Health Promotion and Prevention

The behavioral patterns established during a youths developmental periods help determine their current health status and their risk for developing chronic diseases during adulthood.

Although adolescence and young adulthood are generally healthy times of life, some important health and social problems either start or peak during these years.  

Examples include:

  • Mental Health concerns
  • Substance use
  • Smoking/nicotine use
  • Nutrition and weight conditions
  • Sexual Health
  • Violence
  • Academic problems and dropping out of school
  • Motor vehicle collisions

Adolescents and young adults are particularly sensitive to influences from their social environments. Their families, peer groups, schools, and neighborhoods can either support or threaten young people’s health and well-being. 

BVSD promotes healthy protective factors through education and programming at all school levels.  For more information on health promotion and prevention see our resources to the right.