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During the transition from childhood to adulthood, adolescents establish patterns of behavior and make lifestyle choices that affect both their current and future health. Adolescents and young adults are adversely affected by serious health and safety issues such as motor vehicle crashes, violence, substance use, and sexual behavior. They also struggle to adapt behaviors that could decrease their risk of developing chronic diseases in adulthood—behaviors such as eating nutritiously, engaging in physical activity, and choosing not to use tobacco. Environmental factors such as family, peer group, school, and community characteristics also contribute to the challenges that adolescents face.

To have the most positive impact on adolescent health, government agencies, community organizations, schools, and other community members must work together in a comprehensive approach. Providing safe and nurturing environments for our nation’s youth can ensure that adolescents will be healthy and productive members of society.

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Quick Links
National Initiative to Improve Adolescent Health by the Year 2010
CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH)
State-by-State Data
Publications and Links

Key Resources
YRBSS—Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System
SHPPS—School Health Policies and Programs Study
WISQARS—Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System
School Health Profiles
GSHS—Global School-based Student Health Survey
SHI—School Health Index

Programs and Campaigns
BAM (Body and Mind)
Choose Respect
Fruits and Veggies Matter
It’s a Snap
Kids Walk-To-School
National Bone Health Campaign
National Initiative to Improve Adolescent Health
Preteen Vaccines
The Cool Spot

Content Source: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Adolescent and School Health
Page last reviewed: December 14, 2007
Page last modified: December 19, 2008


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