Friday, September 24, 2010

Healthy Youth Survey

It is fall and that means many of our middle school and high school students will be asked to participate in the Washington State Healthy Youth Survey which measures health risk behaviors that contribute to morbidity, mortality, and social problems among youth in Washington State. 2010 marks the twelfth year of the statewide survey of Washington's students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12.

The results gathered are an important source of needs-assessment data for school districts, community-based organizations, local health and human service agencies, and state agencies. The results are used to monitor the health status of adolescents and track progress on state and federal education and health-related goals. The information from the Healthy Youth Survey may be used to identify trends in patterns of behavior over time.