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Alaska 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>AlaskaUnited States
Excellent/very good health85%83%
Good health12%13%
Fair/poor health3%4%
Percent of adolescents ages 12-17 who have a chronic condition (according to parent)AlaskaUnited States
No chronic conditions75%69%
One chronic conditions12%18%
Fair/poor health13%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 asthmaAlaskaUnited States
Total19%23%
Male18%22%
Female21%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)AlaskaUnited States
Total93%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)AlaskaUnited States
Total44%49%
Male49%58%
Female39%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)AlaskaUnited States
Total43%52%
Male51%55%
Female35%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)AlaskaUnited States
Total63%58%
Male63%62%
Female62%53%
Percent of high school students who report they watched television 3 or more hours per day (on an average school day)AlaskaUnited States
Total22%25%
Male24%25%
Female20%24%
Percent of high school students who report they used computers 3 or more hours per day (on an average school day)AlaskaUnited States
Total34%42%
Male35%41%
Female33%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 obeseAlaskaUnited States
Total14%14%
Male17%17%
Female11%11%
Percent of high school students who described themselves as slightly or very overweightAlaskaUnited States
Total32%32%
Male26%25%
Female38%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)AlaskaUnited States
Total29%31%
Male30%33%
Female27%30%
Percent of high school students who report they ate vegetables 3 or more times per day (during the 7 days before the survey)AlaskaUnited States
Total14%15%
Male13%17%
Female15%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)AlaskaUnited States
Total19%20%
Male23%24%
Female14%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