Nation’s High School Students Showing Overall Improvements in
However, Hispanic Students Not Showing Progress in Some Key Areas
CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH)
has released a
report that finds that today’s high school students are less likely to engage in
many health risk behaviors than high school students in the early 1990s.
Although the study documents substantial improvements over time in many
health risk behaviors among all high school students, Hispanic students
remain at greater risk for certain health-related behaviors and have not
matched the progress made over time by black students and white students in
reducing some sexual risk behaviors. Read the
2007 Youth Risk
Behavior Survey (YRBS) Press
Release [pdf 79K] for more information.
“We are pleased that more high school students today are doing things
that will help them stay healthy and avoiding things that put their health
in danger,” said Howell Wechsler, Ed.D., MPH, director of CDC’s Division of
Adolescent and School Health. “Unfortunately, we are not seeing that same
progress among Hispanic teens for certain risk factors.”
Listen to CDC's
A Minute of Health podcast featuring YRBS results.
An interview with Dr. Wechsler is also available on CDC's
A Cup of Health
Read more from Dr.
Wechsler on his WebMD blog:
Nation's Teens: Some Still Riskier Than Others.*
To access the report (one of CDC's MMWR Surveillance Summaries), new fact
sheets on the YRBS, national YRBS data files, and technical documentation, visit
YRBSS: Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System.
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