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Petition to State policymakers

Don't Weigh Kids in School

**If you are willing to share your story being weighed in school, please do so using this google form! About 40% of kids live in states with policies instructing schools to take student BMIs. This means students are weighed by their teachers. The students' body mass index (BMI) is then calculated, and many schools will notify parents if their student falls in the “overweight” or “obese” categories based on the arbitrary BMI measurement. The CDC has safeguards for school BMI screenings which are meant to protect students' privacy and protect them from being shamed or bullied. However, these safeguards are not being followed. The CDC recommends 10 safeguards to be followed when doing BMI screenings in schools. However, a study from 2019 estimated that only 3% of schools had the 4 safeguards they were testing for and 56% had none or one. “School-based BMI screening is common, but adopting multiple recommended safeguards is not." These screenings have been proven both ineffective and harmful to students. A March 2021 study of 28,641 students in California Public Schools shows that BMI screenings did not "improve" students’ weight status or physical health. The screenings did, however, decrease students’ satisfaction with their weight. BMI screenings in schools can encourage dangerous disordered eating behaviors and make it harder for the students to be truly healthy in the long run. The screenings ONLY effectiveness is at harming students' self-image. We need to stop kids from being weighed in school. Sources: Sliwa, Sarah A., et al. “Do Schools That Screen for Body Mass Index Have Recommended Safeguards in Place?” The Journal of School Nursing 35, no. 4 (August 2019): 299–308. Madsen, Kristine A., et al. “Effect of School-Based Body Mass Index Reporting in California Public Schools: A Randomized Clinical Trial.” JAMA Pediatrics 175, no. 3 (March 1, 2021): 251–59.

Miriam Nelson
25,846 supporters
This petition won 4 years ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Require all MLTS/PBX Phones Dial 911 Easily: Help Enact Kari's Law

On December 1, 2013 Kari Rene Hunt was murdered by her estranged husband whom she was intending to divorce. She agreed to meet him at a local motel to leave their children with him for a short visitation while he was in town. Her estranged husband ambushed her in the motel room and cornered her in the restroom. During the struggle and resulting death of Kari, her oldest daughter, age 9, (name with held for privacy) attempted to dial 911 from the motel room phone. She followed instructions as taught by her mother on the way to call for help but she was never instructed that in some hotels and motels you must first dial a "9" and then 911. We are attempting to ensure that any person needing police, EMS or the Fire Department at any hotel or motel location or from any MLTS/PBX system be able to dial the numbers 911 and receive emergency response. In a panic, any under age child, or for that matter anyone in an emergency situation should be able to depend on dialing 911 from any phone in the United States and receiving assistance. We pray the lawmakers in our Congress and Senate hear the cries of Kari and her children and enact a law requiring all hotel and motel chains, including all "Mom & Pop" locations have all phone systems updated to E911 systems. These systems allow the 911 call to automatically connect to a 911 operator without having to dial a "9" in order to get an outside line. Total E911 fees/funds collected from the use of telephones in the United States was $2,322,983,616.36 in 2012. Total amount spent for E911 or 911 enhancements in the United States was $97,367,543.46 leaving $2,225,616,072.90 un spent. Where is this money? Some states such as Illinois, has diverted monies from the collection of E911 fees to it's general fund therefore being spent on who knows what. The money is there, it's being collected by who? THE GOVERNMENT! It's being spent on very little E911 functionality or just sitting there. Why?  WE ask that Wyndham Hotels, which is the parent company of Baymont Inns and Suites where this incident occured, lead the way in the industry by updating the antiquated phone systems still used in some of their hotels. Sadly though, 2 year 11 months later we have heard nothing from the Wyndham Corporation, however, the Marriott International Corporation has mandated to all franchise hotels under the Marriott brand to update their systems to be direct dial 911. Can you you guess what hotel we will be using from now on will be? That's right , MARRIOTT! Seconds count and when a 9 year old little girl is mature enough and brave enough to attempt to dial for help, she should be answered. When that child dialed 911 she should have heard, "911, what is your emergency?" Instead she heard static. We understand the cost implications (which in most cases is very minimal or free) and know that E911 has been a requirement for a few years, but only a handful of states require it. Why? Money is collected from every citizen that uses a phone but it's the citizen that is NOT benefiting from the collection of these funds. We ask the United States Congress to make it a requirement for all hotel and motels operating the United States and offer conversion assistance where needed. We also ask that such law(s) prohibit excessive charges for doing this update, in most cases it is simply a series of buttons from a keyboard that will solve the problem. Please help make this "Kari's Law".

Hank Hunt
577,522 supporters