The results from The State of Ohio Youth Risk Behavior Survey of 2013 have come in and there are strong similarities shown in local surveys conducted in Muskingum County.The state survey was conducted to assess health risks and behaviors in six categories; unintentional injury,violence, tobacco, alcohol, drug use, sexual behavior and disease, dietary behaviors, as well as physical inactivity.
" We now have a really good picture of our youth. Our community organization, our schools, can now say ‘hey, we need to concentrate our efforts here instead of an area that really doesn’t need to be addressed’," said Steve Carrel, CEO of Muskingum Behavioral Health. "Our next phase for our survey is to contact the schools and talk with them about what the results mean to them, and see if there are things we can help them with. We’ve already started generating some ideas of low cost no cost."
Areas of student behavior that need improvement include healthy snacking, more exercise, as well as distractions behind the wheel.
"We have more young people wearing seat belts, but we also have more young people texting while they’re driving. That kind of equates to im going to be safer in the crash that I’m going to have," said Carrel.
The Ohio Youth Risk Behavior Survey is part of a Nationwide surveying effort conducted every two years in a sample of high schools across the state.
Here are some of the results from the state wide survey.
As reported in the Executive Summary, the following are the Key 2013 Findings:
(* = 2003)
·The percentage of students who reported rarely or never wearing a seatbelt (8.4) significantly decreased over time* and since 2011.
·The percentage of students that reported current alcohol use (29.5) significantly decreased over time* and since 2011.
·The percentage of students who reported having sexual intercourse over the past 30 days significantly decreased since 2011. (31.0 during the past 3 months and 43.0 ever)
·The percentage of students who ate fruits and vegetables five or more times per day over the past seven days (19.3) has significantly increased since 2007.
·The percentage of students who reported drinking no soda or pop over the past seven days (27.6) increased significantly since 2007 and 2011.
·The percentage of students who reported using prescription pain relievers without a doctor’s prescription one or more times during their life (12.8) decreased significantly since 2011.
·The percentage of students who made a suicide attempt that resulted in an injury, poisoning or overdose that had to be treated by a doctor or nurse (1.4) decreased significantly over time* and since 2011.
·The percentage of students who reported any cocaine use (3.8) decreased significantly over time*.
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT
(* = 2003)
·45.6 percent of students who drive a car reported texting or emailing while driving during the past 30 days.
·The percentages of students who have been bullied on school property (20.8) and electronically (15.1) both have remained steady since 2011.
·The percentage of students who used some form of tobacco during the past 30 days (21.7) has remained steady since 2011.·The percentage of students who have used marijuana one or more times in their life (35.7) has remained steady since 2011.
·The percentages of students who were overweight (15.9) and obese (13.0) both have remained steady over time* and since 2011.
·The percentage of students who played video or computer games or used a computer for something that was not school related three or more hours per day on the average school day (37.3) increased significantly since 2007 and since 2011.
·26.4 percent of students reported getting eight or more hours of sleep on an average school night, no change since 2011.
·26.6 percent of Ohio high school students reported eating at least one meal or snack from a fast food restaurant such as McDonald’s, Taco Bell, or KFC on three or more days during the past week.
Website Reference: http://www.odh.ohio.gov/en/odhprograms/chss/ad_hlth/youthrsk/youthrsk1.aspx