New York State Community Health Indicator Reports - About Obesity and Related Indicators

Contact the Public Health Information Group, at (518) 474-2543 for information about the indicators produced for this report.

Health Indicator Description and Definition Data Source and Program Contact Information
All Students (elementary-Pre-K, K, 2nd & 4 th grades, middle-7 th grade and high school-10th grade) a
Percentage overweight but not obese (85 th- <95 th percentile) - All students (elementary, middle and high school) The percentage of all students attending public schools with a body mass index (BMI) at or above the 85th percentile and less than the 95th percentile - All students (elementary, middle and high school) Student Weight Status Category Reporting System (SWSCR) a

Contact: School BMI
Percentage obese (95 th percentile or higher)
The percentage of all students attending public schools with a body mass index (BMI) at or above the 95th percentile. Student Weight Status Category Reporting System (SWSCR) a

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Percentage overweight or obese (85th percentile or higher)
The percentage of all students attending public schools with a body mass index (BMI) at or above the 85th percentile. Student Weight Status Category Reporting System (SWSCR) a

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Elementary students (Pre-K, K, 2nd & 4th grades)
Percentage overweight but not obese (85th- <95th percentile)
The percentage of elementary school students attending public schools with a body mass index (BMI) at or above the 85 th percentile and less than the 95 th percentile. Student Weight Status Category Reporting System (SWSCR) a

Contact: School BMI
Percentage obese (95th percentile or higher)
The percentage of elementary school students attending public schools with a body mass index (BMI) at or above the 95th percentile. Student Weight Status Category Reporting System (SWSCR) a

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Percentage overweight or obese (85 th percentile or higher)
The percentage of elementary school students attending public schools with a body mass index (BMI) at or above the 85 th percentile. Student Weight Status Category Reporting System (SWSCR) a

Contact: School BMI
Middle and high school students
Percentage overweight but not obese (85th- <95 th percentile)
The percentage of middle and high school students attending public schools with a body mass index (BMI) at or above the 85 th percentile and less than the 95 th percentile. Student Weight Status Category Reporting System (SWSCR) a

Contact: School BMI
Percentage obese (95 th percentile or higher)
The percentage of middle and high school students attending public schools with a body mass index (BMI) at or above the 95 th percentile. Student Weight Status Category Reporting System (SWSCR) a

Contact: School BMI
Percentage overweight or obese (85 th percentile or higher)
The percentage of middle and high school students attending public schools with a body mass index (BMI) at or above the 85 th percentile. Student Weight Status Category Reporting System (SWSCR) a

Contact: School BMI
General Population Indicators
Percentage of pregnant women enrolled in WIC program who were pre-pregnancy Overweight but not obese (BMI 25 < 30) Percentage of pregnant women in the WIC program with a pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI) between 25.0 and less than 30. BMI is defined as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared w/h 2. NYS Pregnancy Nutrition Surveillance System (PNSS) - WIC Program b

Contact: Lynn Edmunds at (518) 402-7109
Percentage pregnant women enrolled in WIC program who were pre-pregnancy obese (BMI 30 or higher) Percentage of pregnant women in the WIC program with a pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30. BMI is defined as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared w/h2. NYS Pregnancy Nutrition Surveillance System (PNSS) - WIC Program b

Contact: Lynn Edmunds at (518) 402-7109
Percentage of children ages 2-4 enrolled in WIC program who were obese (BMI 30 or higher Children ages 2-4 participating in the WIC program who's weight was at or above the 95th percentile based on BMI-for-age. NYS Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System (PedNSS) - WIC Program c

Contact: Lynn Edmunds at (518) 402-7109
Percentage of children ages 2-4 enrolled in WIC who viewed TV ≤ 2 hours per day The percentage of children ages 2-4 enrolled in WIC who watched TV for two hours or less per day. NYS Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System (PedNSS) - WIC Program c

Contact: Lynn Edmunds at (518) 402-7109
Percentage of infants enrolled in WIC who were breastfeeding at 6 months Percentage of infants enrolled in WIC who were breastfed at 6 months. Only infants who turned 6 months of age during the reporting period by/on the date of their WIC visit were included in the Breastfed At Least 6 Months analysis. NYS Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System (PedNSS) - WIC Program c

Contact: Lynn Edmunds at (518) 402-7109
Percentage of adults who were overweight or obese The percentage of respondents ages 18 years or older with body mass index (BMI) equal to or greater than 25. BMI is defined as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared w/h2. NYS Expanded Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System d e

Contact: BRFSS Coordinator at (518) 473-0673
Percentage of adults who were obese The percentage of respondents ages 18 years or older with body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater. BMI is defined as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared w/h2. NYS Expanded Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System d e

Contact: BRFSS Coordinator at (518) 473-0673
Percent Adults without leisure time physical activity in last 30 days The percentage of respondents ages 18 years or older who reported they did not participated in some type of physical activity during their leisure time at least one in the last 30 days. NYS Expanded Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System d e

Contact: BRFSS Coordinator at (518) 473-0673
Percentage of adults with leisure time physical activity in last 30 days The percent of respondents who report they participated in some type of physical activity during their leisure time at least one in the last 30 days. NYS Expanded Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System d e

Contact: BRFSS Coordinator at (518) 473-0673
Percentage adults eating 5+ servings of fruit and/or vegetables per day The percentage of respondents ages 18 years or older who reported they ate at least five or more servings of fruits and vegetables in the past day. NYS Expanded Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System d e

Contact: BRFSS Coordinator at (518) 473-0673
Age-adjusted percentage of adults diagnosed with diabetes (prevalence) The percentage of adults who reported they were told by a health professional that they have diabetes. NYS Expanded Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System d e

Contact: BRFSS Coordinator at (518) 473-0673
Percentage of adults with diagnosis of heart attack, stroke, or angina The percentage of respondents who reported they had been told by a health professional they had ever had a heart attack, stroke or angina in their lifetime. NYS Expanded Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System d e

Contact: BRFSS Coordinator at (518) 473-0673
Crude and age-adjusted cardiovascular disease mortality rate, per 100,000 ** The number of deaths due to cardiovascular disease per 100,000 population. The ICD-10 codes used for cardiovascular disease are: I00-I99. ** Vital Statistics Unit f
Bureau of Outcomes Research,
Office of Quality and Patient Safety

Contact: bio-info@health.ny.gov
Phone: (518) 486-9012
Crude and age-adjusted cerebrovascular disease (stroke) mortality rate per 100,000 ** The number of deaths due to cerebrovascular disease per 100,000 population. The ICD-10 codes used for cerebrovascular disease are: I60-I69. d e Vital Statistics Unit f
Bureau of Outcomes Research,
Office of Quality and Patient Safety

Contact: bio-info@health.ny.gov
Phone: (518) 486-9012
Crude and age-adjusted diabetes mortality rate per 100,000 population ** The number of deaths due to diabetes per 100,000 population. The ICD-10 codes used for diabetes are: E10-E14. ** Vital Statistics Unit e
Bureau of Outcomes Research,
Office of Quality and Patient Safety

Contact: bio-info@health.ny.gov
Phone: (518) 486-9012
Crude and age-adjusted cardiovascular disease hospitalization rate per 10,000 ** The number of hospitalizations due to cardiovascular disease per 10,000 population. The ICD-9 codes used for cardiovascular disease are: 390-459. ** Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPARCS) g
Bureau of Health Informatics,
Office of Quality and Patient Safety

Submission Questions: sparcs.submissions@health.ny.gov - for submission questions
Data Request Contact: sparcs.requests@health.ny.gov - for data requests
Phone: (518) 473-8144
Crude and age-adjusted cerebrovascular disease (stroke) hospitalization rate per 10,000 ** The number of hospitalizations due to cerebrovascular disease per 10,000 population. The ICD-9 codes used for cerebrovascular disease are: 430-438. ** Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPARCS) g
Bureau of Health Informatics,
Office of Quality and Patient Safety

Submission Questions: sparcs.submissions@health.ny.gov - for submission questions
Data Request Contact: sparcs.requests@health.ny.gov - for data requests
Phone: (518) 473-8144
Crude and age-adjusted diabetes hospitalization rate per 10,000 (primary diagnosis), age-adjusted ** The number of hospitalizations due to diabetes per 10,000 population. The ICD 9 code used for diabetes is: 250. Only hospitalizations with diabetes as the primary diagnosis are included.** Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPARCS) g
Bureau of Health Informatics,
Office of Quality and Patient Safety

Submission Questions: sparcs.submissions@health.ny.gov - for submission questions
Data Request Contact: sparcs.requests@health.ny.gov - for data requests
Phone: (518) 473-8144

Data Notes:

a Student Weight Status Category Reporting System (SWSCR)Crude and age-adjusted
The system collects weight status category data (underweight, healthy weight, overweight or obese, based on BMI-for-age percentile) at school entry (pre-kindergarten or kindergarten) and in grades 2, 4, 7 and 10 for students attending all public schools outside of the five boroughs of New York City. Percentages are based on data reported to the Student Weight Status Category Reporting System during the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 school years from school health certificates and appraisals. County-level estimates reflect data from students attending school within schools assigned a particular county-code by the New York State Education Department (NYSED). County assignment is not based on county of residence.
Because of restrictions in reporting due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) there was wide variation in how much of the student population was represented in the data schools submitted during 2008-2010. Therefore the percentage of the student population represented in the county-level estimates varies from county to county.
Estimates reflect the percentage of students with reported weight status information within a specific weight status category. County-level estimates represent the aggregate of raw percentages from each school weighted by school enrollment. Because of restrictions in reporting due to FERPA, parents/guardians ability to request that their child's weight status data be excluded from reporting and other sources of missing data, these estimates do not represent all school aged-children attending school in that county.
b Pregnancy Nutrition Surveillance System (PNSS) - WIC Program:
This data system maintained by the Division of Nutrition provides nutrition related information on low-income pregnant women enrolled in the WIC Program. Additional indicators and comparable U.S. statistics.
c Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System (PedNSS) - WIC Program:
This data system maintained by the Division of Nutrition provides nutrition related information on low-income infants and children enrolled in the WIC Program. For more WIC data on birth weight, short stature, underweight, overweight, anemia, breastfeeding, smoking in household, and TV viewing, go to: NYS PedNSS reports. Comparable U.S. statistics.
d Expanded BRFSS:
The Expanded BRFSS is a NYS county (regional) non-institutional adult telephone-based surveillance survey that collects self-reported health conditions and behaviors related to early mortality and morbidity. This system is based on the annual collaborative state based surveillance project administered and supported by the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (CDC), Division of Population Health, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
e New York City Community Health Survey (CHS):
The New York City Community Health Survey (CHS) is a NYC Burough adult telephone survey conducted by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene that is also based on the CDC BRFSS surveillance survey system design.
f Vital Records (Vital Statistics):
Vital Event Registration:
New York State consists of two registration areas, New York City and New York State Exclusive of New York City (also referred as Rest of State). New York City (NYC) includes the five counties of Bronx, Kings (Brooklyn), New York (Manhattan), Queens and Richmond (Staten Island); the remaining 57 counties comprise New York State Exclusive of New York City. The Bureau of Vital Records, New York State Department of Health, processes data from live birth, death, fetal death and marriage certificates recorded in New York State Exclusive of New York City. Through a cooperative agreement, the New York State Department of Health receives data on live births, deaths, and fetal deaths recorded in New York City from the New York City Department of Health and on live births and deaths recorded outside of New York State to residents of New York State from other states and Canada.
g Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPARCS):
Information about hospitalizations is collected through the hospital inpatient discharge data system. Each hospitalization receives an ICD-9 code at discharge that indicates the primary reason for the hospitalization. There are also up to 14 other diagnosis codes recorded to further describe the hospitalization. Statistics presented in these tables are based on the primary diagnosis unless otherwise noted. This data system does not include information about events that did not result in a hospitalization, such as cases that were only treated in a hospital emergency room. Numbers and rates are based on the number of hospitalizations that occurred and not the number of individuals who were hospitalized.

** The standard population used for age adjustment was the 2000 U.S. population.