Smart Snacks and Senate Bill 210

Ohio Senate Bill 210, The Healthy Choices for Healthy Children Act, became law June 18, 2010. The law contains provisions to combat childhood obesity in the next several years by increasing students’ physical activity and ensuring access to healthy meals and beverages at school. On this page, you will find information about major provisions of the bill, including a Physical Education and Wellness Measure for Local Report Cards, Nutrition Standards and related resources.



This measure will appear on the 2012-2013 school year Local Report Cards and will provide information about a district’s policies and practices with regard to physical activity, health and wellness. The Healthy Choice for Healthy Children Act identifies four components that will be included in the measure. The first three components are described on this Web page, and the fourth is available on a separate Web page. They are:

  • Daily physical activity;
  • Body mass index (BMI);
  • Compliance with the local wellness policy; and
  • Physical education evaluation (Click here for more information)

Daily Physical Activity Resources

Reporting for the Local Report Card

The Local Report Card measure will be based on data submitted by districts for each of the four components above.

What will Local Report Cards show?

For the daily physical activity, BMI and compliance with local wellness policy components, Local Report Cards will display a “yes” or “no” to reflect whether or not districts reported data for these activities.

How will districts report information for this measure?

On this Web page, see the reporting forms for daily physical activity (which comes to ODE) and BMI screening tools (which are sent to the Ohio Department of Health). Districts may respond to questions about the Local Wellness Policy component through EMIS during the N reporting period. For more information about physical education evaluation data (which also will be submitted through EMIS during the N reporting period), please click here.


A Body Mass Index (BMI) waiver is no longer required if your district elects not to conduct BMI screening. New legislation within Senate Bill 316 changed the language in Ohio Revised Code making the implementation of the BMI screening optional, thereby eliminating the need to obtain a state waiver. Districts that elect to conduct BMI screening will continue to submit their data to the Ohio Department of Health at Participation in BMI screening will be reported on the District Physical Education and Wellness Measure on the Local Report Card beginning with the 2012-13 school year. If you have any additional questions, please contact Dawn Jackson at

BMI Screening Resources


Implementation Steps

BMI Screening Data Submission; Recent Change in Tools

There have been several minor modifications to the BMI Collection and Submission Tools. On the collection tool, the CDC BMI submission tool is mentioned as an alternate tool; variables to be collected/submitted were made clearer; the date for submission to the district was deleted (this should be determined by the district). On the Submission Tool, changes include the addition of IRN and school year entries and a note to send as a worksheet, not a scanned copy or a PDF document.

If BMI screenings and data collection have been completed already and/or submitted for the 2011-2012 school year, the new forms should be used the following years. All screening data must be submitted no later than June 1 of each year.

  • School Building BMI Collection Tool
    School building personnel can use this tool for data recording and for submission to the district office. Do not send this workbook to the Ohio Department of Health. If your school is a chartered nonpublic school, please send to the Ohio Department of Health only the District Submission Worksheet found in this workbook.
  •   District BMI Submission Tool 
    District office personnel can use this tool to combine school building data for submission to the Ohio Department of Health. This is the only worksheet to be submitted to the Ohio Department of Health, and the worksheet can be submitting only via email to ODH cannot accept information other than grade level, sex and the BMI percentile for each student.

Smart snacks resources (for schools on the national school lunch Program)

SB 210 NUTRITION STANDARDS RESOURCES (for schools not on the National School Lunch Program)





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