Objective

Baselinea

Substance Use

 

Reduce past-month use of illicit substances (marijuana)

1998

12- to 17-year-olds (percent)

8.3

Reduce tobacco use by adolescents

1999

9th- to 12th-grade students (percent)

40.0

Pregnancy

 

Reduce pregnancies among adolescent females

1996

15- to 17-year-olds (per 1,000 families)

67.0

Increase the proportion of adolescents who participate in responsible sexual behavior

1999

9th- to 12th-grade students (percent)

85.0

Disordered Eating

 

Reduce the proportion of adolescents who are overweight or obese

1988–1994

12- to 19-year-olds (percent)

11.0

Physical Activity

 

Increase the proportion of adolescents who engage in vigorous physical activity that promotes cardiovascular fitness 3 or more days per week for 20 or more minutes per occasion

1999

9th- to 12th-grade students (percent)

65.0

NOTES: — = data not available; TNP = target not provided.

aU.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2000).

bU.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2006a, 2007a).

rates, incidence of disease, prevalence of chronic conditions, and use of health services.


Finding: Adolescence is a period of both risk and opportunity. Adolescents may take risks that can jeopardize their health during these early years, as well as contribute to the leading causes of death and disease in adulthood. During adolescence, a range of health conditions can



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