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The Healthy Kids Colorado Survey Results are available!

In the fall of 2005 and spring of 2006, the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey was administered to a representative sample of 1,496 ninth through twelfth grade public school students in 29 high schools throughout Colorado.

Colorado compares favorably to the nation on measures of youth health and risk behaviors. With certain notable exceptions, Colorado students are less likely to be obese, more likely to be physically active, have a lower prevalence of substance use, sexual activity, depression and suicide, and report higher levels of personal safety than students nationally.

For the full report click here.
For the recommendations click here.

Colorado 2005 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) was completed by 1,498 students in 29 public high schools in Colorado during the Fall of 2005. In Colorado the YRBS is a component of the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey. The Healthy Kids Colorado Survey effort is a collaborative involving several state agencies and other organizations. The Colorado results are representative of all students in grades 9-12. The weighted demographic characteristics of the sample are as follows:

Females 49.1% 9th Grade 28.5% Black 5.8%
Males 50.9% 10th Grade 25.5% Hispanic/Latino 23.1%
11th Grade 23.6% White 63.3%
12th Grade 22.4% All other races 1.8%
Multiple races 1.0%

Students completed a self-administered, anonymous, 87-item questionnaire. Survey procedures were designed to protect the privacy of students by allowing for anonymous and voluntary participation. Local parental permission procedures were followed before survey administration.

The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System measures behaviors that fall into seven categories:

Behaviors that result in unintentional injuries and violence

Tobacco use

Alcohol and other drug use

Dietary behaviors

Physical Activity

Mental Health

The links below describe the survey, the methods and results. For more information, contact Lisa Perry at the Colorado Department of Education: or the Health Statistics Section at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment:

Colorado Coalition for Healthy Schools

"August 8, 2006, Coalition Data PowerPoint"

For additional information, E-Mail:

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