The Washington State Healthy Youth Survey measures health risk behaviors that contribute
to morbidity, mortality, and social problems among youth in Washington State. These
behaviors include alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, behaviors that result in
unintentional and intentional injuries (e.g., violence), dietary behaviors, physical
activity, and related risk and protective factors.
The 2010 administration was the twelfth statewide survey of Washington's students.
The survey results are an important source of needs-assessment data for school districts,
community-based organizations, local health and human service agencies, and state
agencies. The results are used to monitor the health status of adolescents and track
progress on state and federal education and health-related goals.
The information from the Healthy Youth Survey may be used to identify trends in
patterns of behavior over time. State-level results may also be used to compare
national and other state-level results. State agencies, local health jurisdictions,
county prevention coordinators, community mobilization coalitions, community public
health and safety networks, and others use this information to guide policies and
programs that serve youth.