The President's Challenge Adult Fitness Test

BMI and Waist Circumference

Equipment

  • Scale
  • Tape measure or a piece of string
  • Yardstick
  • Pencil

Directions:

Weight:

  • 1. With shoes off, measure your weight on a scale.
  • 2. Record this measurement.

Height:

  • 1. With shoes off, stand with your back to the wall, heels close together and as close as possible to the wall.
  • 2. Have your partner place the yardstick on top of your head such that it touches the wall and is parallel to the floor. Partner makes a small mark on the wall under the yardstick. Measure the distance from the floor to the mark (in feet and inches).
  • 3. Record this measurement.

Waist circumference:

  • 1. Stand upright and have your partner wrap the tape measure or a piece of string around your bare abdomen just above the hip bones (see diagram at http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obesity/e_txtbk/txgd/4142.htm). Pull the string or tape measure so it’s snug, but not compressing the skin. Keep the tape level.
  • 2. Your partner holds thumb and finger on the measuring tape or string where the two ends meet. If you use a piece of string, have a yard stick or other measuring device handy so you can measure the string.
  • 3. Record this measurement (in inches).

To find your BMI, use this chart.