HHS/CDC Releases 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results

June 23, 2014

On June 12, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s,  Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) released the 2013 national, state, and local Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) results on the YRBS website at www.cdc.gov/yrbs.

YRBS provides data representative of students in grades 9–12 attending U.S. high schools. It monitors six categories of priority health-risk behaviors among high school students—behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence; tobacco use; alcohol and other drug use; sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection; unhealthy dietary behaviors; and physical inactivity—plus the prevalence of asthma and obesity.

The release includes: 

* an MMWR Surveillance Summary that includes results from the 2013 National YRBS and from 42 state and 21 local YRBSs

* new fact sheets and summary documents

* an updated version of Youth Online – a web-based data system that allows users to view and analyze national, state, and local YRBS results

* an updated version of the YRBS Data Widget – a small web application that national, state, and local partners can place directly on their agency’s or organization’s website to help disseminate YRBS results quickly and conveniently

* public-use datasets and technical documentation

  For more information about the YRBS:

* Website: www.cdc.gov/yrbs

* Phone: 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636)

* E-mail: nccddashinfo@cdc.gov

* Follow us on Twitter: @DrZazaCDC


Another success story: Italy adapts Botvin LifeSkills Training | Prevention Hub

June 19, 2014

One of the most widely used school-based prevention programmes has proven to be effective in reducing drug use among adolescents in yet another country. After a team of researchers translated the programme known as Botvin LifeSkills Training into Italian, it was launched in around 180 schools in Lombardy, a region of Northern Italy. Within those schools the programme reached approximately 30,000 students and involved 1,800 teachers. The programme was found to reduce teenage smoking rates by 40% while boosting students’ self-esteem and equipping them with the relevant skills to deal with stressful situations. Following the success of the programme in Northern Italy, the Regional Observatory on Drug Addiction of Lombardy would like to see the programme implemented in schools across the country.


via Another success story: Italy adapts Botvin LifeSkills Training | Prevention Hub.

A Guide to Federal Education Programs That Can Fund K-12 Universal Prevention and Social and Emotional Learning

June 17, 2014

The Center on Education Policy and the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools created this user-friendly guide that highlights 15 federal elementary and secondary education programs where the statutory language or the regulations/guidance that accompanies a program appear to permit funds to be used to support universal prevention programs and social and emotional learning initiatives. The guide also provides examples of schools, districts, and state education agencies that have successfully supported their prevention programs with federal education dollars.  You can access the guide here:  http://www.cep-dc.org/displayDocument.cfm?DocumentID=437

LifeSkills Training Prevention Program Cuts Teen Smoking Rates in Italy

June 10, 2014

Results from a new multi-year initiative provide further evidence that a school prevention program called Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) can dramatically cut teen cigarette smoking. After identifying LST as the top-rated prevention program, researchers in Italy translated the LST program into Italian and adapted it for Italian youth. Preliminary data show that the LST program cut the rate of cigarette smoking by 40% among participating Italian youth compared to those who did not receive the program. The results were presented at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Prevention Research on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Previous research with LST shows that it prevents tobacco, alcohol, illicit drugs, violence, and delinquency.

Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, developer of the LST program, and Dr. Veronica Velasco, a psychologist and researcher at The Regional Observatory on Drug Addiction (OReD) of Lombardy, Italy (who participated via video) reported that LST also increased drug refusal skills and anti-drug attitudes compared to controls, and increased adaptive coping skills, interpersonal skills, and sense of well-being among participating students (ages 11-14). 

Read more…

via LifeSkills Training: Press Releases.

An explosion of youth exposure to e-cigarette TV ads

June 9, 2014

As the federal government moves to set rules that would ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors, a new study shows that TV ads for the products have increased dramatically during programs most likely to be watched by adolescents and young adults.

According to the study published online today by the journal Pediatrics, between 2011 and 2013 exposure to e-cigarette TV ads increased by 256% among adolescents ages 12 to 17 and by 321% among young adults, ages 18 to 24.

via An \’explosion\’ of youth exposure to e-cigarette TV ads.

Apply for a $2k Mini-Grant to Combat Tobacco Use

June 2, 2014

Schools and Community Youth Groups: Apply before June 30 at YStreet.org for a $2,000 grant to sponsor a Y Street group!

Y Street is the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth’s award-winning teen volunteer initiative for high school students. The Y Street Grant program was launched in 2008 to recruit youth throughout Virginia to work on health related projects within their communities. Grant recipients receive up to $2,000 while simultaneously tackling important issues related to tobacco and childhood obesity. School-based and community-based organizations located in Virginia that work with high school teens are encouraged to apply to become part of this statewide movement.


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