Jason Fallara

Date of Award

Spring 5-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Science

First Advisor

David Wachob, D.Ed.

Second Advisor

David Lorenzi, Ed.D.

Third Advisor

Keri Kulik, Ph.D.


The purpose of this study was to examine any association between the Body Mass Index (BMI) and school attendance among K-3 public school children. Desensitized data was collected via the Punxsutawney School District regarding K-3 students’ BMI, days absent from school during the 2016 school year, medical conditions, and eligibility for free and reduced lunches. The most significant finding after analysis of the data was a significantly weak correlation (r = .093, p = .01) between students’ BMI levels and days absent from school. The results also revealed students eligible for free and reduced lunch missed significantly (t = 4.8, p = .001) more days from school when compared to students not eligible for free or reduced lunch. Students with a reported medical condition reported an average of 9.31 (SD = 7.75) of days missed throughout the school year whereas students without a medical condition missed an average of 8.85 (SD = 6.3). When examining absenteeism by specific medical conditions, it was found that students with asthma missed the most days averaging 10.12 (SD = 7.86).