COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio health officials are urging families with children to eat better and get more exercise after finding 1 in 3 schoolchildren screened last year was overweight or obese.
The finding came from Body Mass Index, or BMI, screenings from 213 school districts across the state participating in the new program.
They tested students in kindergarten, third, fifth and ninth grades. The review found the highest percentage of overweight and obesity among 9th graders. Nearly 4 percent of kindergarteners were underweight.
State Sen. Eric Kearney , who pushed for the screenings, said Ohio families should consider trying to reduce the sugary drinks and snack foods kids receive.
State Health Director Ted Wymyslo said results should be viewed cautiously since 686 school districts opted out of screenings.