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Monday, May 3, 2010

SD Youth Risk Survey: Sex, Drugs... But No Questions about Rock and Roll

Well, at least the kids are wearing both straps on their backpacks, like the covergirl from the new South Dakota 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Report. We all know single-strapping is a youth health menace.

2170 high schoolers responded to the survey and told us some other unhealthy activities they are involved in:
  • 22% rode in a car with a drunk driver in the last month.
  • 27% were in a physical fight in the last year.
  • 52% were bullied.
  • 7% attempted suicide in the last year.
  • 9% were forced to have sex.
  • 26% had five alcoholic drinks in a row in the past month. That's 65% of the kids who report drinking any alcohol during the past month. In other words, 2 out of three kids drinking are drinking for the clear purpose of getting schnockered.
  • 36% had sex during the past three months (I know, sex isn't inherently an unhealthy activity...)
  • ...24% of those sexually active students drank or did drugs before doing the deed, and 38% didn't use a condom (o.k., that's unhealthy).
  • 49% skipped breakfast three or more times in the past week.
On the good side:
  • 77% didn't smoke during the past month.
  • 58% of those who have smoked recently have tried to quit.
  • 64% played some team sport during the past year.
  • 77% watched less than three hours of TV a day.
  • 80% were on the computer or the XBox for less than three hours a day.
  • The percentage riding with drunk drivers (22%) has gone down every survey year since 2003, when the percentage was 37%. The state is apparently getting the message across to some kids and parents.
  • Smoking has been trending downward, too.
Read the full PDF-format report here. Then tell your kids no beer for graduation.

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