Did you know that 80 percent of Norwood High School students and 100 percent of Norwood Middle School students did not use marijuana in the past month? Did you know that 85 percent of middle school students think it’s important to go to college? And 80 percent of high school students played on at least one sports team in the past year. Are these statistics surprising?  Want to learn more?

In the fall of 2017, the Norwood Middle and High School students participated in the Healthy Kids Colorado survey. The results and what the students said about growing up and going to school in Norwood might surprise you. On Wednesday, Norwood residents will have a chance to learn more about the survey and the health and well being of Norwood students.

The Norwood School District, in collaboration with Tri-County Health Network (TCHNetwork), is hosting an information meeting for parents and community members interested in learning more about youth health and the factors that help Norwood youth make healthy choices. Lauren Cikara from the University of Colorado-Denver School of Public Health, an expert on statewide youth substance abuse prevention, will be presenting Norwood results from the Healthy Kids Colorado survey at 6 p.m. at the Norwood Community Center at 1605 Naturita St., according to a news release.   

The Healthy Kids Colorado Survey is the state’s only comprehensive survey on the health and well being of young people. This voluntary and anonymous survey was administered to Norwood Middle and High School students in the fall of 2017. The survey is used by schools and communities across Colorado in their efforts to grow the healthiest youth in the country. The data collected as reported by the students themselves, includes, but is not limited to, weight, nutrition, physical activity, suicide, bullying, mental health, tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, drugs, sexual health (high school only), school and community engagement, and access to trusted adults. The survey also reports on youth attitudes and perceptions that impact their health and examine what factors can influence a student to make healthy choices. Light appetizers and refreshments will be served. If you have any questions regarding this event, contact Tri-County Health Network at 970-708-7096 or info@tchnetwork.org.

ABOUT TRI-COUNTY

HEALTH NETWORK

Formed in 2010, Tri-County Health Network is a 501c3 nonprofit with offices in Telluride and Naturita. TCHNetwork operates 20 community outreach programs that serve a vital role in filling the void of access to health care by assuring care is accessible, affordable and available to all populations in our four-county region (San Miguel, Montrose, Ouray and Delta counties). TCHNetwork is committed to increasing access to care, building health equity and eliminating health disparities. For more information, visit tchnetwork.org.