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Public Health Data Inventory

Youth BMI Surveillance Project


Background

The Youth BMI Surveillance Project was conducted for the first time in 2010 by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The data assessed the prevalence of overweight and obesity among Nebraska youth according to their Body Mass Index (BMI) values. The resulting state-level prevalence estimates can be used by schools and public health practitioners in their prevention planning and evaluation efforts. The data obtained can also be used in discussions with community leaders, policy makers, and school board members to raise awareness about the importance of preventing overweight and obesity among Nebraska youth.

Type of Data

The data are from census for point-in-time study.

Data Collection Method and Availability

DHHS collected height and weight data on Nebraska students in grades 1, 4, 7, and 10 during school year of 2010-2011 and intend to repeat the survey during 2013-2014 school year.

Related Links and Reports

Nebraska Nutrition and Activity for Health Program Home Page

2010-2011 Youth BMI Surveillance Project Report

Data Contact

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Public Health
Nutrition and Activity for Health Program
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone (402) 471-2101