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Fit Kids First is a new initiative hosted by WTAJ News Anchor Carolyn Donaldson. Fit Kids First focuses on the health and well-being of children across Central Pennsylvania. Join Carolyn every Monday on WTAJ News at 5:30 p.m.

Have a Fit Kids First tip or story idea? Email Carolyn at cdonaldson@wtajtv.com.

Fit Kids First

Why Be Fit?

There are a million reasons why you should be fit- you'll feel great with more energy, you'll build a healthy heart and strong muscles, and you'll have fun becoming fit by finding new activities you can enjoy with friends, family, or on your own!  WTAJ's Fit Kids First program, sponsored by Altoona First Savings Bank, is here to help you learn more about what it takes to get fit and give you the tools to stay fit!

Body Mass Index

Know Your BMI

FYI, your BMI is PDI.

Huh? Would you like a translation? Here it is: For your information (FYI), your body mass index (BMI) is pretty darn important (PDI).

Did you know you had a BMI? Body mass index is a calculation that uses your height and weight to estimate how much body fat you have. Too much body fat is a problem because it can lead to illnesses and other health problems. BMI, although not a perfect method for judging someone's weight, is often a good way to check on how a kid is growing.

Calculate Your BMI

The best way to determine your BMI is to have your doctor do it for you. That way, you'll know the number is accurate and your doctor can discuss the result with you. If you're interested, you also can figure out your BMI on your own.

To use Preferred Care's Kids Health BMI Calculator- CLICK HERE