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Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance — United States, 2015.

Monday, June 20, 2016  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Laura Kann, PhD; Tim McManus, MS; William A. Harris, MM; Shari L. Shanklin, MPH; Katherine H. Flint, MA; Joseph Hawkins, MA; Barbara Queen, MS; Richard Lowry, MD; Emily O’Malley Olsen, MSPH; David Chyen, MS; Lisa Whittle, MPH; Jemekia Thornton, MPA; Connie Lim, MPA; Yoshimi Yamakawa, MPH; Nancy Brener, PhD; Stephanie Zaza, MD.
Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance — United States, 2015.
Surveillance Summaries / June 10, 2016 / 65(6);1–174
Priority health-risk behaviors contribute to the leading causes of morbidity and mortality among youth and adults. Population-based data on these behaviors at the national, state, and local levels can help monitor the effectiveness of public health interventions designed to protect and promote the health of youth nationwide. Reporting Period Covered: September 2014–December 2015. The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors six categories of priority health behaviors among youth and young adults: 1) behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence; 2) tobacco use; 3) alcohol and other drug use; 4) sexual behaviors related to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection; 5) unhealthy dietary behaviors; and 6) physical inactivity. In addition, YRBSS monitors the prevalence of obesity and asthma and other priority health behaviors. YRBSS includes a national school-based Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) conducted by CDC and state and large urban school district school-based YRBSs conducted by state and local education and health agencies. This report summarizes results for 118 health behaviors plus obesity, overweight, and asthma from the 2015 national survey, 37 state surveys, and 19 large urban school district surveys conducted among students in grades 9–12.
Results from the 2015 national YRBS also indicated many high school students are engaged in behaviors associated with chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes. During the 30 days before the survey, 10.8% of high school students had smoked cigarettes and 7.3% had used smokeless tobacco.

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