Youth High-Risk Behavior – Information

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 usebinge drinking
carrying a weaponcigarette smoking
does not drink milkdoes not eat fruit, vegetables
drinking and drivingfailure to wear bike helmet
fast food consumptionfighting
ILLICIT DRUG USElack of seat belt use
laxatives or diet aids to lose weightmultiple sex partners
no regular physical exercisenonsmoking TOBACCO use
overweight or obeseregular ALCOHOL consumption
riding with intoxicated driversexual activity without a condom
suicide ideation or attempts

See also LIFESTYLE AND HEALTH; HEALTHY PEOPLE 2010.

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