Data and Research

CDC Healthy Schools uses surveillance systems administered by the Division of Adolescent and School Health to gather information and assess health behaviors and attitudes in schools. This page provides data and research on youth dietary and physical activity behaviors and about school policies and practices encouraging healthy eating, physical activity, and obesity prevention.

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Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors health-risk behaviors among adolescents and young adults at the national, state, territorial, tribal, and local levels. Search here for data on dietary behaviors, weight, physical activity, tobacco and alcohol use, and other health topics.

CDC Healthy Schools has published research, data tables, fact sheets, and other related resources on the connection between health and academics using data from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS).

School Health Profiles (Profiles)

School Health Profiles (Profiles) monitors school health policies and practices in states, large urban school districts, territories, and tribal governments. An overview of the most recent Profiles Report and information on how to request data files can be found here.