daily. There are worksheets to fill out, data to look at, and goals to set while taking a look at what it means to create a healthy lifestyle.
Students investigate what is necessary to design a personal improvement plan including making web using software. They research the meaning of Body Mass Index and how to measure it before accessing assigned web sites that discuss health and fitness for teenagers and writing a personal improvement plan. Finally, they discuss what they assimilated through the process.
Young scholars investigate the importance interpreting formulas. For this algebra lesson, students calculate their percentages of body fat and use it to make better nutritional intake decision. They learn healthier ways to-eat and reduce their BMI.
Body Mass Index calculator measures the amount of body fat based on height and weight.
Students discover their body weight and composition. In this health lesson, students use a body mass indicator to identify their percentage of body fat. Students develop an exercise plan and record progress throughout a month.
Class members participate in a discussion, read a newspaper article, and participate in activities meant to open their eyes to the problem of obesity in the US. There are resource links, electronic worksheets, and teacher's notes to help you implement the lesson plan in class. This is a terrific tool for encouraging a healthy balance between diet and exercise, as well as practice in building scientific literacy!
Sixth graders discover their weight relative to the other children in their class. They determine how many calories they burn through exercise and compare it with their classmates. Using the internet, they calculate their body mass index and organize their information on a spreadsheet.
This is a very valuable lesson for middle schoolers on the importance of maintaining a healthy body image through diet, exercise, and positive mentality. The resource includes four lesson plans. The first two plans outline the physical growth and development of adolescents (changes in height, weight, and weight distribution) and prompts learners to question the ideal body image projected in advertisements and in the media. The last two lesson plans consider the major tenets of healthy diet and activity.
In this English worksheet, students read "Models Under 16 Banned in London," and then respond to 1 essay, 47 fill in the blank, 7 short answer, 20 matching, and 8 true or false questions about the selection.
Students calculate their BMI and compare it to a healthy weight chart.  In this health lesson, students compare the perception of overweight with healthy weight charts. Students interpret collected data and evaluate their own weight status.  

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