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What is Youth At-Risk Behavior?


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Question: What is Youth At-Risk Behavior?

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Simply stated it is any behavior that puts the youth at risk for negative consequences, like future poor health, injury or death. The CDC tracks certain youth at-risk behaviors that they have deemed important and observable in their Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, which gives a report every year. They assess six categories of priority health risk behaviors:
  • behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence;
  • tobacco use;
  • alcohol and other drug use;
  • sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and STDs, including HIV infection;
  • unhealthy dietary behaviors;
  • and physical inactivity—plus overweight and asthma.

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