North Carolina Teens Face Obstacles In Reaching Healthy Adulthood

A report finds North Carolina teenagers face many obstacles to a healthy adulthood.

Medical and child advocacy groups examining data said Tuesday too many adolescents lack health insurance and fail to get a high school diploma within four years. The report from the North Carolina Metamorphosis Project also raised concerns that 38 percent of high school students say they drank alcohol in the past month and the rate of sexually transmitted diseases among teens has increased. The report said there's some encouraging news -- tobacco use is down among teens and more young people are volunteering in their communities.

Project members say the report is part of their effort to improve the health of 1.4 million state residents ages 10 to 20 in the next decade.


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  • by Ron Location: NC on Aug 26, 2009 at 02:03 PM
    I don't really believe that the health insurance thing has anything to do with getting their diploma. I agree that there needs to be MORE STUDYING from these kids. Parents need to kick it up a level and help their kids.
  • by Home Slice Location: Washington, NC on Aug 25, 2009 at 06:54 AM
    Home is where the story begins.
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Aug 25, 2009 at 05:16 AM
    What we need is more studies. Less action - more studies. If we can't get enough grant money to continue with this work, maybe we can get grants to do the same study on other states to see if they have any problems. As long as there is grant money available, we can keep studying and may never have to do anything productive.
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