Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance --- United States, 2005 Archived
Priority health-risk behaviors, which contribute to the leading causes of morbidity and mortality among youth and adults, often are established during childhood and adolescence, extend into adulthood, are interrelated, and are preventable. This report summarizes results from the national survey, 40 state surveys, and 21 local surveys conducted among students in grades 9--12 during October 2004--January 2006.
. Created: 6/9/2006 by MMWR.
Date Released: 10/27/2006. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance --- United States, 2005
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CDC – safer, healthier people.
“All youth are reckless beyond words,” said the ancient Greek poet
Hesiod. And while there are certainly many who would agree with him, a recent
the CDC shows that over the last 15 years, fewer high school students are engaging
in risky or reckless health behaviors.
For example, high school students appear to be getting the message to buckle
up. Since 1991, there’s been a dramatic decline in the number of high
school students who say they rarely or never wear a seatbelt when riding in
The study also shows a drop in the percentage of high school students drinking
Other good news to report--the percentage of high school students having
sex has also decreased. In 2005, less than half of the kids surveyed said
ever had sex. And of those who had, an increasing number reported using condoms.
So before labeling today's high school students as reckless, take a look
at the results of CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey—we are making progress
in reaching youth about positive health choices.
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