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Body Mass Index (BMI)
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.
3rd - 8th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Do Something about… Eating Healthy - Day 7: Getting the Skinny on Obesity
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.
9th - 12th Health
Health: Overweight Youth
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.
9th - 12th Physical Education
What is BMI?
Students calculate their body mass index (BMI) and research BMI. In this weight and health lesson, 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.
7th - 9th Science
BMI For Kids - Body Mass Index
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. In this health lesson plan, students also track their activity for one week.
K - 5th Health
Maintain a Healthy Weight
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.
4th - 6th Health
My Personal Menu
Students examine health and weight concerns. In this health studies lesson, 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.
7th - 8th Math
Healthy Body Image: A Lesson Plan for Middle School Students
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.
6th - 9th Physical Education
Students practice finding their body fat index using a Bio Impedance Analyzer. For this body fat index lesson, students watch a PowerPoint about the BIA before analyzing their own BMI. They enter the information into a spreadsheet, create a graph, and print it for reference.
9th - 12th Health
My Personal Improvement Plan
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.
6th - 8th Health
How Much Do You Burn?
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.
Fitness Gram Brochure Project
The six categories of this fitness gram project line up with many of the state standards for fitness testing. There is a component in this project for each individual to set a goal for each of the fitness tests to be taken. In this way, they take a look at their current level of fitness and figure out what they might need to do to reach the goals for each of the tests.
8th - 12th Physical Education
From cardiovascular endurance and muscular strength to body composition, discover the primary components of fitness, as well as what factors affect them and examples of how we see these fitness components in sports today. While based on a particular course and text, this presentation contains a wealth of detailed information on the health and motor skills related to fitness.
9th - Higher Ed Physical Education