Over the past decade, various state agencies have partnered to conduct the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, an anonymous survey that collects data on health-related behaviors of children and youth. The survey provides data on physical activity and nutrition, injury and violence, mental health, sexual health, alcohol, tobacco, and drug use, and more. Because some of these are controversial topics, Senate Bill 15-077, known as the “Parent’s Bill of Rights,” calls for parental approval to take the survey. Opponents argue that if this passes, the survey will be skewed and will not have the intended effects such as grant funding, according to an article in today’s paper.
Whatever your view on the parental issue, the survey reports provide helpful data on child and youth health and behaviors. The most recent report, with data from 2013, is newly available in print and online through our library. Search keyword Healthy Kids Colorado Survey in our library’s web catalog for reports from previous years.