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Alabama Adolescent Physical Health Facts

Overall health and presence of chronic health conditions, ages 12-17, 2011-12 PH1

Percent of adolescents ages 12-17 whose parent describes being in:/th>AlabamaUnited States
Excellent/very good health83%83%
Good health12%13%
Fair/poor health5%4%
Percent of adolescents ages 12-17 who have a chronic condition (according to parent)AlabamaUnited States
No chronic conditions71%69%
One chronic conditions17%18%
Fair/poor health12%13%

The National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) defines chronic conditions as including: "learning disability; ADD or ADHD; depression; anxiety problems; behavioral or conduct problems; autism or other autism spectrum disorder; developmental delay; speech problems; asthma; diabetes; Tourette Syndrome; epilepsy or seizure disorder; hearing problems; vision problems; bone or joint problems; and brain injury or concussion." For each condition, parent respondents were asked whether they have ever been told by a health care professional that the adolescent has the condition, and whether the adolescent currently has the condition.


Asthma prevalence among high school students (grades 9-12), 2015 PH2

Percent of high school students who report they have ever been told by a doctor or nurse that they had asthmaAlabamaUnited States
Total25%23%
Male29%22%
Female22%23%

Health insurance status, ages 12-17, 2011-2012 PH1

Percent of adolescents ages 12-17 who had health insurance at time of survey (according to parent)AlabamaUnited States
Total95%94%

Physical activity among high school students (grades 9-12), 2015 PH2

Percent of high school students who report they were physically active at least 60 minutes per day on 5 or more days (during the 7 days before survey)AlabamaUnited States
Total41%49%
Male52%58%
Female31%39%
Percent of high school students who report they attended physical education classes on 1 or more days in an average week (when they were in school)AlabamaUnited States
Total49%52%
Male57%55%
Female41%48%
Percent of high school students who report they played on at least 1 sports team run by their school or community groups (during the 12 months before the survey)AlabamaUnited States
Total52%58%
Male57%62%
Female48%53%
Percent of high school students who report they watched television 3 or more hours per day (on an average school day)AlabamaUnited States
Total31%25%
Male28%25%
Female34%24%
Percent of high school students who report they used computers 3 or more hours per day (on an average school day)AlabamaUnited States
Total38%42%
Male36%41%
Female41%43%

The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBS) defines physical activity as: "doing any kind of physical activity that increased their heart rate and made them breathe hard some of the time during the 7 days before the survey."

The YRBS defines used computers as: "having played video or computer games or used a computer for something that was not school work."


Weight/obesity status and eating behaviors among high school students (grades 9-12), 2015 PH2

Percent of high school students who report they were obeseAlabamaUnited States
Total16%14%
Male19%17%
Female14%11%
Percent of high school students who described themselves as slightly or very overweightAlabamaUnited States
Total29%32%
Male22%25%
Female36%38%

The YRBS defines obesity as: "≥ 95th percentile for body mass index (BMI), based on sex- and age-specific reference data from the 2000 CDC Growth Charts." BMI is calculated from students' self-reported height and weight.


Fruit, vegetable, and soda intake among high school students (grades 9-12), 2015 PH2

Percent of high school students who report they ate fruit or drank 100% fruit juices 2 or more times per day (during the 7 days before the survey)AlabamaUnited States
Total23%31%
Male24%33%
Female23%30%
Percent of high school students who report they ate vegetables 3 or more times per day (during the 7 days before the survey)AlabamaUnited States
Total10%15%
Male12%17%
Female8%13%
Percent of high school students who report they drank a can, bottle or glass of soda or pop 1 or more times per day (during the 7 days before the survey)AlabamaUnited States
Total28%20%
Male28%24%
Female29%16%

DATA NOTES

All percentages have been rounded to the nearest whole number.
N/A: data do not exist on this measure for this state.

DATA SOURCES

PH1
Overall health status and health insurance data are from: Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative; The Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health. National Survey of Children's Health, 2011-2012. Retrieved July 11, 2014, from http://www.childhealthdata.org/browse/survey
PH2
High school data are from: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). 1991-2015 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey data. Retrieved June 30, 2016, from http://nccd.cdc.gov/youthonline/App/Default.aspx
Content created by Office of Adolescent Health
Content last reviewed on April 4, 2017