Teens Are Making Healthier Life Choices

Project SOS Teens

Research Shows Teens Can And Are Making Healthier Life Choices
The Recent Youth Behavior Risk Survey (YBRS) from the CDC for Duval County show some very encouraging results when it comes to teens making healthy choices. With all the bad news in the media, we need to celebrate our victories and continue on with the work we are doing to help our teens.

 

High School Student Victories!
Behavior                                         2011                     2015                     % OF CHANGE


Alcohol Use:                                  35.6%                  30.2%                   -5.4%
Cigarette Use:                              12.4%                   7.1%                      -5.3%
Ever had Sexual Intercourse:   50.9%                  36.7%                   -14.2%
Currently Sexually Active:        36.7%                   25.6%                   -11.1%
Watched TV 3+ hours/day:      41.1%                    28.2%                  -13.9%

 

Middle School Student Victories!
Behavior                                         2011                     2015                     % OF CHANGE


Alcohol Use:                                  36.5%                  30.0                      -6.5%
Cigarette Use:                               23.0%                  17.2%                   -5.8%
Ever had Sexual Intercourse:   18.8%                  12.6%                   -6.2%
Had 3 or more sex partners:     7.6%                    4.5%                     -3.1%
Ever Used Marijuana:                14.5%                  13.9%                    -0.6%

 

High School Students’ Caution Areas!

Behavior                                         2011                     2015                     % OF CHANGE


Current Marijuana Use:            22.9%                 25.0%                   +2.1%
Were obese:                                  11.9%                  13.1%                    +1.2%
Bullied on School property:      17.6%                  20.2%                   +2.6%
Attempted Suicide:                      12.7%                  18.9%                    +6.2%

 

Middle School Student Caution Areas!                                                        Behavior                                         2011                     2015                     % OF CHANGE


Slightly or very overweight:     22.0%                 25.3%                  +3.3%
Attempted Suicide:                      8.4%                   11.3%                   +2.9%

 

Our teenagers do make healthy life choices when given medically accurate, age appropriate information in an environment filled with love, encouragement and entertainment. Project SOS has been working with teens in middle schools and high schools throughout Northeast Florida for over 20 years. We are very excited that more and more teens have made healthy life choices to help them reach their goals and dreams through avoiding drugs, alcohol and sex.

The most important area of concern is the number of student who have thought about or attempted suicide. Our students are valuable and need to be told by parents, sibling, teachers, and others involved that they are one of a kind, cannot be replaced, are here for a purpose and have a future filled with hope. Most of all they need to know and hear they are loved. Come help us reach teens at www.projectsos.com or call our office at 904-296-9950.

Pam Mullarkey Robbins, Ph.D.
Founder/CEO
Project SOS, Inc.
4417 Beach Blvd.
Bldg. 1100, Suite 103
Jacksonville, FL 32207

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