Body Mass Index Assessment: Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

 Goal

This course is designed to equip healthcare providers and ancillary staff with the knowledge and tools to measure body mass index in children and youth with special health care needs.

The goals of the course are:

  • All children in Iowa, regardless of disability or special health care need, will have their body mass index assessed yearly per the American Academy of Pediatrics Guidelines. 
  • Body mass index assessment of all Iowa children and youth with special health care needs will be conducted in a safe and accurate manner.

Intended Audience

The intended audience for this course is school nurses, dietitians, primary physicians, medical residents, pediatricians, nurses in clinical setting, and anyone who may need a skill to measure body mass index in children and youth with the special health care needs.

Length

The length of time for participants to take this course is estimated to be two hours.

Course Content

The following are the topics that will be covered in this course:

  • Module 1: Overview of BMI Assessment: Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
  • Module 2: Weighing the Child with Special Health Care Needs
  • Module 3: Measuring Height in the Child with Special Health Care Needs
  • Module 4: Managing Behavior while Measuring BMI in the Child with Special Health Care Needs

Script and narration for the presentation is prepared by Stephany Mottet. There is a post-test at the end of the course. You have to score 80% or higher on the post-test to receive a certificate of completion.

Acknowledgement

The following organizations collaborated on the development of this course: Iowans Fit for Life, Bureau of Nutrition and Health Promotion, Iowa Department of Public Health, Child Health Specialty Choice (CHSC), University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, University of Iowa Health Care, and the Upper Midwest Public Health Training Center (UMPHTC).