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Deborah S. Main, Douglas H. Fernald, Kathryn A. Judge Nearing, Donna K. Duffy & Jill A. Elnicki

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Chapter 7: The Colorado School Health Education Initiative: Promoting School Health Education Through Capacity Building

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The Colorado School Health Education Initiative: Promoting School Health Education Through Capacity Building
The colorado school health education initiative: Promoting school health education through capacity building
Deborah S.MainDouglas H.FernaldKathryn A. JudgeNearingDonna K.DuffyJill A.Elnicki

The majority of illnesses, deaths, and social problems among young people are caused by a relatively few preventable health behaviors. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2000), the leading causes of morbidity and mortality among youth ages 10 to 24 years in the United States are as follows:

  • Unintentional injuries
  • Tobacco use
  • Alcohol or other drug use
  • Sexual behaviors that lead to unintentional pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases
  • Dietary behaviors
  • Physical activity

Results of national surveys of children and adolescents indicate that youth engage in these health risk behaviors at alarming rates, with the onset for ...

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