Center for Disease Control: Youth Risk Surveillance

This is a lengthy and sobering report.  It is divided into headings.  I encourage you to scan through it.  This is why the Gospel and thriving Kingdom communities are essential for today’s children and youth.

Here is a brief quote from the introduction:

These leading causes of mortality, morbidity, and social problems (e.g., academic failure, poverty, and crime) among youth and adults in the United States are associated with six categories of priority health-related behaviors: 1) behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence; 2) tobacco use; 3) alcohol and other drug use; 4) sexual behaviors that related to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV infection; 5) unhealthy dietary behaviors; and 6) physical inactivity. These behaviors, as well as obesity, overweight, and asthma, frequently are related, are established during childhood and adolescence, and extend into adulthood.

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