CDC 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Shows Connection Between Health and Academic Achievement

The YRBS data can encourage schools to reinforce policies and practices that support healthy eating and physical activity to help children reach their full potential.

Research shows a strong connection between healthy behaviors and academic achievement (e.g., grades, standardized tests, graduation rates, attendance).5-10 Data from the 2019 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) illustrate the prevalence of health behaviors among children and adolescents that can have a significant impact on learning and a lifetime of healthier living.

Click here to view the CDC Healthy School page, access 2019 YRBS Fact Sheets, Resources, and references