School health profiles 2006 : characteristics of health programs among secondary schools
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School health profiles 2006 : characteristics of health programs among secondary schools

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      In the United States, 54 million young people attend school for about six hours of class time approximately 180 days per year. Schools are therefore in a unique position to help improve the health status of children and adolescents throughout the United States. In 1995, 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 health education practices and some school health policies. During the past 10 years, based on input from education and health agencies, Profiles has evolved to provide a more comprehensive assessment of school health policies and programs.

      Profiles helps state and local education and health agen- cies monitor and assess characteristics of and trends in school health education; physical education; health services; school health policies related to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) prevention, tobacco-use prevention, violence prevention, physical activity, and competitive foods (foods and beverages sold outside of the U.S. Department of Agriculture [USDA] school meal programs); and family and community involvement in school health programs. Profiles has been conducted biennially since 1996 and includes state and local surveys of principals and lead health education teachers in middle and high schools.

      Suggested citation: alaji AB, Brener ND, McManus T, Hawkins J, Kann L, Speicher N. School Health Profiles: Characteristics of Health Programs Among Secondary Schools 2006. Atlanta: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2008.

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