Did you know that every three years, a comprehensive health assessment is conducted in your county for adults and youth? This survey is commissioned and paid for by several organizations in your community including the health department, the hospital(s), the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board, your school districts, hospice, Family and Children First Council and United Way.
Ohio conducts a survey known as the Ohio Youth Risk Behavior Survey, and the results are in for 2013. The high response rates allow results to be generalized to all Ohio students in grades 9 through 12. Below are some of these results, and more can be found at the CDC website.
The percentage of students who reported rarely or never wearing a seatbelt (8.4 percent) significantly decreased.
The percentage of students who reported current alcohol use (29.5 percent) significantly decreased.
The percentage of students who reported having sexual intercourse over the past 30 days significantly decreased (31.0 percent during the past three months and 43.0 percent ever).
The percentage of students who reported using prescription pain relievers without a doctor's prescription one or more times during their life (12.8 percent) significantly decreased.
The percentage of students who ate fruits and vegetables five or more times per day over the past seven days (19.3 percent) significantly increased since 2007.
The percentage of students who reported drinking no soda or pop over the past seven days (27.6 percent) increased significantly since 2007 and 2011.
Areas for improvement
45.6 percent of students who drive a car reported texting or emailing while driving during the past 30 days.
The percentages of students who have been bullied on school property (20.8 percent) and electronically (15.1 percent) have remained steady since 2011.
The percentage of students who have used marijuana one or more times in their life (35.7 percent) has remained steady since 2011.
The percentage of students who were overweight (15.9 percent) and obese (13.0 percent) have remained steady.
26.6 percent of Ohio high school students reported eating at least one meal or snack from a fast food restaurant such as McDonald's, Taco Bell or KFC on three or more days during the past week.
The percentage of students who played video or computer games or used a computer for something not school related three or more hours per day on the average school day (37.3 percent) increased significantly since 2007 and 2011.
The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties is committed to sharing information and resources for better mental health and the prevention of substance abuse. It has a website, www.mhrsbssw.org, with a link to our Facebook page. If you would like more information, please call the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board at (419) 448-0640 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.weekdays. The board's hotline is available 24/7 at (800) 826-1306.