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Youth survey reveals poor eating, seatbelt habits

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Some recent numbers are revealed about South Dakota's young people. The numbers may surprise you. It's a risk behavioral survey giving feedback about our youth.

State health officials look closely at the numbers while they compare where we stand with other states.

1500 young people from 25 schools were randomly selected to ask a series of questions.

Though it's random, it still gives the Department of Health a good idea of where South Dakota stands.

"All parents should know what's going on around them. It should be a call of action for schools, parents and students to improve their health behaviors," Dr. Lon Kightlinger said.

20.1% of young people in South Dakota admit they rarely, or never, wear their seatbelts in the car.

Nationally: the number is 7.7%

Only 15.7% of South Dakota youth admit they eat at least three fruits or vegetables each day.

These numbers make us one of the lowest scoring states in the nation.

Nationally: the number is 22.6%

Some good health news: obesity rates in South Dakota are low. We have a 9.8% obesity rate among our youth. The national rate is 13%

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