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Introduction to the YRBSS

Essential Question:
What are the trends in health-risk behaviors, obesity, and asthma among youth and young adults in the U.S. and Rhode Island?

This data story provides an introduction to the indicators tracked in the school-based YRBS survey, which is conducted every two years by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and local health authorities.

Introduction

The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors health-risk behaviors such as tobacco use, alcohol and drug use, and sexual behaviors, as well as the prevalence of obesity and asthma among youth and young adults.

Conducted every two years by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and state and local education and health agencies, the YRBS is a school-based survey given to a representative sample of students in grades 9-12.

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