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CSH Data/Research/Studies

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                                       Data and Research
Results of the 2010 School Health Profiles
The School Health Profiles (Profiles) is a system of surveys assessing school health policies and practices in states, large urban school districts, territories and tribal governments. Profiles surveys are conducted every two years through the Connecticut State Department of Education. Surveys are completed by middle and high school principals and lead health education teachers. Visit the School Health Profiles page to view national and Connecticut data.

Connecticut School Health Survey
The Connecticut School Health Survey (CSHS) is comprised of the Youth Tobacco Component (YTC) and the Youth Behavior Component (YBC).  These two school surveys have been co-administered by the State Departments of Public Health and Education since 2005.

The YTC is a school-based survey of students in Grades 6 - 12, with randomly chosen classrooms within selected schools, and is anonymous and confidential. The YBC is also a school-based survey of students, but only of high-school grades 9 - 12 and it, too, is anonymous and confidential. Click on these links for the 2011 CSHS Factsheet.

Visit the Department of Public Health Web page for more information on the Connecticut School Health Survey for 2011 and earlier.

The Impact of Early Childhood Lead Exposure on Educational Test Performance among Connecticut School Children, Phase 1 Report
Children's Environmental Health Initiative, Duke Univeristy [PDF]
Healthier Students are Better Learners: A Missing Link in School Reforms to Close the Achievement Gap, Dr. Charles E. Basch [PDF]
The Impact of Removing Snacks of Low Nutritional Value From Middle Schools

A new article in this month’s issue of the Health Education and Behavior journal is based on Connecticut’s 2003-2005 Healthy Snack Pilot.

The article addresses two concerns regarding selling healthy foods at school: Do children compensate at home by eating more unhealthy foods? Do school-based obesity programs increase student preoccupation with weight?

Findings indicate that removing low nutrition items from schools decreased students’ consumption with no compensatory increase at home and no differences in students’ reported weight concerns.

Connecticut is a top-ranking state at limiting less nutritious snack foods and beverages in secondary schools.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released an MMWR report entitled Availability of Less Nutritious Snack Foods and Beverages in Secondary Schools—Selected States, 2002–2008. The findings of this report are from the School Health Profiles. The report indicates that Connecticut ranks number three in states in the percentage of schools in which students could not purchase candy or salty snacks from vending machines at the school or at a school store, canteen, or snack bar.

The report highlights the substantial progress made across the United States in increasing the percentage of secondary schools in which students could not purchase less nutritious snack foods and beverages from vending machines or at school stores, canteens, or snack bars.

The greatest improvements were seen in states, like Connecticut, that have adopted strong school nutrition standards and policies for foods and beverages outside school meal programs. State data is available in this report: MMWR Report

Study Shows Overwhelming Parent Support for Healthier Schools

The majority of parents want schools to limit students' access to high-calorie chips, sodas and candy and to offer them opportunities for physical activity throughout the day, a new survey by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation shows. The national survey signals the breadth of parents' support for changes to make schools healthier places—and their willingness to help make those changes happen. In fact, nearly eight in 10 parents are ready to get more involved to create a healthier environment in their local schools. Read the press release

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