Student Health and Wellness 

CPS Health Data

Youth Risk Behavior Survey

The Office of Student Health and Wellness administers the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) on a biannual basis on odd numbered years. This survey, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults (CDC, 2014). Those health-risk behaviors include:

  • Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence
  • Sexual risk behaviors that contribute to sexually transmitted diseases and unintended pregnancy
  • Tobacco use
  • Alcohol and other drug use
  • Unhealthy dietary behaviors
  • Inadequate physical activity

Where is YRBS distributed?

YRBS is a national survey conducted on the state, local, territorial, tribal, and district level. A sample of Chicago Public Schools was taken for the 2013 survey which included 29 high schools and 32 middle schools, with 1,596 high school students and 1,228 middle school students participating.

How is YRBS used?

Nationally, the results of this survey are used to measure progress towards achieving the objectives of Healthy People 2020, an initiative of the Department of Health and Human Services. In addition, community based organizations, universities, hospital systems, and other national, state and local entities use YRBS data to inform their programming and to apply for funding to address these important issues. Locally in Chicago, YRBS is used to assess the trends of health-risk behaviors among high school and middle school students in CPS and to evaluate the policies, initiatives, and practices of CPS. To view national and local data, please visit the CDC YRBS website

YRBS Resources

Dietary Behavior Overview
Physical Activity Overview
Sexual Health Activity Overview


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