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South Carolina’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey


Monday - February 08, 2010


Fewer South Carolina high school students are using alcohol and tobacco than 10 years ago, according to the state’s biennial Youth Risk Behavior Survey. That’s the good news. The not-so-good news is that the percentages of high school students who use tobacco or alcohol and who have engaged in sexual intercourse are still too high, and more high school students than ever are overweight or obese. Dr.Delores Pluto, survey coordinator for the South Carolina Department of Education, joins us on this week's podcast to look at the survey administered to high school and middle school students across the state. The survey, developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, asks about risk factors that are the most frequent causes of social problems, illness and premature death among young people and Dr. Pluto will report on these behaviors and others among our youth that are the most frequent causes of social problems, illness and premature death.

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