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FHS to participate in Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)

posted Mar 6, 2017, 4:26 AM by mjozokos@sau61.org   [ updated Mar 9, 2017, 9:47 AM ]

The YRBSS was developed in 1990 to monitor priority health risk behaviors that contribute markedly to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth and adults in the United States. These behaviors, often established during childhood and early adolescence, include

  • Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence.
  • Sexual behaviors related to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV infection.
  • Alcohol and other drug use.
  • Tobacco use.
  • Unhealthy dietary behaviors.
  • Inadequate physical activity.

In addition, the YRBSS monitors the prevalence of obesity and asthma and other priority health-related behaviors plus sexual identity and sex of sexual contacts.

What are the purposes of the YRBSS?

The YRBSS was designed to

  • Determine the prevalence of health behaviors.
  • Assess whether health behaviors increase, decrease, or stay the same over time.
  • Examine the co-occurrence of health behaviors.
  • Provide comparable national, state, territorial, tribal, and local data.
  • Provide comparable data among subpopulations of youth.
  • Monitor progress toward achieving the Healthy People objectives and other program indicators.

FHS will participate in this survey on March 14, 2017 during period 3. Parents should have received information last week outlining the YRBS and how to opt out. If you have any questions, please contact the Guidance Department at 755-2811. For more information about the survey click on the link below.