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Topic Variable Definition Years
Demographics What is your sex? Percentage of students by gender. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  What grade are you in? Percentage of students by grade. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  What is your race/ethnicity? Percentage of students by race/ethnicity. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
Year Year Year 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
Safety How often did you wear a helmet? Percentage of students who never or rarely wore a helmet when riding a bicycle during the 12 months before the survey. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015
  How often did you wear a seat belt? Percentage of students who never or rarely wore a seat belt when riding in a car driven by someone else. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Rode with drinking driver Percentage of students who, during the 30 days before the survey, rode one or more times in a car or other vehicle driven by someone who had been drinking alcohol. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Drove while drinking Percentage of students who, during the 30 days before the survey, drove a car or other vehicle when they had been drinking alcohol. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Drove while texting Percentage of students who, during the 30 days before the survey, drove a car or other vehicle while texting or emailing. 2013, 2015, 2017
Violence Carried a weapon during past 30 days Percentage of students who carried a weapon, such as a gun, knife, or club on one or more of the 30 days before the survey. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Carried a gun during past 30 days Percentage of students who carried a gun on one or more of the 30 days before the survey. (Definition change from prior years, previous variables removed) 2017
  Carried a weapon at school Percentage of students who carried a weapon on school property on one or more of the 30 days before the survey. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Missed school due to feeling unsafe Percentage of students who did not go to school on one or more days during the 30 days before the survey because they felt they would be unsafe at or on their way home from school. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Threatened at school Percentage of students who were threatened or injured by someone with a weapon on school property one or more times during the 12 months before the survey. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  In a physical fight Percentage of students who were in a physical fight one or more times during the 12 months before the survey. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Treated from injury due to fighting Percentage of students who had an injury treated by a doctor during the 12 months before the survey due to being in a physical fight. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015
  In a physical fight at school Percentage of students who were in a physical fight on school property one or more times during the 12 months before the survey. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Experienced physical dating violence Percentage of students who were hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend during the 12 months before the survey. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Physically forced to have sex Percentage of students who have ever been physically forced to have sexual intercourse when they did not want to. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Experienced sexual dating violence Percentage of students who was forced to do sexual things by someone they were dating, during the 12 months before the survey. 2013, 2015, 2017
  Experienced sexual violence Percentage of students who were forced to do sexual things they did not want to, during the 12 months before the survey. 2017
Bullying Bullied at school Percentage of students who had been bullied on school property during the 12 months before the survey. Bullying is when one or more students tease, threaten, spread rumors about, hit, shove, or hurt another student over and over again. 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Bullied electronically Percentage of students who had ever been electronically bullied during the 12 months before the survey. Electronic bullying includes being bullied through e-mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, Web sites, or texting. 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
Mental Health Experienced sadness for 2 weeks Percentage of students who, during the 12 months before the survey, ever felt so sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks or more in a row that they stopped doing some usual activities. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Seriously considered attempting suicide Percentage of students who seriously considered attempting suicide during the 12 months before the survey. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Made a plan to attempt suicide Percentage of students who made a plan about how they would attempt suicide during the 12 months before the survey. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Attempted suicide one or more times Percentage of students who actually attempted suicide one or more times during the 12 months before the survey. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Suicide attempt resulting in injury Percentage of students who had injuries that had to be treated by a doctor as a result of attempted suicide during the 12 months before the survey. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
Tobacco Use Ever tried cigarettes Percentage of students who had ever tried cigarette smoking, even one or two puffs. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Smoked cigarette before age 13 Percentage of students who smoked a whole cigarette before age 13. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Smoked on one or more of past 30 days Percentage of students who smoked cigarettes on one or more of the 30 days before the survey. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Smoked 10 or more cigarettes per day during the past 30 days Percentage of students who smoked more than 10 cigarettes per day on the days they smoked during the 30 days before the survey. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Bought cigarettes in a store Of students 17 years or younger who smoked, the percentage who bought their cigarettes from a store, gas station, or similar location during the 30 days before the survey. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015
  Smoked at school during the past 30 days Percentage of students who smoked on one or more days on school property during the 30 days before the survey. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013
  Smoked daily for 30 days Percentage of students who have ever smoked daily, at least one cigarette every day for 30 days. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013
  Tried to quit smoking Of students who were current smokers, the percentage who tried to quit smoking during the 12 months before the survey. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Used snuff/dip in past 30 days Percentage of students who used chewing tobacco, snuff, or dip on one or more days during the 30 days before the survey. (Definition change from prior years, previous variables removed) 2017
  Used snuff/dip at school in past 30 days Percentage of students who used chewing tobacco, snuff, or dip on one or more days during the 30 days before the survey on school property. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011
  Smoked cigars in past 30 days Percentage of students who smoked cigars or cigarillos on one or more days during the 30 days before the survey. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Used any tobacco Percentage of students who used any tobacco products during the 30 days before the survey. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Ever tried electronic vapor products Percentage of students who ever used electronic vapor products. (new variable) 2015, 2017
  Used electronic vapor products recently Percentage of students who used electronic vapor products on one or more of the 30 days before the survey. (new variable) 2015, 2017
  Bought electronic vapor products in a store Among students 17 years or younger who smoked, the percentage who bought their electronic vapor products from a store or similar location 30 days before the survey. (new variable) 2017
Alcohol Use Had 1+ drinks in lifetime Percentage of students who had at least one drink of alcohol on one or more days in their lifetime. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Drank alcohol before age 13 Percentage of students who had at least one drink of alcohol, other than a few sips, before age 13. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Had 1+ drinks in past 30 days Percentage of students who had at least one drink of alcohol on one or more of the 30 days before the survey. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Engaged in binge drinking Percentage of female students who had four or more drinks in a row or male students who had five or more drinks of alcohol in a row, that is, within a couple of hours, on one or more of the 30 days before the survey. (Definition change from prior years, previous variables removed) 2017
  Had 10 or more drinks in a row Percentage of students who had ten or more drinks of alcohol in a row, that is, within a couple of hours, on one or more of the 30 days before the survey. 2013, 2015, 2017
  Had 1+ drinks at school in past 30 days Percentage of students who had one or more drinks of alcohol on school property on one or more of the 30 days before the survey. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011
  Had alcohol given to them Of students who drank alcohol during the 30 days before the survey, the percentage who had their alcohol given to them from someone else. 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
Drug Use Used marijuana 1+ times in lifetime Percentage of students who used marijuana one or more times during their life. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Used marijuana before age 13 Percentage of students who used marijuana before age 13. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Used marijuana in past 30 days Percentage of students who used marijuana one or more times during the 30 days before the survey. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Used marijuana at school in past 30 days Percentage of students who used marijuana on school property one or more times during the 30 days before the survey 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011
  Ever used synthetic marijuana Percentage of students who used synthetic marijuana one or more times during their life. 2015, 2017
  Used cocaine 1+ times in lifetime Percentage of students who used any form of cocaine one or more times during their life. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Used cocaine in past 30 days Percentage of students who used any form of cocaine during the 30 days before the survey. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011
  Sniffed glue or inhaled any paints or sprays 1+ times in lifetime Percentage of students who sniffed glue, breathed the contents of aerosol spray cans, or inhaled any paints or sprays to get high one or more times during their life. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Used heroin 1+ times in lifetime Percentage of students who used heroin one or more times during their life. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Used meth 1+ times in lifetime Percentage of students who used methamphetamines one or more times during their life. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Used ecstasy 1+ times in lifetime Percentage of students who used ecstasy one or more times during their life. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Took steroids 1+ times in lifetime Percentage of students who took steroid pills or shots without a doctor's prescription one or more times during their life. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Used prescription pain medicine without a doctor's prescription Percentage of students who have taken prescription pain medication without a doctor's prescription one or more times during their life. (Definition change from prior years, previous variables removed) 2017
  Injected drugs 1+ times in lifetime Percentage of students who used a needle to inject any illegal drug into their body one or more times during their life. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Offered/sold drugs at school Percentage of students who were offered, sold, or given an illegal drug by someone on school property during the 12 months before the survey. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
Sexual Activity Have ever had sex Percentage of students who have ever had sexual intercourse. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Had sex before age 13 Percentage of students who had sexual intercourse before age 13. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Had sex with 4+ people in lifetime Percentage of students who have had sexual intercourse with four or more people during their life. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Had sex with 1+ people in past 3 months Percentage of students who had sexual intercourse with one or more people during the three months before the survey. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Used alcohol or other drugs at last sexual intercourse Among students who had sexual intercourse in the three months before the survey, the percentage who drank alcohol or used drugs before last sexual intercourse. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Used condom at last sexual intercourse Among students who had sexual intercourse in the three months before the survey, the percentage who used a condom during last sexual intercourse. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Have had sex but not in past 3 months Among students who have ever had sexual intercourse, the percentage who had not had sexual intercourse during the three months before the survey. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013
  Used birth control pills to prevent pregnancy Among students who had sexual intercourse in the three months before the survey, the percentage who used birth control pills to prevent pregnancy. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Used any form of birth control to prevent pregnancy Among students who had sexual intercourse in the three months before the survey, the percentage who used at least one form of birth control to prevent pregnancy. 2013, 2015, 2017
  Used condoms and another birth control to prevent pregnancy Among students who had sexual intercourse in the three months before the survey, the percentage who used a condom and another type of birth control to prevent pregnancy. 2013, 2015, 2017
  Taught about HIV/AIDS in school Percentage of students who had been taught in school about AIDS or HIV infection. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013
  Sexual contacts During your life, with whom have you had sexual contact? 2015, 2017
  Sexual identity Which of the following best describes you (sexual orientation)? 2015, 2017
Weight Described self as overweight Percentage of students who described themselves as slightly or very overweight. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Trying to lose weight Percentage of students who were trying to lose weight. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Exercised to lose weight Percentage of students who exercised to lose weight or to keep from gaining weight during the 30 days before the survey. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009
  Ate less food to lose weight Percentage of students who ate less food, fewer calories, or foods low in fat to lose weight or to keep from gaining weight during the 30 days before the survey. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009
  Went without eating to lose weight Percentage of students who went without eating for 24 hours or more to lose weight or to keep from gaining weight during the 30 days before the survey. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013
  Took diet pills to lose weight Percentage of students who took any diet pills, powders, or liquids without a doctor's advice to lose weight or to keep from gaining weight during the 30 days before the survey. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013
  Vomited or took laxatives to lose weight Percentage of students who vomited or took laxatives to lose weight or to keep from gaining weight during the 30 days before the survey. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013
  Overweight Percentage of students who were overweight, that is at or above the 85th percentile but below the 95th percentile for body mass index. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Obese Percentage of students who were obese, that is at or above the 95th percentile for body mass index. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
Nutrition Drank fruit juice in past 7 days Percentage of students who drank 100% fruit juices one or more times during the seven days before the survey. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Ate fruit in past 7 days Percentage of students who ate fruit one or more times during the seven days before the survey. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Ate green salad in past 7 days Percentage of students who ate green salad one or more times during the seven days before the survey. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Ate potatoes in past 7 days Percentage of students who ate potatoes one or more times during the seven days before the survey. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Ate carrots in past 7 days Percentage of students who ate carrots one or more times during the seven days before the survey. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Drank soda each of past 7 days Percentage of students who drank a can, bottle, or glass of soda pop one or more times per day during the seven days before the survey. 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Drank 3+ glasses of milk in past 7 days Percentage of students who drank three or more glasses of milk per day during the seven days before the survey. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Ate 2+ fruits each of past 7 days Percentage of students who ate fruits two or more times per day during the seven days before the survey. 2009, 2011, 2013
  Ate 5+ fruits/vegetables each of past 7 days Percentage of students who ate fruits and vegetables five or more times per day during the seven days before the survey. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013
  Ate 3+ vegetables each of past 7 days Percentage of students who ate vegetables three or more times per day during the seven days before the survey. 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Ate breakfast daily Percentage of students who ate breakfast everyday during the seven days before the survey. 2013, 2015, 2017
Physical Activity Active 60 min on 5+ of past 7 days Percentage of students who were physically active for a total of at least 60 minutes per day on five or more of the seven days before the survey. 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Active 60 min on 0 of past 7 days Percentage of students who were physically active for a total of at least 60 minutes per day on zero of the seven days before the survey. 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Active 60 min on 7 of past 7 days Percentage of students who were physically active for a total of at least 60 minutes per day on all seven of the seven days before the survey. 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Watched 3+ hours of TV per average day Percentage of students who watched three or more hours per day of TV on an average school day. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Played video games 3+ hours per day Percentage of students who played video or computer games or used a computer for something that was not school work three or more hours per day on an average school day. 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Attended PE class 1+ days in average week Percentage of students who attended physical education (PE) classes on one or more days in an average week when they were in school. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Played on sports teams in past 12 months Percentage of students who played on one or more sports teams during the 12 months before the survey. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Attended PE class daily Percentage of students who attended physical education (PE) classes daily in an average week when they were in school. 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
Asthma Have ever had asthma Percentage of students who had ever been told by a doctor or nurse that they had asthma. 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  Currently have asthma Percentage of students who had ever been told by a doctor or nurse that they had asthma and who still have asthma. 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011
HIV Ever been tested for HIV Percentage of students who have ever been tested for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS? 2015, 2017
Oral Health Most recent visit to the dentist Percentage of students who saw a dentist during the 12 months before the survey 2015, 2017
Adequate Sleep Gets 8 or more hours sleep Percentage of students who had 8 or more hours sleep on an average school night 2015, 2017
Good Grade Gest good grades Percentage of students who made mostly A's or B's in school during the 12 months before the survey 2015, 2017