State administers healthy youth survey

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This week, thousands of students across the state took the Healthy Youth Survey.

The Washington State Department of Health administers the survey to 6th-, 8th-, 10th- and 12th-graders in the state every two years.

The anonymous survey aims to track behaviors that can impact kids’ health. It includes questions on a variety of topics including tobacco, alcohol and drug use, diet and exercise, and bullying.

Nearly 300,000 kids in more than 1,000 school districts, including some in Clark County, take the survey. Individual answers are confidential; no names or personal identifiers are collected.

Survey results should be available by spring 2013 and can be broken down by educational service district and county.

For more information, or to review past survey results, visit http://www.askhys.net.