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Missoula County BMI Project and Research

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Let's Move! Missoula is rooted in research that empowers us to understand the issue of childhood obesity and more specifically the health disparities and barriers to health within our community. Through national research and local data, we devise strategies to improve the health of all kids and residents. 

Missoula County BMI Surveillance Project

LM!M has collected the body mass index (BMI) measurements from third graders in Missoula County for 9 years. The Missoula County BMI Surveillance Project tracks our population's health. It is not used for individual diagnostic or screening. Measurements are completely anonymous and children may opt out. The CDC recommends BMI for population health. 

2017-2018 BMI Report

2016-2017 School Year

2015-2016 School year

2014-2015 School Year
2008-2014 Summary Report
2010-2011 School Year

2009-2010 School Year
2008-2009 School Year


Here is just some of the research that has informed our work:

Physical Activity in School Settings

Active Education: Growing Evidence on Physical Activity & Academic Performance, Active Living Research
Educating the Student Body, Institute of Medicine
FIT KidsPreventive Medicine
How Investing in PE Yields Higher Achievers, Enhanced PE Task Force of Illinois
Preparing Educators to Promote and Provide Physical Activity in the SchoolsAmerican Journal of Lifestyle Medicine
Schools and Physical Activity: A Functional Relationship, University of Texas at Austin
Supporting Physical Activity in School, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Youth Physical Activity: The Role of Schools, Centers for Disease Control

General Physical Activity

Physical Activity Guidelines, Office of Disease Prevention & Health Promotion

Creating a Healthy Place

Can Neighborhood Parks and Playgrounds Help Fight Childhood Obesity?, Oxford University Press
Childhood Obesity and Proximity to Urban Parks and Recreational Resources, Active Living Research
Parks and Recreation Programs Help Reduce Childhood Obesity, UC Berkeley Policy Brief


Teen Pregnancy Increases Obesity Risk, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation