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Ohio Teens Make Strides In Healthy Behaviors

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More Ohio teenagers are engaging in healthy behaviors today, compared to 1999 and 2003, according to the 2007 Ohio Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). While the results of the survey are encouraging, there are still areas for improvement.

Not using a seat belt, physical fighting in schools, suicide attempts and alcohol, tobacco and illegal drug use have all decreased significantly since 1999, the YRBS shows. However, fruit consumption and daily milk drinking have also declined significantly since 2003, according to the survey. "Ohio teenagers are on the right track," said Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Director Alvin D. Jackson, M.D. "While the overall results are encouraging, we must continue our efforts to instill healthy habits in our young people."