CDC Data on Health-Related Behaviors and Academic Achievement Among High School Students Available

Published Date: 
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Adolescent Health

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new data that emphasizes the connection between student health and academic performance. Although studies have indicated a relationship between educational outcomes and health-related behaviors, there has been a lack of recent nationally representative studies. CDC analyzed results from the 2015 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) to assess the relationship between academic achievement and 30 health-related behaviors significantly contributing to morbidity and mortality among adolescents in the United States. Key findings from this study include:

  • Regardless of gender, race/ethnicity, and grade-level, high school students reporting lower academic grades also reported greater health risk behaviors associated with substance use, violence, poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, and risky sexual behavior.
  • Students who reported positive academic outcomes had statistically significantly higher prevalence estimates for protective health-related behaviors compared to their peers who reported poor academic outcomes.

These findings demonstrate the importance of the school as a key setting for improving health. This study suggests that a collaboration between education and public health professionals to achieve both improved health outcomes and education for youth may be mutually beneficial. All rights reserved©