A state survey indicates Ohio teens are making healthy decisions when riding, but need to work on their choices when eating.
Results of the latest Youth Risk Behavioral Survey released this week by Ohio Department of Health show 83 percent of Ohio teenagers wear seat belts when riding in a car, and 79 percent report they do not ride with other teens who have been drinking.
The survey also reveals just 7.2 percent of Ohio teens follow dietary guidelines that call for at least two servings of fruits and vegetables daily. It also finds about 30 percent report a height and weight that would classify them as overweight or obese.
"There is still more work that needs to be done to encourage healthy eating habits among our youngsters," said Ted Wymyslo, M.D, director of the state health department.
The same probably could be said of most adults, too. But overall, the survey is positive news.
Mistakes made behind the wheel all too often have sudden, deadly results. A medical examiner might not able to offer advice to a teen who failed to buckle up or made a bad decision involving drinking and driving.
But poor choices involving diet and exercise can lead to stern warnings from a physician, whose admonition is likely to include the terms "fatty foods" and "daily physical activity." Plus, couch potatoes seldom injure or kill innocent bystanders.
Youth Risk Behavioral Survey had other stats that are cause for optimism:
62 percent of Ohio teens do not drink alcohol.
78.9 percent said they don't smoke cigarettes.
92 percent report they did not drink and drive in the previous month.
85 percent say they have at least one adult they feel comfortable seeking help with a problem.
This indicates those who engage in prevention education efforts - and that pretty much includes all adults - have peer pressure and trust on their side.
The survey also shows teens are capable of making intelligent, healthy choices. That's something for their role models - again, pretty much all adults - to keep in mind.