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- CDC’s 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) provides a pre-COVID-19 snapshot of the health of nearly 14,000 American students; these results can serve as a baseline to understand the pandemic’s potential impact on student health behaviors and experiences.
- The 2019 YRBS resultspdf icon show that many student health behaviors were moving in the right direction before the pandemic, including not having sex, using illicit drugs, and consuming soda. However, behaviors related to experiences of violence, poor mental health, and unhealthy diet show more action is needed to help students achieve good physical and mental health.
- Health agencies, schools, and communities can use CDC’s YRBS data, programs, and resources to help adolescents avoid health risks and begin to recover from the effects of the pandemic.
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