SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A government study of youth behavior finds that South Dakota teenagers often bully others, forget to buckle up in the car and don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables.
South Dakota finished last in those areas in the Youth Risk Behavior Survey coordinated by the state Health Department and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
South Dakota Epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger tells the Argus Leader that he isn’t surprised about the fruits and vegetables, but he’s at a loss to explain the bullying. He says, “I thought we were nice to each other.”
Other measures show South Dakota youth as model citizens. They do well on college entrance exams, are among the best at finding summer jobs and are from families near the top in volunteering and charity work.
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