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School health profiles 2012 : 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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    School health profiles coordinators -- -- Background and introduction -- Health education -- Physical education -- Healthy and safe school environment -- Health services -- Family and community involvement -- School health coordination -- Report contents -- -- Methods -- Sampling -- Data collection -- Data analysis -- -- Results -- Health education -- Physical education and physical activity -- Healthy and safe school environment -- Health services -- -- Changes over time -- Long-term changes -- short-term changes -- -- Discussion -- References -- Tables.

    In the United States, more than 54 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 has been conducted biennially since 1996 and includes state, large urban school district, territorial, and tribal surveys of principals and lead health education teachers in middle and high schools. Profiles helps state, local, territorial, and tribal 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 United States Department of Agriculture [USDA] school meal programs); asthma management activities; and family and community involvement in school health programs.

    The broad focus of Profiles is designed to provide information on five of the eight components of coordinated school health: health education, physical education, healthy and safe school environment, health services, and family and community involvement.2–4 Profiles also provides information on the coordination of all components of school health.

    Suggested citation: Demissie Z, Brener ND, McManus T, Shanklin SL, Hawkins J, Kann L. School Health Profiles 2012: Characteristics of Health Programs Among Secondary Schools. Atlanta: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2013.

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