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created Mar 25 2013

updated Jun 11 2019


The point map shows the obesity rate by grade level for public school districts in New York State, exclusive of New York City, from the Student Weight Status Category Reporting System (SWSCR). The initial view of the map is broken up into large geographic areas and displays the number of public school districts in each area. To drill down to a smaller geographic area, click directly on the area of the map or click the plus sign to zoom in on the map. The small blue dots represent school district offices, not the location of specific schools. Clicking on a dot will bring up a fly-out for that district, with information about the obesity rate, grade level, county, region and school years. You can click “next” on the fly-out to view the rate for all three grade levels (elementary, middle/high and district total). Please note that if the obesity rate value is blank on a given flyout, it means that obesity data for this school district and grade level could not be reported to the NYSDOH due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). For more information on FERPA, please refer to the Student Weight Overview document by clicking on the "About" tab. The map can be filtered by grade level by changing the options under the Filter tab. Removing the school district filter is not recommended. The map is based on data collected through the SWSCR. New York City public school districts, BOCES, charter, private and 4201 designated schools are exempt from reporting data to the SWSCR system.
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bmi, chronic disease, childhood obesity, swscr, community health and chronic disease
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Data Provided By
New York State Department of Health
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Dataset Summary
Time Period
Beginning 2010
Posting Frequency
Dataset Owner
Division of Chronic Disease Prevention
Statewide, exclusive of the five boroughs of New York City
Public school district
Percentages, Counts
Center for Community Health
Data Frequency
The SWSCR dataset includes weight status data collected from all public school districts outside of the five boroughs of NYC. The dataset is a valid source of information about variation in overweight and obesity in public school districts outside of New York City. However, because these rates reflect a broad range of factors that vary by school district, to make absolute comparisons about observed differences in the rates of obesity and overweight between school districts requires the use of multivariate statistics. Data are aggregated to New York State Department of Education county code assigned to reporting schools and school districts, and to NYSDOH regions and statewide. Because school district boundaries do not align with county or regional boundaries, the county- and regional-level estimates reflect data from students attending school within schools assigned a particular county or regional code. County and regional assignment is not based on county or region of residence. The estimates represent the percentage of students reported within a weight status category, which reflects data reported to the Student Weight Status Category Reporting System. These data should not be considered to represent all school aged-children attending school in a district, county or region because of: restrictions in reporting due to FERPA, especially parents/guardians ability to request that their child's weight status data be excluded from reporting and other sources of missing data. o Use the school years variable to distinguish between the full file (which spans 2 years and includes all public school districts) and the single-year, district only file (which spans a single year and includes only the approximately 50% of public school districts that reported during that year). County, regional and statewide estimates will only be provided biennially with the full-year file. District estimates will be updated annually.
Because of restrictions in reporting due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) there was some variation in how much of the student population was represented in the data schools submitted to SWSCR, especially among smaller school districts. Therefore the percentage of the student population represented in the district, county and regional-level estimates may vary. New York City school districts are exempt from the NYS Education Law 903 and 904 that established the SWSCR system. Therefore this dataset excludes public school districts from the five boroughs of New York City (Brooklyn, Kings, New York, Queens, and Richmond). BOCES, special act schools (4201 designated schools), charter, and private schools are also excluded.
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