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National - The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System

The YRBSS monitors six health-related behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death, disability, among youth and adults. These behaviors, often established during childhood and early adolescence, include:

  • Tobacco use

  • Unhealthy dietary behaviors

  • Inadequate physical activity

  • Alcohol and other drug use

  • Sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases

  • Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence

YRBSS also measures the prevalence of obesity, asthma, and other health-related behaviors plus sexual identity and sex of sexual contacts.

The YRBSS includes national, state, and local school-based surveys. These surveys are conducted every two years, usually during the spring semester. The national survey, conducted by CDC, provides data representative of high school students in public and private schools in the United States.  To view information specific to Michigan, select Michigan from the State listings.


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