Elementary Health

September 4, 2014


Health is.....feeling your best physically, mentally, and socially.
Wellness is.....making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life.  

My name is Kris Thorell, and I am the new Lexington Public School K-5th grade Health teacher. I am very excited to be joining the school system, and I will be at each elementary school once a week.

We are using the "Great Body Shop" curriculum that has been utilized in years past. Along with that, I am adding in extra health information that is important and interesting to your child. One of my main goals is for not only my students to learn, but families and friends too. So, please ask your children what we are learning that week in health. Hopefully, they will be excited to share their information!

SEPTEMBER is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. During the past 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States and rates remain high. More than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) and approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2-19 years are obese. (CDC statistics). Physical activity and healthier eating choices can help us battle those numbers! 

Body mass index (BMI) is a measure used to determine childhood overweight and obesity. It is calculated using a child's weight and height. A child's weight status is determined using an age-and sex-specific percentile for BMI rather than the BMI categories used for adults because children's body composition varies as they age and varies between boys and girls. (CDC)

  • Overweight is defined as a BMI at or above the 85th percentile and lower than the 95th percentile for children of the same age and sex.
  • Obesity is defined as a BMI at or above the 95th percentile for children of the same age and sex.

**September is also National Yoga Month, so we will get a sampling of that. It's always fun and motivating to get your kids to try new activities. And you know what? Adults can try it too!