Seattle Public Schools releases summary of 2012 Healthy Youth Survey
The state-funded Healthy Youth Survey (conducted every two years and sent out to 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th graders) results are in, and provide a glimpse into the healthy and not-so-healthy predilections of Seattle students.
Seattle Public Schools dove into the data and came up with the following trends from the anonymous, voluntary survey conducted in October of 2012:
- The percentage of eighth-grade students who engage in 60-plus minutes of physical activity five or more days per week increased from 34 percent in 2008 to 49 percent in 2012.
- Television watching also declined among both middle and high school students. In the 2012 survey, 25 percent of eighth-graders said they watched three or more hours of TV on an average school day; in 2006, that number was 37 percent. The rate of TV viewing among high school students dropped from 28 percent in 2008 to 19 percent in 2012.
- Rates of being bullied in the past month has declined among 6th grade students from 26 percent in 2008 to 22 percent in 2012.
- Alcohol and cigarette use among high school students in Seattle Public Schools has declined during the past four years, while marijuana use remains statistically unchanged.
- Among students who drank alcohol during the past 30 days and who have a usual type of alcohol that they drink, 60 percent reported that hard liquor was their drink of choice.
- Preliminary data analysis shows that among students who report using marijuana in the past month, 39% of them reported that the marijuana came from a medical marijuana dispensary.
- 29 percent of high school students said they have had sexual intercourse in their lifetime, and 61 percent of sexually active high school students reported using a condom at last intercourse.
More information is available at http://tinyurl.com/studenthealthsurveys.