Youth High-Risk Behavior – the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors behaviors among young people that can adversely affect their health. Key areas of focus include TOBACCO use, substance abuse, sexual activity, PREGNANCY, violent behavior, ACCIDENTAL INJURIES, physical inactivity, EATING HABITS, and attempted suicide. YRBSS data help public health organizations develop intervention strategies and programs to reduce adverse health consequences among youth. The CDC surveys students in middle schools and high schools throughout the United States to collect YRBSS data.
|HIGH-RISK HEALTH BEHAVIORS AMONG YOUTH|
|anabolic steroid use||binge drinking|
|carrying a weapon||cigarette smoking|
|does not drink milk||does not eat fruit, vegetables|
|drinking and driving||failure to wear bike helmet|
|fast food consumption||fighting|
|ILLICIT DRUG USE||lack of seat belt use|
|laxatives or diet aids to lose weight||multiple sex partners|
|no regular physical exercise||nonsmoking TOBACCO use|
|overweight or obese||regular ALCOHOL consumption|
|riding with intoxicated driver||sexual activity without a condom|
|suicide ideation or attempts|
See also LIFESTYLE AND HEALTH; HEALTHY PEOPLE 2010.