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School health profiles 2008 : characteristics of health programs among secondary schools
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    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.) ; National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (U.S.). Division of Adolescent and School Health. ;
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    State, local, and territorial school health profiles coordinators -- Introduction -- Methods -- Background -- Results -- Trends -- Discussion -- References -- Tables

    In the United States, more than 55 million young people are enrolled in elementary and secondary schools. Because young people attend school about six hours a day approximately 180 days per year, schools are in a unique position to help improve the health status of children and adolescents throughout the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with state and local education and health agencies, developed the School Health Profiles (Profiles) to measure school health policies and practices. Profiles helps state, territorial, and local education and health agencies monitor and assess characteristics of and trends in school health education; physical education; school health policies related to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) prevention, tobacco-use prevention, and competitive foods (foods and beverages sold outside of the U. S. Department of Agriculture [USDA] school meal programs); asthma management activities; and family and community involvement in school health programs. Profiles has been conducted biennially since 1996 and includes state, territorial, and local surveys of principals and lead health education teachers in middle and high schools.

    Suggested citation: Brener ND, McManus T, Foti K, Shanklin SL, Hawkins J, Kann L, Speicher N. School Health Profiles 2008: Characteristics of Health Programs Among Secondary Schools. Atlanta: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2009.


    Includes bibliographical references (p. 51-56).

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