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Letter: Thanks for helping keep kids, families healthy

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Healthy Kids Healthy Communities — a New Mexico Department of Health program to improve children’s health — is grateful to everyone at the Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell who helped us measure the heights and weights of third-graders and kindergarteners in eastern New Mexico this fall.

Our partnership with ENMU-R enables us to collect children’s BMI (Body Mass Index) so we can identify at-risk populations, track data trends, and establish programs to increase children’s access to healthy foods and physical activity. We use these data from nearly 9,000 students to write our annual childhood obesity report released each March.

Thank you to the ENMU-R nursing students who diligently followed our standardized measurement protocol, to the staff and elementary school nurses for being willing partners in our efforts to collect BMI data, and to our local Healthy Kids Healthy Communities coalition and public health employees, who work to make healthy eating and physical activity opportunities an easy choice for children and families.

Paula Camp and Becky Joyce
Healthy Kids Healthy Chaves County coordinators

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