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Healthy Kids Colorado Survey

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Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS) Overview
(Formerly Youth Risk Behavior Survey, YRBS)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance (YRBS) System to monitor risk behaviors among youth. Since 2001, Boulder County YRBS survey results have measured how many youth engage in health risk behaviors and how many practice health-promoting behaviors.

In 2013, to strengthen the YRBS in Colorado, the Colorado Departments of Education, Public Health and Environment, and Health and Human Services undertook and funded a statewide, unified survey initiative – the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS).

Survey results are used to create school and community programs to reduce youth risk behaviors, and to encourage health, safety, and academic achievement.

HKCS Quick Facts

  • The survey was administered in November 2015.
  • The survey was administered to a random sample of 7th - 12th grade classrooms in Boulder Valley School District.
  • The survey is designed to be completed in one regular classroom period.  It does not include a physical test or exam.
  • The high school survey consists of 119 questions. The middle school survey is 79 questions.
  • Student participation is anonymous. Results are reported by school district and county only.
  • Students who are opted-out by their parents or guardians are assigned an alternate educational activity within the same classroom.
  • Input from all students in sampled classrooms helps produce an accurate picture of youth behavior in our community.
  • The survey is confidential and voluntary and asks students about their own health behaviors.

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