Guilford County Department of Public Health is pleased to present the 2011 Guilford County Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) results. The YRBS is a national survey developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to assess the risk behaviors of our middle and high school students through an anonymously answered survey.
This is the third time the YRBS has been administered locally to students within Guilford County Schools. Consequently, we can compare these results with 2003 and 2008 Guilford County data as well as the North Carolina findings from the Department of Public Instruction’s administration. This data collection and report were made possible with a grant from Cone Health Foundation and additional in-kind support from the Guilford County Department of Public Health staff, faculty and graduate students from UNC Greensboro’s Department of Public Health Education and Health & Human Sciences Office of Research and staff of Guilford Education Alliance.
The survey asks questions about important health and safety topics, including: physical activity, nutrition, body weight, safety, bullying, violence related behaviors, tobacco use, alcohol and other drug use, sexual education and behavior, mental health and asthma. These data can help us better understand the behaviors of our youth and inform the development of stronger prevention and intervention programs that support healthy youth development. We want all of our youth to grow up to become healthy, capable adults!