Gov. Douglas to Announce 2007 Student Health Survey Results

State of Vermont

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

For Immediate Release: November 06, 2007
Contact: Jason Gibbs
(802) 828-3333

Montpelier, Vt.  – Governor Jim Douglas will announce the results of the 2007 Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey on Wednesday, November 7, with Deputy Health Commissioner Christine Finley and Education Commissioner Richard Cate.

“The report is encouraging and shows a significant shift in how serious young people are about avoiding high-risk behavior,” said Gov. Jim Douglas. “It’s a tremendous accomplishment – for example – that currently 75 percent of students in Vermont think it is wrong to smoke cigarettes – up from 57 percent in 1999. This is only possible with a sustained public health campaign that led to a cultural shift in how smoking is perceived.”

The Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey is conducted by the Vermont Departments of Health and Education with 144 schools participating. Survey data is collected and the results have been reported every two years since 1993.

In 2007, more than 8,400 8th - 12th graders were asked about health behaviors ranging from smoking, alcohol and drug use, to daily exercise, to nutrition, to how well they communicate with their parents.

Governor Douglas, Deputy Health Commissioner Finley and Commissioner Cate will discuss positive trends fostered by the Governor’s Fit and Healthy Kids Initiative, as well as areas for improvement.

“It’s exciting to see more young people making healthy choices,” said Deputy Commissioner Finley. “We need to keep working to reduce childhood obesity, which can prevent Vermont kids from developing chronic diseases in the future.”

Education Commissioner Richard Cate will discuss how some Vermont schools have developed creative ways to increase physical activity that better enables students to focus and learn. 

WHEN:           Wednesday, November 7 – 1:00 p.m.
WHERE:        Governor’s Conference Room, Pavilion Office Building, Montpelier

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