The Healthy Youth Survey (HYS) is a collaborative effort of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Department of Health, the Department of Social and Health Service's Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Community Trade and Economic Development, the Family Policy Council and the Liquor Control Board.
It provides important information about adolescents in Washington, from eating habits and physical activity, to smoking and drug use. Given in the fall every two years to students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12, the information is helpful in identifying trends in behavior over time. The following are key findings from this survey for Eckstein Middle School, Nathan Hale High School and Roosevelt High School:
According to the results from the 2008 Healthy Youth Survey, in general students in northeast Seattle:
· smoke tobacco at rates lower than the state average;
· drink soda or other sugary drinks at rates lower than the state average;
· eat breakfast at rates higher than the state average;
· walk to school at rates higher than the state average;
· are able to visit doctors and dentists at rates higher than the state average;
· wear bike helmets and seat belts at rates higher than the state average;
· report depression at rates lower than the state average;
· believe that adults in our community do not think it is okay for students their
age to drink alcohol, smoke tobacco, or use marijuana and other drugs.
Students also report that they feel safe at school and report bullying and violence at rates lower than the state average.
Unfortunately, rates of alcohol and marijuana use jump as our children get older. The Healthy Youth Survey continues to show that alcohol and marijuana use rates go from below the state average in middle school, to around the state average in 10th grade, to above the state average in 12th grade.
For more information on HYS results, visit the Department of Health