April 11, 2012 · By Newswire · 0 Comments
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
CONTACT: Mary Stadick Smith, (605) 773-7228, [email protected]
PIERRE, S.D. – The 2011 South Dakota Youth Risk Behavior Survey Report was released today.
Administered every other year, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey is a questionnaire that assesses the six priority health-risk behaviors that result in the greatest amount of morbidity, mortality and social problems among youth.
About 1,800 students in grades 9-12 at randomly selected public, private and Bureau of Indian Education schools participated in the survey.
Key indicators included in the report are outlined below:
“Studies have proven that physically and emotionally healthy students will perform better in the classroom and enjoy continued success throughout their lives,” said Amy Beshara, who is with the South Dakota Department of Education’s Coordinated School Health program. “A comprehensive school health program is a key component in reducing the occurrence of risk behaviors among young people.”
The six priority health-risk behaviors include: behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence; tobacco use; alcohol and other drug use; sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection; unhealthy dietary behaviors; and physical inactivity.
The South Dakota Youth Risk Behavior Survey is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Coordinated School Health, which is a collaboration between the state departments of Education and Health.
To view a complete copy of the report, go to http://healthyschools.sd.gov and click on Youth Risk Behavior Survey.
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