Eating a regular and healthy breakfast is associated with academic performance, increased school attendance rates, memory, cognitive and psychosocial function, and mood. For the first time in 2013, the NM YRRS included a question about the frequency of eating breakfast. Among New Mexico high school students, 33.4% ate breakfast on all of the past 7 days.
Questionnaire items about synthetic marijuana use among middle and high school students were included in the YRRS for the first time in 2013. Among New Mexico high school students, the prevalence of current (past 30 day) synthetic marijuana use was second only to the prevalence of marijuana use.
National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) results released in June allow comparisons between New Mexico and US high school students. In 2013, compared to their US peers, NM students had higher rates of drug use (including lifetime use of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines, and using marijuana before age 13).
Rates for several important risk behaviors have fallen dramatically among New Mexico high school students in recent years, according to the latest results from the 2013 New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS). _is encouraging news is most pronounced in areas related to alcohol use, tobacco use, and violence.
This newsletter is released by the New Mexico Emerging Infections Program.