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Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)

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Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)


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This is where students will go to analyze YRBS data.
The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors six categories of health-related behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, including:

  • Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence
  • Sexual behaviors related to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection
  • Alcohol and other drug use
  • Tobacco use
  • Unhealthy dietary behaviors
  • Inadequate physical activity

YRBSS also measures the prevalence of obesity and asthma and other health-related behaviors plus sexual identity and sex of sexual contacts. YRBSS is a system of surveys. It includes 1) a national school-based survey conducted by CDC and state, territorial, tribal, and 2) local surveys conducted by state, territorial, and local education and health agencies and tribal governments.

Content Standard(s):
Health Education
HE (2019)
Grade: 10-12
Leaders in Health Advocacy
HA.1.1) Research national, state and local data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Youth Risk Behavior Survey for prioritizing prevention activities for the school and community.

a. Interpret the Youth Risk Behavior Survey data on the six priority adolescent risk behaviors.

b. Recognize the adolescent risk behaviors of high incidence among Alabama's students.

Health Education
HE (2019)
Grade: 10-12
Leaders in Health Advocacy
HA.3.1) Gather information and interpret data for planning prevention activities.

a. Identify concerns, beliefs, and areas of misinformation among peers.

b. Design program goals based on addressing misinformation, beliefs, and concerns among peers.

c. Utilize a focus group to change their school climate.

Health Education
HE (2019)
Grade: 10-12
Leaders in Health Advocacy
HA.4.1) Execute communication and leadership skills to empower other students to be physically, socially, behaviorally, emotionally, and intellectually successful.

a. Examine the varied roles and responsibilities of student leaders.

b. Design program goals based on YRBS data and focus group results.

c. Research various leadership and peer training programs and opportunities.

d. Apply peer helping training skills in assigned schools settings.

e. Demonstrate leadership skills by advocating for health-related changes in the school or community.

Tags: health information, interpreting data, youth behavior risk survey, YRBSS
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Author: Ginger Aaron-Brush