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Virginia Adolescent Physical Health & Nutrition Facts

Overall health and presence of health conditions, ages 12-17, 2016 PH1

Percent of adolescents ages 12-17 who:VirginiaUnited States
Parent describes being in excellent or very good health94%88%
Percent of adolescents ages 12-17 who had a health condition 1 (according to parent)VirginiaUnited States
No health conditions54%53%
One health condition22%22%
Two or more health conditions24%25%

Asthma prevalence among high school students (grades 9-12), 2017 PH2

Percent of high school students who report they had ever been told by a doctor or nurse that they had asthmaVirginiaUnited States
Total20%23%
Male21%22%
Female20%23%

Health insurance status, ages 12-17, 2016 PH1

Percent of adolescents ages 12-17 who:VirginiaUnited States
Had health insurance at time of survey (according to parent)97%94%

Inadequate sleep among high school students (grades 9-12), 2017 PH2

Percent of high school students who report they did not get 8 or more hours of sleep (on an average school night)VirginiaUnited States
Total73%75%
Male69%74%
Female77%75%

Physical activity among high school students (grades 9-12), 2017 PH2

Percent of high school students who report they were physically active 2 at least 60 minutes per day on 5 or more days during the 7 days before the surveyVirginiaUnited States
Total42%47%
Male52%57%
Female33%37%
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)VirginiaUnited States
Total47%52%
Male52%56%
Female42%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)VirginiaUnited States
TotalN/A54%
MaleN/A60%
FemaleN/A49%
Percent of high school students who report they watched television for 3 or more hours per day (on an average school day)VirginiaUnited States
Total19%21%
Male19%21%
Female19%21%
Percent of high school students who report they played video or computer games or used a computer 3 for 3 or more hours per day for something other than school work (on an average school day)VirginiaUnited States
Total43%43%
Male42%43%
Female44%43%

Weight/obesity status among high school students (grades 9-12), 2017 PH2

Percent of high school students who report they were obese 4VirginiaUnited States
Total13%15%
Male14%17%
Female11%12%
Percent of high school students who report they described themselves as slightly or very overweightVirginiaUnited States
Total29%31%
Male24%25%
Female33%37%

Fruit, vegetable, and soda intake among high school students (grades 9-12), 2017 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)VirginiaUnited States
Total29%31%
Male31%34%
Female27%29%
Percent of high school students who report they ate vegetables 3 or more times per day (during the 7 days before the survey)VirginiaUnited States
Total15%14%
Male16%16%
Female13%12%
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)VirginiaUnited States
Total16%19%
Male19%22%
Female14%15%

Texting or emailing while driving among high school students (grades 9-12) who had driven a car or vehicle during the 30 days before the survey, 2017 PH2

Percent of high school students who report they texted or e-mailed while driving a car or other vehicle (on at least 1 day during the 30 days before the survey)VirginiaUnited States
TotalN/A39%
MaleN/A38%
FemaleN/A40%

Data notes

All percentages have been rounded to the nearest whole number.
N/A: Data do not exist on this measure for this state.
1
The 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health defines health conditions as including: allergies; anxiety problems; arthritis; asthma; Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD); Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD); behavioral or conduct problems; blood disorders; brain injury, concussion, or head injury; cerebral palsy; cystic fibrosis; depression; developmental delay; diabetes; Down syndrome; epilepsy or seizure disorder; genetic or inherited condition; hearing problems; heart condition; intellectual disability/mental retardation; frequent or severe headaches including migraine; learning disability; other mental health condition; speech or other language disorder; substance abuse disorder; Tourette Syndrome; and vision problems. For each condition, parent respondents were asked whether they have ever been told by a healthcare professional that the adolescent has the condition, and whether the adolescent currently has the condition.
2
The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (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.”
3
The YRBS defines video game or computer use as including “time spent on things such as Xbox, PlayStation, an iPad or other tablet, a smartphone, texting, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, or other social media, for something that was not school work, on an average school day.”
4
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.

Data sources

PH1
Overall health status, health condition, and health insurance data are from: The Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health. (2018). National Survey of Children's Health, 2016 [Data set]. Retrieved from http://www.childhealthdata.org/browse/survey
PH2
High school data are from: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2018). 1991-2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey [Data set]. Retrieved from http://nccd.cdc.gov/YouthOnline/App/Default.aspx
Content created by Office of Adolescent Health
Content last reviewed on May 29, 2019