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CDC report shows some risky youth behavior is down

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - The amount of teenage smokers has been cut in half in the last 20 years, and that's just some of the encouraging news from a new survey by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.

A survey of risky youth behavior just released also found that the percentage of teens who are sexually active has also declined in that time.

Officials at the after school program for at-risk teens in Quincy, Teen Reach, say they have discussions with their youth about these behaviors in hopes to steer them in the right direction.

"Team-building shows them that they can be leaders instead of followers, and it shows them to trust each other and to come to each other when they have problems," Lachelle Wigfall of Teen Reach said.

The study found teen drinking has also declined, but texting while driving was up in this study.

To see the full report click the link below:

http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/yrbs/index.htm?s_cid=tw_cdc16


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