PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Department of Education has released the 2011 South Dakota Youth Risk Behavior Survey Report. The survey is issued every other year to about 1,800 students in grades 9-12 at randomly selected schools. It asks questions about health-risk behaviors that result in mortality and social problems among South Dakota youth.
The 2011 report found that 27% of the students said they were bullied on school property in the past year-with 20% indicating they were being bullied electronically. It also showed that 26% of the teens surveyed said they had five or more drinks of alcohol within a few hours at least once in a month, 22% said they believe smokeless tobacco is safer than cigarettes and 18 percent said they had considered attempting suicide in the previous 12 months. Almost half-49%-said they had been physically active for at least 60 minutes a day during at least five days of a week.
Amy Beshara who is with the state Education Department’s Coordinated School Health program says studies have found that students who are physically and emotionally healthy perform better in the classroom and enjoy continued success after their school years. To view the report, go to http://healthyschools.sd.gov and click on Youth Risk Behavior Survey.
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