Youth risk behavior surveillance : selected Steps communities, 2005
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Youth risk behavior surveillance : selected Steps communities, 2005

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    "The Steps to a Healthier US Cooperative Agreement Program (Steps Program) is a national, multilevel chronic disease prevention effort coordinated by CDC. Through this program, Steps communities (i.e., small cities or rural areas whose activities are coordinated by a state health department, large cities or urban areas, and tribes or tribal entities) receive funds to implement chronic disease prevention and health promotion activities focused on reducing the burden of obesity, diabetes, and asthma and addressing three related risk behaviors: unhealthy dietary behaviors, physical inactivity, and tobacco use. To measure program outcomes and assess progress toward program goals, Steps communities participate in existing surveillance systems, including the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS). CDC developed YRBSS to monitor six categories of priority health-risk behaviors among youth and young adults, including 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 (STDs), including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections; unhealthy dietary behaviors; and physical inactivity. In addition, YRBSS monitors general health status and the prevalence of overweight and asthma. YRBSS includes a national school-based survey conducted by CDC and state and local school-based surveys conducted by state and local education and health agencies; surveys have been conducted biennially since 1991. Steps communities participating in YRBSS use a modified core questionnaire that asks about dietary behaviors, physical activity, and tobacco use and monitors the prevalence of overweight, diabetes, and asthma. Participation in YRBSS provides community-level data regarding relevant risk behaviors; high-quality data that are comparable across Steps communities, states, and the nation; and a consistent, stable source of data that will enable programs to monitor progress.." p. 1-2
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    Nancy D. Brener, Laura Kann, Danyael Garcia, Goldie MacDonald, Fred Ramsey, Sally Honeycutt, Joseph Hawkins, Steve Kinchen, William A. Harris

    "February 23, 2007"

    References: p. 7.

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