CDC Areas of Risk

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified 6 areas of risk that confront children and adolescents today. CDC's National Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors these 6 categories of health-risk behaviors among youth:

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  • Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence
  • Sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and STDs, including HIV
  • Tobacco use
  • Alcohol and other drug use
  • Unhealthy dietary behaviors
  • Inadequate physical activity

In addition to these key risk behaviors, HealthSmart covers mental/emotional health and personal health and wellness, two other areas identified by CDC as essential parts of a comprehensive health education program.

Why It Works

Download the Foundation Book for your grade level to learn about how the program was developed and the educational premises on which it’s based.

Read More About It

These blog posts explain some of the unique aspects of the HealthSmart program.

The HealthSmart Approach

Putting Research into Action

Teaching Knowledge and Skills

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is the print or digital edition best for me?
  • How does HealthSmart support teachers?
  • Does HealthSmart align with Common Core State Standards?

The answer to these questions - and many more - are available on our FAQs page.


ETR provides a 2-day HealthSmart training with a 1-day follow-up booster session. This is the ideal model for educators who are or will be implementing the HealthSmart program. For more information, visit the Training page.

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