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Welcome to the Growth Chart training Web site, which offers a set of self-directed, interactive training modules for health care professionals using the pediatric growth charts in clinical and public health settings to assess growth of infants, children, and adolescents.

The training module, Using the WHO Growth Charts to Assess Growth in the United States Among Children Ages Birth to 2 years, was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to train health care providers on how to use the World Health Organization (WHO) growth standards to assess growth among infants and young children. Training modules for the CDC Growth Charts (released in May 2000) were developed by the CDC and HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).

The overall purpose of the modular training is to provide health care professionals in the United States with expertise on using and interpreting the growth charts. Training includes:

  • Background information related to the recommendation and rationale for using the WHO growth charts to assess growth in the United States among children ages birth to 2 years
  • Background information related to the rationale for changes in the revised charts
  • Body mass index (BMI)-for-age charts: using and interpreting the charts
  • Clinical applications of the charts

Users can complete any or all of the training modules in the desired sequence and at no cost. Each module includes learning objectives, text, and examples. Estimated time to complete each module is provided in the introduction to the module.


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