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Case Study: Prevention of Smoking Among Teens:

Ms. McBeal, a health educator in Lostlake, West Virginia is interested in developing a promotional campaign to decrease smoking among teens. To interest key players in her community she wants to create a presentation with information about tobacco use among teens with national, state and local statistical data, causes, adverse effects, and prevention.

Exercises:

  1. What is the current smokeless tobacco use by youth under 18 in the United States? Has the use increased or decreased since 1995? What is the breakdown by gender? What is the use and trend in your home state?

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  2. Did the number of students 18 or younger attending physical education (PE) classes daily in the US increase or decrease from 1999 to 2003? What about the number in your home state?

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  3. Find the Prevalence data for flu shots for persons over 65. Are more people over 65 getting immunized against the flu? When you group them by gender is there a difference in the numbers? How about the number in your home state?

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  4. Using the BRFSS web site find the SMART Health Risk Data for all 98 areas for the Health Care Access category. Is your home area in the list?

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  5. Using the Health Services/Sciences Research Resources (HSRR), can you find state data sets that include physical activity?

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  6. Go to West Virginia Bureau of Public Health, find information on Health Statistics. Is it possible to receive special assistance with statistical analysis for research projects?

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