The Colorado BMI Monitoring System combines measured heights and weights collected from multiple health care organizations to calculate body mass index (BMI). The system generates community-level overweight and obesity prevalence estimates. Most recent estimates are based on three years (2012-2014) of data collected from five participating health care organizations. The development and distribution of these data are intended to be used for planning and evaluating obesity-focused projects and programs.
BMI data is obtained from each systems’ electronic health record and combined into one database managed by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. These data represent individuals who presented for routine care at one of the participating health care organizations, and had a valid height and weight measured. Overweight and obesity prevalence estimates are available for the 7 metro Denver counties, and for rural Prowers County. Estimates generated from the Colorado BMI Monitoring System may be linked with other data sources to identify contributory social and environmental factors.
Methods How are prevalence estimates generated?
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