Program targets obesity in children

By Dallas Duncan

Obese ChildrenSchool nurses in Hall County want to do more to prevent childhood obesity and Type II diabetes this year.

“We’re doing a program called (School Nurse Childhood Obesity Prevention Education),” said Mamie Coker, health services coordinator for Hall County schools. “We take height, weight and (body mass index) and determine who is at risk.”

“At risk” means having a BMI of 85 percent or above, which indicates a child could be obese or develop Type II diabetes, Coker said.

SCOPE is part of a new wellness initiative sponsored by the United Health Group, Coker said.

School nurses are partnering with nursing students from North Georgia College & State University throughout September to administer the SCOPE program.

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