The Manitoba Youth Health Survey (YHS) is implemented in schools across Manitoba every four years by Partners in Planning for Healthy Living.
The first implementation was completed in 2006-08 by grades 9 to 12 students and 6 to 12 students from select RHAs. Almost 48,000 students from 407 schools took part. The survey looked at physical activity, healthy eating, body mass index, tobacco use, alcohol and drug use, school connectedness and hopelessness.
The 2012-13 implementation of the YHS was completed by grades 7 to 12 students across all RHAs. More than 64,000 students from 476 schools took part. The survey looked at physical activity, healthy eating, body mass index, tobacco use, alcohol and drug use, school and community connectedness, hopelessness and mental wellbeing, as well as sun/UF safety, bullying, injury prevention and healthy sexuality. The 2012-13 YHS also included an online survey completed by school administrators. This survey obtains information on elements of the school environment that also affect the health of our students.
The Manitoba YHS includes independent schools, First Nations schools and Hutterite schools, and all students in eligible grades are invited to take part.
Reports are generated at the school, school division, regional and provincial level. These are designed to stimulate and inform targeted planning to support and promote youth health.
If you are interested in conducting research using Youth Health Survey data, contact the PPHL Data Access Review Panel.